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|Product Type: Buffet||Base Finish: Cappuccino|
|Top Finish: Cappuccino||Hardware Finish: Brushed Nickel|
|Distressed: No||Base Material: Manufactured wood|
|Top Material: Manufactured wood||Reclaimed Wood: No|
|Solid Wood Construction: No||Number of Items Included: 1|
|Style: Modern||Display Case: No|
|Drop Leaf/Expandable: No||Mirror Included: No|
|Open Storage: Yes||Drawers Included: Yes|
|Cabinets Included: Yes||Shelves Included: Yes|
|Doors Included: Yes||Lighting: No|
|Leg Finish: Cappuccino||Leg Material: Wood|
|Wine Rack: No||Stemware Rack: Yes|
|Shelf Weight Capacity: 5 Pounds||Eco-Friendly: No|
|Product Care: Wipe clean with a dry cloth. Do not use strong liquid cleaners.||Country of Manufacture: China|
|Assembly Required: Yes||Tools Needed: Allen wrench and screwdriver|
|Additional Parts Required: No|
Great Piece or Furniture...
Talon from Port Orange, FL – Verified Buyer
I was looking for a credenza for my office. I searched Google and in turn several sites. I found a few that I liked, but they were all in the 6-8 hundred dollar range. This one was well suited to my needs and close to a third of the cost. I built professional office systems in past years, so I know good furniture. This piece is well made. This item is not easy to assemble for those who have no experience. If you stick with it, you can figure it out and have a great piece of furniture. Just be patient. I had this built within 1.5-2 hours at a very leisurely pace. The documentation does not show orientation of pieces very well, but otherwise is decipherable if you take your time. The orientation and articulation of most pieces will be obvious and mistakes will show themselves quickly. One exception to this is the main side pieces that the doors will be attached to. Watch out for the pre-drilled hinge holes. It is possible to assemble the entire piece and have the side pieces reversed left and right, putting the hinge holes toward the back of the cabinet. Put the hinges on the doors when you are ready to put the sides together and find the holes the hinges will screw into on the side pieces. Do not put the doors on at this point, just be sure you understand where the holes are. Orient the side pieces so that the hinge holes are at the front of the cabinet and you will not have to partially dismantle it for this small mistake. Two stars for the documentation. The furniture is a five star piece for its value.
Great buffet, horrible assembly
Jen from Brentwood, MD
5 stars for the product, 1 star for the instructions. The buffet itself is very nice. As others have noted, it's slightly darker in person than in the photo. The buffet is very solid and, unlike many assembly required furniture, the drawers slide perfectly. I would give this 5 stars except for the horrible, horrible assembly instructions and ease of messing up. As some background, I have designed and built actual furniture, from scratch, by myself. I have assembled over 100 pieces of flat pack furniture, typically by myself. These are by far the worst instructions I have ever used. The good: each piece of the buffet was numbered (using a red stamp on an unfinished side), the hardware was extremely well packaged, and all of the holes were drilled properly. The bad: everything else. The instructions are just pictures (which seems typical, although seriously, WORDS WOULD HELP). The instructions also change perspective without warning, so sometimes you're viewing the backside of the piece and sometimes the front. It's extremely confusing. The pictures in the instructions do not include all of the holes in each piece, so it's not immediately possible to figure out which side is up, left, right, front, etc. (some of the pieces have an unfinished side, which helps a bit because it's obviously the back). If the pictures of each piece included all its holes, this would not be a problem. Also, the inside side pieces are identical...almost. Turns out I put them on the wrong sides (there's no way to know this from the instructions), so I can't attach the doors and the shelves don't sit on their pegs. Because I followed the instructions step by step, I nailed on the back pieces before I tried to attach the doors. It was then that I realized the side pieces were on the wrong side, which means I can't attach the doors (the holes for the door hinges are way in the back, when they should be in front). Everything fit together perfectly until that point, so there was no indication that I had put the side pieces on incorrectly (all of the holes match up, etc.). I can't take it apart because the back is nailed on and the dowels are glued, so I had to do a little carpentry (drilling new holes for the hinges and making a few new cuts on the shelves so they fit. A simple sticker with front written on it would have ensured that the sides were not put on incorrectly. Without the additional carpentry, this took 2 people a total of 3 hours to put together. Once you figure out that the cam nut screws always go into the pre-drilled holes lined with white plastic and the dowels go in all the other holes, assembly goes much faster (this is true only for the body for the drawers, the cam lock screws go into regular holes).
