John Lewis Mika Dresser, Antique
Heavy but good quality.recomend to buy this sale price.quite big that we though.
good delivery as well.
25 February 2014
A great item at a super price
We needed a chest of drawers to go into our daughters big girl room, this one was too much of a bargain to not risk it - the older reviews did worry us, but we decided to go ahead.
We had three boxes, sorted these all out and then started. two hours later the whole things was assembled.
Its very sturdy, looks great and my daughter loves it.
Please don't be put off my the negative reviews, this is not the tricky to put together at all
17 February 2014
Good, strong, smart finish
We bought these for our daughter as she needed a new dresser, we also bought the matching wardrobe. Excellent condition look really smart. We did experience a problem with the colour, we was expecting dark brown wood as was pictured at the time, which is still pictured but also the colour we actually received is also pictured now (which wasn't pictured when ordering) very confusing as there two different shades of wood but described as one colour 'dark wood', john lewis did offer us some money off as we didn't get what we expected and wasn't in a position to return which we accepted. This colour does look nice just not what we expected to get but luckily the colour wasn't to match any current furniture. My partner did say with the dresser you need 4 pairs of hands when you get to a certain point but once all parts are secure its fine. We had one edge of a draw also where the holes were already drilled out of place and so we had to just screw it on, you cant see it though as its at the back. My partner managed to put the dresser up by himself took a few hours, very spacious and deep, got loads of space and a lovely smart finish. Great price too in the sale which is why we bought them, instructions are no harder than ikea's lol in fact he found them abit easier. Would have given 5 stars if we didn't have the colour issue.
14 February 2014
Good looking Solid Dresser
All the feedback on there regarding this Dresser was terrible, enough to make one think should i really buy this product?
I decided to take a gamble and order this dresser, purely because it was at sale price. Other dressers of this class go for much much more.
After spending years building IKEA flat pack products this was a no brainier as it uses the same style of assembly. I do however see how the instructions could easily throw an amateur person into the deep end leaving them clueless and baffled.
JL Kindly provide you with an allen key, but you will require a Philips head screw driver. I found a cordless power drill very useful to help butt the joints nice and tight. ( which you cannot get using a manual screwdriver)
The dresser comes with a bag of bolts. screws, dowels and other bits and bobs which take no longer than 10 minutes to sort out. I found there to be a shortage/missing on a few items provided like the cam bots and the felt pads. I have called up JL regarding this matter and as of yet I am still waiting to hear back from them.
It took me approx 3 hours on my own to build this Chest Drawer. I guess if I had an extra pair of hands I would had been done in half the time.
I could not build the final drawer as I am missing the Cam Bots which help secure the drawer panels.
The finished chest draw is quite of an average size however with the use of the baby changer, the chest drawer top will come out from the front and the back. This can easily be taken off as and when you need it by simply removing allocated bolts. I personally think that the drawer looks to bulky with the changer and consumes a lot of space. It is there as a added bonus if you want to use it.
I would have given this item 5/5; if the instructions where more user friendly and also if i had received the correct amount of fittings to finish the build.
Overall a very good looking dresser and a very solid feel
17 January 2014
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