John Lewis Mika Dresser, Antique
Don't waste your money
For a start - this is a two man job - and heavy. Don't think that you alone can build this thing yourself as I initially did.
As others have said with the white version of this - it comes with a vast amount of parts and in the case of the screws - all bundled into one bag (all 220 + of them) instead of being separated...so it takes a good 90 minutes to just unpack, check and sort all of the pieces.
However the problem came when we started to try and make the thing.
I put the first problems down to a bad batch. The top and bottom large wooden blocks were warped badly. But hoping that when all together this would rectify itself, we carried on.
We found that the boards where so badly warped, the top changing table had a 5mm gap in the middle of the board to the across slats, and the bottom board would not fit or align any of the screw holes. So we went into the store and reordered the two warped panels. We've now got the replacement pieces -but the top board for one is worse than the original.
My wife is incredibly upset as it was a present from family and I did not expect this from something of this perceived standard.
**Update** We built it! It looks Great!! .......Except the doors won't close without catching. Great.
It should be noted that my original 4 reviews were rejected so take all of the reviews on this site with a pinch of salt!
17 August 2012
Smart product but problematic to put together
For anyone considering buying this product I would advise to be aware of the time it takes to build if you choose the self-assembly option. My husband and Father-In-Law took approximately seven man hours to put the dresser together. I would say it is definitely a two-person job to build as well.
The instructions provided with the product for self-assembly are poor, and the dresser is made up of literally hundreds of pieces of wood so you need to have a large space to lay out the wood before you can begin.
On the plus side the product does look very smart when assembled, but it did cause a lot of stress given the time and effort it took to build. Also, even after being built correctly two of the drawers stick, which we are hoping will improve over time...
Overall, given that I am heavily pregnant, the stress experienced putting this product together obviously isn't the best thing. I hesitate to recommend paying the extra to have someone come and built it for you, but it isn't something I would attempt to do again after our experience.
15 August 2012