Top critical review
Solid unit let down by very poor quality control
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2020
This is an easy to assemble unit and at a push could be put together by one person but it is much easier and quicker for two people as there are parts where you have to hold sections in place to screw together. You have to provide your own screwdriver, there are no allen keys here, just normal screws. I had no issues putting it together and it took about 20 minutes from start to end. All the screws are clearly labelled which is which and the instructions are simple and easy to follow and understand.
My problem with the unit is the actual quality of the finish, out of the box I noticed many marks and imperfections, I can't imagine this happened in transit as the box was sealed and there were no holes in it. Everything inside was packaged well, there wasn't anything rattling about and each piece had protection around it.
The main areas of concern are the shelf unit at the top which has the paint chipped away on the edge, one of the turrets which has a spot where paint is missing on the top and of less significance but pretty bad is the back of the unit where it looks like something has smashed into it and although it is on the back still should not be there on a brand new unit.
Once put together and aside from the quality issues with the finish, the unit itself if very solid and once you add things into the little compartments this also adds extra weight. It won't fall down, I don't have any concerns putting it in a child's room where they are taking things in and out of the compartments.
I also feel, although the unit when put together is sturdy, that the cost is too high especially with the quality control issues. It feels as though because it is for kids then there is less attention to detail than they would be for adults. We have not returned the item as it is now put together and I don't want to take it all apart and try and put it back into the box, we can live with the damage but it's important I feel to let others know that if you get a perfect unit it's nice and sturdy and looks great. However from my experience and looking at other reviews it could be pot luck if your unit is fine or there are defects out of the box.
I have given it three stars as the unit is solid, easy to put together and looks good, i am sure my daughter won't mind the imperfections but the quality control leaves a lot to be desired.
- Easy to put together
- Looks nice, apart from the finish issues
- Lots of parts where the paint is chipped off or the finish is not good
- Very bad dint in the back of one of the pieces of wood
- No tools supplied to put it together
- Expensive for what it is