I never write reviews, but agonized over getting this desk vs. the similar West Elm one for a long time, and wanted to share my two cents as I'm sure there are other people in a similar position! I'm super happy with this sweet little desk, and am glad that I was smart and decided to save over $200 getting this one vs. West Elm's Parsons desk. Here's how they differ: West Elm's has a smooth, glossy lacquered surface. This one has what I would call a semi-gloss surface, and actually has a light sort-of wood grain look and feel to it, which actually makes it feel higher quality, IMHO. I'm really happy with both the finish and the bright white color. I was worried that the desk would look like cheap plasterboard (aka IKEA's bookshelves, for example), but it doesn't. It's lovely! I've read that the finish can scratch easily so I'm being extra careful, but West Elm's Parsons desk also scratch and chip very easily, from what I've observed and reviews I've read. So the finish is A+in my book. The other big difference, as this might be important to a purist, is that the legs on this desk are not the same width as the tabletop, and that's actually what distinguishes the Parsons design: the width of all the pieces are the same proportion. The legs on this desk are thinner than the tabletop, as you can see in the stock photo. To me, this is not a big deal, but it might be important to someone. To be honest I didn't realize the difference before I ordered this one, and it's taken me two weeks of looking at it daily before I noticed the difference. All in all I think this is a great buy, and a lovely work desk!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? desk is a nice, bright white
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. good
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate