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Very cute, solid deal
on February 22, 2014
My 12-year-old wanted a dresser for her birthday. She changed her mind every other day from October until February, when we saw this. At first, she wanted a more expensive dresser we saw at World Market. I looked it up online and realized it was made out of particle board and very little real wood, so I tried to find something better quality. I found this at Ikea dirt cheap and was going to purchase it immediately. And then I saw that shipping from Ikea was going to be more than the item cost. It was priced at $149, with a $299 delivery charge. There is no Ikea store where we live, so I started searching online for it.
I found it here at Amazon for $209 plus $66.99 shipping, which was a better deal than Ikea, so I purchased it.
First, you have to know how picky my daughter is. She wanted a wide dresser, not a tall one, but it could only have three full drawers. Not six or eight like most wider dressers, and it couldn't have any of the drawers divided into two separate drawers, even though that would provide the same amount of space. It had to match her new bed, but not exactly. It had to have legs and not sit almost on the floor, it had to have knobs and not handles, and had to have a top that appealed to her. So as you can see, not an easy task.
The dresser arrived quickly, in the time indicated. It came in two boxes, one of which looked like it had been mauled. All of the small hardware pieces had come out of the packaging, and were floating around loose in the box. Because the box was not secured well at the time, I was worried there might be missing pieces. I blame this on the packager, not the manufacturer.
When it turned out all the pieces were there, I decided not to complain. The dresser was moderately difficult to put together. Not hard to do, exactly, but one of the two boxes, the one with all of the wood in it, was too heavy for me or my daughter to lug up the stairs. My husband had to use a power screwdriver, but he mostly uses that anyway. He said a couple of really choice curse words at certain intervals, letting me know it wasn't exceptionally easy to put together. He's a contractor, so building is kind of his thing.
Once it was built, it was very nice. It is a strong, heavy pine. The drawers are massive and are lined in pretty paper, which was a nice touch. The knobs are silver and very pretty, although we may change them to match her room later. The drawers open and close easily, something we had a problem with from her last dresser. The drawer bottoms and sides are obviously some kind of manufactured wood or strong particle board, but it is thicker than her last dresser. I still told her not to overload the dresser, because that is when the drawers start to break.
One corner of the dresser top had a slight chip, which I attribute again to the lack of proper packaging. Wood should be packed in such a way it doesn't scrape against other pieces of itself inside the box. But the dresser actually looks sort of distressed anyway, so it wasn't a big deal. Not enough of a deal to package it back up and send it back in the mail, especially not after how long it took us to make the princess happy on our budget.
She loves the dresser, and that's what really counts. One thing I will say is that it does hold dust and cat fur. We have a long furred white cat and we had to end up putting a cloth on top of the t.v. because the cat is on top of everything, especially new things. (he's deaf so it's hard to discipline him. Not that cats listen that well anyway.)
I would recommend this if you can find it at a good price. I would recommend it even more if you can walk into an Ikea and buy it to get it for a cheaper price and not have to pay shipping or worry about someone having poor packaging skills.