Great dining cabinet
Roop A. from Laurel, MD
This storage buffet is a great piece for the dining room area. It has good storage space in each section. For instance, I was able to accommodate a detached blender on one shelf of the left-side cabinet. There are three shelves on each side of cabinet (left-side & right-side). The drawers also have a good amount of space as well. I was also able to accommodate wine glasses and martini glasses on both sides of the buffet cabinet (4 wine glasses per row and 3 martini glasses per row). The only reason I am giving this storage buffet a 45 and not 55 is because of the assembly. You really have to look ahead in the instructions to see how each piece is oriented to make sure that it is positioned correctly. The part which I didn't take into account is the left-side and right-side walls just behind the cup holders. If you don't orient those walls properly, you may find that the screw holes for the cabinet doors will be on the far end instead of the front-end. The assembly instructions don't do a good job of illustrating that. On the bright side, each piece was numbered but you have to check all 4 sides to find the numbering. I recommend sorting out each piece and laying them aside, then one by one, bring each piece in when it's ready for assembly (the instructions do highlight this). Once the storage buffet is fully assembled, you will realize its elegance.
greaet piece BUT
Magdalena from Linden, NJ – Verified Buyer
IT is a really nice futniture. It fit great with even small apartments. I live in NYC and in 1 bedroom didn't have a lot of space to make from a living room both living and dinning room, but I did manage to do that. This piece was added to it all. LOOK GREAT!!! putting it together- another story! When reading reviews I saw people complaining about it, but the I thought to myself- hey! I bet they wanted to put it together fast and quickly. NO! we were doing it slowly... and it took HOURS!!!! 2 times we had to undo everything and put it back toghether again....AND..... one shelve on the sides are upside down! hahahaha but you can't see it well. IT DEFINITELY WAS WORTH IT. The svelves on the side are not high as it looks on the picuture. They will fit small glasses but my wine glasses do not fit there at all, plus it would hold only 2 of them not 3. Now that the glasses do not fit, I have all those shelves empty and I am not sure what to do with them. For now I have regular glasses in there. the drawers are narrow. I know the item description gives you the messurements, but it is not always easy to imagine it. Overall NICE piece.
Affordable....looks like more expensive piece than it was
Maria from Palm Coast, FL – Verified Buyer
It was delivered as promised and in perfect condition. Assembly directions did not include text. But if you took your time, read the directions thoroughly and laid everything out before assembling, it was not really difficult.. The parts were properly packaged. Most important of all, the holes were all perfectly tooled. Nothing was askew. I'm a 68 year old woman with bad eyes. And I had no problems at all. It took me all day but that's because I work slow and gave much thought to how assembling one section would line up with the next before putting it together. Putting on the doors on could have used some helpful hints in the directions. Noetheless, I managed to do it on my own.......no help. Sturdy, attractive, well made. Takes tim and patience to assemble correctly.
Great Product - Bad Instructions
Warren from Barry's Bay, ON – Verified Buyer
This review picture shows a brown Cedric Buffet - the site I purchased the Cedric Buffet also had a brown one. I got a very dark brown/black one!? Doesn't quite match the photo - none the less, I absolutely love the high quality piece I got. It took an hour of studying to figure out the instructions. I had to start off on step 4 to try and figure out step 1. I got the piece to final stages only to find out I missed a step and had it backwards - I had to remove all the finishing nails and start over (I am now a professional finishing nail remover) It was an unpleasant experience - the manual NEEDS to be updated. A few simple additions on the drawings could save so much time and stress - I scratched the finish badly on second attempt putting it together. Proper instructions would have saved this mistake. Pros: Great Quality Piece Cons: Instruction manual needs an update - I could add the drawings to the instructions to make it easier.
Great looking piece but assembly is challenging.
Gretchen from Noblesville, IN – Verified Buyer
We love our new buffet. I would have given 5 stars if the assembly wasn't so difficult. The instructions are almost exclusively pictures. The pictures need to be larger and need to actually show the precut holes so you can clearly see what goes where. We put the panels the door hinges go on incorrectly. We didn't know this until over 4 hours into the project and until we were about the put on the doors. We were lucky in that my husband just took out his tools, measured and MADE it work. Watch very carefully how things line up and look ahead to the future steps that will involve the piece you're working with. That should help. Took 2 of us 4.5 hours with our snafu! It does look great where we put it and is very functional.
Versitile and functional
Megan from Seattle, WA – Verified Buyer
I was looking for somewhere to store my china, and if it could store wine glasses too that would be a bonus. When I saw this, I fell in love. If fulfilled both my purposes! When I received it, the assembly was a bit of a pain, but nothing I wasn't expecting. Its a bit darker than it looks in the picture. Because of a defect in one of the hinges, we can't adjust the closure of one of the doors but it still works and looks just fine. The shelves also aren't quite as wide as I'd like. I had to slide in my china dinner plates at an angle, and my china platters flat out won't fit. But for the price it looks nice, and fits the majority of my needs.
Very nice buffet, poor instructions
Jen from Brentwood, MD – Verified Buyer
Everything about this buffet is great EXCEPT the fact that the instructions for the doors are not clear (because of the way the instructions constantly change perspective, it's hard to figure out whether you're dealing with the left, right, front, or back). It's far too easy to assemble the entire thing only to realize that you have accidentally switched the sides, so the doors will not attach. I had to drill some additional holes in order to attach the door. If the instructions included any words, or just stopped constantly changing perspective, this would not be a problem. The pieces are well marked and otherwise assembly is quite easy. The buffet is attractive and sturdy.
Catey from Nederland, TX – Verified Buyer
It arrived a a lot of different pieces but once we got started it took 2.5-3 hours to put together without taking a break. It's really sturdy and quite chic. It holds all our china (8 place settings) plus some stemware. The actual color is slightly darker in person, but it still matches our furniture. My husband keeps saying. "I'm so glad we found this and bought it because it is perfect!" Honestly, I bought it without telling him...