John Lewis Abacus Filing Desks
Good looking and good quality
I purchased three items from this range, and am truly delighted with them. They look good of course. What is not so obvious from the website is the solid quality of the furniture, the smooth running of the drawers and the lack of that “flatpack nightmare”of any missing pieces!
I agree with many previous reviewers that the estimated construction time is laughable (I’m not sure why they feel it necessary offer this information anyway). Fortunately, having been forewarned by previous customers, this did not cause any frustration, especially as the end result was so good. We were also grateful for the warning from other people about lining up the camlocks correctly and would agree with those people who have suggested labelling the wooden parts themselves would make life easier than trying to recognise them from a drawing.
As for the desk itself: it is a good working size without being too large, making my study and our guest accommodation one and the same room without seeming over-furnished. I would repeat one hint from previous purchasers. If you have bought the keyboard tray as well, be sure to fix it to the desk top before completing and turning the desk upright.
24 June 2014
my second home
Nice size desk
And the best self assembly kit I have ever bought
Everything fitted perfectly
27 May 2014
Great range of excellent quality. We bought the desk, wide filing cabinet, wide cupboard and printer trolley to kit out our home office and it all looks great. It wasn't too difficult to assemble and the spare pack of screws etc that comes with each piece of furniture is a definite bonus. It's solid when put together and the drawers open and close well. Overall I would recommend this furniture.
27 May 2014
Solid home office desk
We bought two desks. The first one took us 21/2 hours to assemble. The instructions were clear enough but it took quite a while to identify the different parts and the way the bolts operate. Once you understand the way the desks fit together the process is straightforward and the second desk was built in an hour. We are pleased with the desks, they are certainly solid and the drawers run smoothly.
15 April 2014
After lots of shopping around this seamed the ideal one for me. It's taken 3 hours to build but I was on my own and I've taken my time. I'm not a DIYer by any means and would say if I can do it anyone can, looks fantastic now it's put together you would think I'd paid a hefty price for it very solid. Would highly recommend it!
04 April 2014
Superb home desk
Easily assembled, strong & beautifully made
21 February 2014
Smart looking, solid desk
Good quality desk for the home office with lots of storage space in the drawers, but compact enough to fit in the corner of the living room.
Would definitely recommend, but you need to be aware (as others have said) that it is very heavy. It did take a long time to build - the instructions didn't seem as intuitive as others I have seen (from Sweden). Also, all the fixings (and there are hundreds) are mixed up in one bag, so difficult to pick the right bits out. Also, why are there spare parts? Why not just make sure there is the right number of parts in the first place? In my case there was.
I might also put some clear varnish on the desktop as it does feel a bit softer than my work desk.
Anyway, put the time and effort in and you will be rewarded.
20 January 2014
Have been looking for a new desk for a while now. Needed something smaller than the one I had, and really pleased I went for this one. Has a great, quality feel to it. Feels solid, unlike cheaper alternatives. I also bought matching shelves, and it's made my home office look so much better.
08 January 2014