Altra Furniture Modern Mission Desk, Chocolate Wenge
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19 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Super cheap, and super cheap Sep 15, 2010
This is a case of you get what you pay for. The preassembled parts of the desk fit loosely and have gaps. The "wood grain" is a thin plastic film over particle board that arrived peeling off, and that shows scratches even from being wiped with a damp cloth. The poor-quality screws stripped out easily. The best thing about the desk was that assembly was easy, and it has nice lines. Unfortunately though, it won't last long and will need to be replaced.
Update: Almost two years later, the desk is holding up reasonably well:
- The wenge finish (plastic film) along the edges hasn't peeled any further.
- The surface of the keyboard tray has worn to a lighter color in the area where the mouse is used.
- I've got to be very gentle when moving the keyboard tray so that it doesn't jam.
I wouldn't buy it again, but given how it has held up and the purchase price, I'm upgrading my rating from ONE STAR to THREE.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Wouldn't buy again... Jul 23, 2010
I knew this was an inexpensive desk when I ordered it, but I expected more quality in the product then what I found.
The box the desk shipped in was in decent shape after going through UPS, however the overall product packaging is rather poor as two panels had noticeable scratched and one of the corners on the desktop is dinged up.
The side and back panels are quite loose and the pieces are not aligned properly. From a distance the desk looks nice but as you get closer you can see all the flaws.
The desk assembled in about 15minutes and the only required tool is a screwdriver.
You can do a lot better at Ikea for only a few dollars more.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Zen Looking Desk May 30, 2009
By Yu Chin Lu
Good Price, delivered so soon over my expected.
But you need a good screwdriver to install this desk.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
good basic desk Feb 21, 2010
By D. Raphael
No one is going to mistake this for a high-end piece of furniture. It's pretty obviously furniture of the RTA (ready-to-assemble) type. But for the price (I paid around $100) it's a pretty good desk.
There were a couple imperfections in the finish, nothing major. Though I haven't done so, I am sure they could be touched up easily with the touch-up pens available at office supply stores.
The instructions are pretty clear (diagrams). I would recommend studying them closely before beginning, just so you know what to expect.
But it went together pretty easily.
However, as one previous reviewer pointed out, you do need a good screwdriver, preferably an electric one. This is beause the little holes the screws go into that attach the drawer runners are too small, and too shallow. It is nearly impossible to get them in with a hand screwdriver. Even with an electric screwdriver, it was nearly impossible to get the screws into the very dense particle-board. My husband and I both tried unsuccessfully.
Finally I carefully hammered a fairly thin nail (if you do this, don't use too big a one!) into the holes, to make them deeper and a bit wider. This really helped, and after that me & my elec screwdriver were able to finish the job.
The top is quite heavy so it will help if you have a second person available to help you lift it up and position it before you fasten it to the sides and back.
The mission style is a refreshing change from the modern-generic styles which are so common.
By the way, this isn't a "wedge finish" but rather a "wenge finish." Wenge (wen-jay) is an african tree. The finish on the desk is a very dark, espresso brown.
It shipped much faster than expected (by about 4 days) and was here within a week.
Overall, it is a pretty good desk for about a hundred bucks.
update, April, 2012: Two years later, I still have this desk. We moved and I was sure it was not going to survive being moved, but it surprised me, and did. However, the finish hasn't held up all that well - an errant piece of packing tape skinned one 1.5" area, and using my optical mouse for a month or so without a mouse pad noticeably wore the finish in that area. There are a few other small 'skinned' spots of finish, too; I didn't notice when those happened - probably more tape, or something that got shoved across the surface. (I use this desk in a busy home office.) So, the finish isn't durable. I'd like to look for another desk, soon.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Nicks and scratches right out of the box Feb 02, 2011
I am pretty impressed with the end result when everything was all together. It is indeed a great looking desk for the price; however, the price is a definite reflection of the quality of the product. You just have to ignore the imperfections
The desk came with scratches on most of the pieces RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX! This company has some serious quality control issues. The wood, screws and pegs were all very cheap. You need to be careful when putting this desk together as the screws they give you easily dull off. (They do not provide extras)Have patience and get another set of hands. I tried to do this myself and it looked a bit like a circus act.
Anyway...if you're looking for somewhat nice looking desk and can ignore its little imperfections then get it. If you're looking for better quality in the wood, look elsewhere!
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