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Simple but useful media tower
on July 12, 2012
While the construction of this media cabinet is not exceptional, it does end up being an effective storage solution. The tower is built out of the usual cheap pressed wood pulp, though it should have no trouble holding up to your media collection. The assembly is easy and only required about five minutes. The pieces are labeled and the instructions are clear, but the tower can be assembled without even opening them. The tower is held together by a combination of wooden dowels and screws. I was initially worried about stability, but was thankfully proven wrong. After all of the parts are together, the tower's wide base makes it stable even on carpet. After installing the screws, there are no plastic caps or stickers to hide the screw holes. The screws finish is black making it harder to spot the holes, but they are noticeable if that bothers you.
The tower is fairly small once assembled and seems much larger in the picture. It only stands about waist high (I am 6ft tall) but manages to hold quite a bit of media. If you use the tower for DVDs or Blu-Rays, you will have a couple of extra shelves left over. You can only use all of the included shelves if you use part of it for CD storage. The shelves are installed by placing them on four metal dowels that are inserted in pre-drilled holes on the tower's uprights. The shelves are routed allowing the shelf to be more secure since it slides onto these dowels instead of just floating on them. Given how cheaply made this tower is, it is a nice addition that should ensure your shelves do not slide out of the tower (a great benefit given that my sub woofer sits directly beside it.) If you are looking at a cheap storage solution, this cabinet should do well so long as you don't expect premium construction out of a $30 product. The lack of screw hole coverings seems a bit cheap, but can easily be rectified on your own. While this cabinet will not be your most prized piece of furniture, it does to an admirable job of holding a lot a media for very little money.