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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2005
I bought the tower despite the bad reviews and so far I think I made a great decision. I didn't buy it at Babies R Us, but chose another vendor instead that offered free shipping and ended up costing a bit less. I ordered the tower on 10/28/05 and it arrived 11/23/05, which wasn't a problem since I knew that Stork craft products tend to take awhile to ship, so I ordered early. The box came in perfect condition and when we took it apart all the pieces where undamaged, in great condition and there was nothing missing.

It took my mom and I (I am 5 months pregnant) an hour to put it together, the directions where easy to follow and the assembly was a piece of cake. The only difficulty is to screw on the back panel. There were a million screws, so have your electric screwdriver handy. Also be careful with those screws the tolerances are very close and the wood is soft so is you don't screw them in just right you may end up with screws sticking out. We simply redid them and now there are a few chips in the back of the tower, nothing to worry about.

Upside

* Looks absolutely amazing. The wood is beautiful and shiny, the design is elegant and looks great in the room

* The drawers are deep and allow for lots of storage. Easy to take out and are finished with white on the inside for a very clean and appealing look.

* The side cabinet is great. Shelves can easily come out to allow for larger items to be stored. Might be a good place for a diaper genie...

* Very sturdy and heavy, and as a bonus comes with a wall attachment so that you don't have to worry about it tipping when the little one starts walking.

* The top of the tower can be used as a changing table, or you can buy a hatch that can be easily attached for additional storage.

* Very easy to assemble, everything is predrilled and the directions are super easy.

Downside

* The wood is very soft, so you have to be careful during assembly not to chip or damage the pieces.

* While most of the tower is very sturdy the back panel is made out of flimsy material and the screws are a pain to use. In hint sight we should have nailed the back panel.

Overall absolutely great product. Functional and looks really beautiful. I suggest ordering elsewhere and ordering early, in case there are problems.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2005
First of all, despite some of the other reviews I read I had no problems with shipping. The item was immediately delivered after I ordered it. The box and the condition of the pieces inside were flawless. We put this together in a couple of hours and I love it!!! The drawers are long and deep and hold a lot of the baby's things. I also love the side cabinet with the shelves. It is perfect for holding baskets and other items. It is very sturdy and good quality. This will be a piece of furniture my daughter will have for years to come. Especially once she is old enough and we are done using it as a changing table, we can purchase the hutch for additional storage.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2005
This is a sturdy, beautiful, functional piece. We purchased this combo, the hutch, 5 drawer dresser and Rochester crib. I put this together myself in about 45 minutes and I am 6 months pregnant. I have not assembled the hutch yet, since the nursery is not yet complete, but I can't wait to see it together! I am very pleased with my purchase. It looks exactly as shown, although the oak was a little darker than I expected.

I'll post my review on the crib when I get it together!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2006
I purchased this item on line. It appeared to be a nice product. I love the color and it gets a lot of compliments from on lookers. The main issue with this product is that the drawer holders come already attached to the interior of this unit. They were all hung incorrectly at the factory. I had to get a drill, measure each and every drawer for proper alignment and re install the factory attachments. It took over 2 hours to complete. Once I put items in the drawer (added some weight), the alignment is still a bit off. The same is true for the matching 4 drawer chest too.

Also, the items purchased came in with scratches and dents from the factory. The shipping boxes were not really that damaged and items were packaged well with a lot of Styrofoam. Luckily, the damaged areas are not that visible due to the location the items were placed in my baby's room. I also had some pens to match the paint color, as these items are the exact same color as my kitchen cabinets.

Would I purchase this item again? No. Pay a little more and get a better product.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2005
My wife and I ordered this combo changing tower along with the matching crib and armoire, and we were EXTREMELY unsatisfied with ALL 3! All 3 pieces came with parts broken, and this changing tower came without a single fastener in the entire box. We returned the armoire and changing tower to try again, but when we got the second shipment in, we had the exact same problem again. The crib had enough pieces in tact that we were able to only order replacement parts. However, the replacement parts also came broken. In 6 attempts to ship us furniture, Storkcraft failed miserably all 6 times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2005
As with most DIY furniture, having an electric screwdriver, a rubber mallet and a hammer handy makes the assembly process a lot easier. However, it still took most of the afternoon for one person to complete. Quality is good overall, but the rear support boards (which you can't see anyway) were challenging to attach b/c they weren't cut evenly and the door hangs just slightly askew. However, it looks nice and has crisp, clean lines. Arrived undamaged with all the hardware.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2006
That pretty much says it all. It looks great, it worked wonderfully for the first 7-8 months, then it started falling apart little by little. By the time my baby was 13 months old, the Beatrice dresser/changing table had the bottom drawer completely off its railing and the backing falling down bit by bit. So, even though the price is right, if I had to purchase a changing table all over again, I would not buy this piece. I'd spend a little more and get a better quality item. However, I did purchase a Storkcraft stages crib and that item is still in wonderful shape... so, maybe it was just a fluke that the combo dresser/changing table didn't work out so well? Who knows! Good luck with your decision!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2005
I have never taken the time to write a review before but thought this deserved one. Like many people on a tight budget I scoured the east coast for a good deal on a decent crib! I was terrified after all the reviews, but felt I should try anyway. We got the crib, combo tower and the armoire and they look beautiful! There are a few things that you can notice if you look deep enough, but they don't look like anything more than flaws in natural wood. I put all 3 peices together myself at 33 weeks pregnant, with no problem and the directions were actually very good. No missing pieces at all!! We bought ours at Baby Depot, through Burlington Coat Factory, because I didn't want to pay for shipping and they keep it in stock!!!! BIG HELP! It fit in our Altima, and Baby Depot will replace any missing or broken pieces (we didn't have any) right from the store so no dealing with Storkcraft or mail. Our nursery looks great and we did it for roughly $700. Can't beat that!! Highly recommend!!!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2005
On April 10th I placed an order for the deborah crib (cognac) and the beatrice chaning combo (cognac). Babies R Us had the delievery time listed as 1-2 weeks. I received my crib within that 2 week time frame but the combo tower was a whole different story. For 7 weeks after the crib arrived I hounded Babies R Us and Amazon to find out when my chaning table was coming. They kept telling me it was on back order and give it until June 11 (2 MONTHS after my original order date). When June 11 finally rolled around I emailed them again and they first told me it was still on back order and then not but 3 hours later they told me it was discontinued!!!! I was devestated... and only had 7 weeks left until our baby came. My husband and I feversihly went to the Babies R US store to see if we could find something else... no luck... everything was outrageous in price. Finally we went to Burlington Coat Factory and found the exact changing table that I order from BAbies R Us (that they said was discontinued). I was then thrilled due to Burlington.

I rated this item a 2 because after we did buy it at Burlington and put it together it was a great dresser/changing table. It took my husband and I about an hour and a half to put together. Also, Babies R Us/Amazon did refund some of my shipping and handling from my crib because they did take so long. I was still upset because they had not contacted me sooner.

I recommend this piece of furniture but just don't order it online from Babies R US/Amazon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2006
I bought this piece hoping it would work with the crib that we bought that didn't have a dresser with it. I was so happy to see that the finishes were perfect together and it looks beautiful. I was nervous from reading some of the reviews that it would come damaged and not in good shape. When my husband and I opened the box everything was there and nothing was damaged. It took us about and hour and half to put it together and was very easy to following the directions. I LOVE IT and would recommend this item to everyone.
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