Realspace Lake Point Writing Desk, 28 7/8H x 46W x 22 5/8D, Black
I just finished putting this desk together and it probably took me about 2.5hrs total. I'm not sure if the directions have been updated, but I didn't run into any issues like others said they did, just took my time and kept trucking along. The finished product looks awesome! I have it next to my black glass TV stand in my bedroom and the two match perfectly despite being different brands entirely.
The only thing about the desk that I think is worth a warning is that the drawers, when you put them together, can be super greasy (mine were). Other than that, it looks great! The drawers roll smoothly as well and leave plenty of leg room. I have a small MacBook Pro and plenty of room for a lamp and might even set a small printer on it too. I would definitely recommend this desk.
May 30, 2014
Sauder Lake Point Desk - Sturdy
The desk is extremely sturdy and very good looking; the assembly and assembly instructions were a nightmare!
If the instructions had been more clear, the assembly would not have been bad.
February 17, 2014
Nice desk, once it is assembled
I purchased this desk shortly after black Friday, as it was greatly discounted. Also, there was additional money off with coupon codes. I wasn't impressed by all the faux wood desks and their particle board. Once the desk is assembled it looks great and feels very sturdy. It appears it will last for years. With that being said, there are definitely quality and quality control issues. As I was assembling the drawers, the small self tapping screws supplied with the desk kept stripping. I am not sure if it was due to the thing sheet metal or the screws themselves, but they would never get snug. They would just keep spinning until the the screw and hole was stripped. I attempted to go to home depot and find more suitable replacements, but was unable to. The solution I finally came up with was to use pop rivets to assemble the drawers and the cabinet they go into. The larger screws for the frame seemed fine. Another issue I faced during assembly was on one of the panels for the drawers, the brace you are supposed to screw the slider onto was welded on backwards. There is a small bump that is supposed to help you line up the track and add a little spacing. The order should've been hole, bump, but mine had bump, hole, so the holes on the track didn't match up. I just drilled a few extra holes where they were needed and like I said before, I used pop rivets for everything. Assembly was very rough because of these issues. Once it was assembled, it appears to be very sturdy and looks great.
December 20, 2013
Desk has potential, but craftmanship is horrific
After reading misleading reviews on here, I felt compelled to jump in and offer specifics about what is wrong with this desk and how to fix.
Summary: This desk is a nightmare to build, and since several of the parts are incorrectly crafted, the only way to put this together at all is to jerry-rig using extra parts or a little ingenuity. For me it took 4+ hours, and I am a young, do-it-yourself type engineer. The end product is not bad, but given all the alternative products out there, I cannot recommend buying this if you value your time at all.
The critical problem involves the size of the holes in the drawer box. Specifically, the holes in the edges of parts P & Q are too large. That's three holes on each edge of each panel -- 12 hole in all. This makes it impossible to keep the four sides of the box together as in steps 8 and 9 of the instructions -- the box will just fall apart like a house of cards.
So how to fix?
Option 1) Buy nuts that attach to the "Z" type bolts (you may also have to buy bolts that are the same diameter as the "Z" bolts but slightly longer). This would solve the problem completely and you could make a very sturdy drawer box.
Option 2) Instead of screwing the "Z" bolts into the bottom "S" panel from below, screw them in from above (i.e. from inside the box). The box won't really hold together well, but power through and when you fasten it to the rest of the desk, it will become more sturdy. It still feels like if you lift the desk up, the whole drawer box may fall apart, but the desk will at least be functional.
I really question anyone who was happy with the craftmanship of this desk -- some of the other reviews look suspiciously cheerful.
So my advice is to look elsewhere, but if you go through with this desk, use your wits. Good luck!
November 17, 2013