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Linon Anna Collection Media Center
Price:$129.99+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2009
This Linon Anna collection media center looks so nice when it is put together BUT it is NOT easy to put together at least i did not think it was. The directions did not have words just pictures and the parts are stickered with numbers but do not show you up and down like most things made by Linon do. It looks nice and well made when put together it was just hard for me to get it done. It holds my 42inch LCD with no issue. : )
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on September 19, 2013
As other reviewers have mentioned, this is a difficult piece to assemble! There aren't many parts, but because of the way everything is constructed, it takes a lot of time and a lot of labor to put together. The main issue that I ran into was that the guide holes for the screws were way too close to the walls of the unit. Because of this, it made it impossible to hold a screwdriver with a normal grip; I had to hold the screwdriver with the tips of my fingers and turn very carefully. I obviously couldn't put much weight on the screwdriver, so it was incredibly difficult to get the screws to go into the wood. I have slightly larger hands for a female, but definitely smaller hands than most men. I'm surprised the unit was designed this way.

I also ran into issues assembling the drawers because the wood kept on splitting - and, no, I did not use any power tools (this would definitely result in split wood, so don't use anything but a screwdriver). Customer service was great and sent me a new drawer kit within a few days. I was able to put these drawers together with only minor splits in the wood (not worth getting another set). Basically, because of the hardness of the drawer walls, it is nearly impossible to get the screws in without splitting the wood. I weigh around 125 lbs, and I had to put all of my weight into it! Once the drawers were together, the left drawer scraped/got stuck on the front of the unit. At this point I did not want to go through the tedious process of ordering and putting together another drawer, so I just sanded down the sides a bit.

As a side note, I have owned and put together many pieces of furniture (from bookshelves and desks to tables and bed lofts). This is the most difficult assembly I've ever experienced.

The unit does look nice, though, now that the task of assembling it is out of the way. The "distressed look" literally looks like they messed up the finishing because RED streaks (seriously, why red? I would understand brown) are on random edges. I did not like this at all, but a black Sharpie filled all the gaps in the finishing pretty much flawlessly. I can't tell that the distress marks were ever there.

Also of note, dust is highly visible because the finishing isn't completely matte. Not really an issue for me, but it might bother some people.

TLDR; I would not recommend this unit based solely on the time and effort that went into assembling the unit. Honestly, I would rather spend and extra $100 before going through that process again.
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on April 16, 2009
This is a nice looking piece of furniture for the price, but the solid pine wood top isn't strong enough to hold a 42" plasma without significant bowing. So, good bargain item for LCD TV's, but not built for Plasma weight.
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on March 1, 2015
All the the pieces were shipped and the assembled cabinet was surprisingly sturdy. But, wow, trying to figure out which part was which and how to put it all together was not unlike solving a Rubik's cube. Although many of the parts look identical--or at least similar--to other parts, the "instructions" (use of that word is a euphemism) really didn't help to clarify which item was left or a right or a shelf or a top or which side was up...or when/how to insert which screw or bolt. The larger pieces aren't labeled, but thankfully the hardware is. On the bright side, everything lined up perfectly and assembled cabinets were really nice. The wood is solid; no veneer or composite.

There was some damage to a few pieces during shipping. I ordered four of these, so was able to put three together...swapping out scratched or chipped items with one unit that I set aside for "parts." Hopefully, I will be able to complete assembly of the last cabinet after contacting the 800 number supplied for replacement parts.

Though construction was not easy and I have some dings to work out between several ordered cabinets -- the final result is well-made and a good value.
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on January 31, 2015
The other ratings about this taking a few hours to put together is completely true. I ended up having to use a drill because there were just so many screws that my hand was going numb. Also as others have said, the holes don't always line up completely which makes using a screw driver impossible.
There are also a ton of random red lines on the edges. It looks likes these areas weren't painted. I had to use touch up paint to fix it because it looked bad. The drawers are not even and no matter what I have tried I can't make them look symmetrical.
The design and size are perfect for my apartment, and I'm not returning it for the fact that I spent 3 hours putting it together. When I look at it from a distance, it looks like a decent piece of furniture and the criss-cross design is lovely.
But to me this is a cheap piece of furniture, so next time I move, this is going in the trash.
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on January 29, 2015
This is one of many Linon Anna pieces that we have and I have been very pleased with all of them. They are attractive and durable and fairly simple to assemble, as far as these things go. We have had this for a little over two years at this point and have moved with it one time. It's still in great condition and displays our 46" TV perfectly, it is a perfect fit for it. The drawers are spacious and house probably close to 60 or 70 DVDs. The shelf holds our cable box and Xbox neatly without being crowded.
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on January 11, 2014
This may be fine if it did not come damaged. There was red paint on the wood with damage into the edges. It was not an easy process to return either. It took way more time than it was worth. However, I did finally get a refund.
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