Realspace� Dawson 4-Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, 54H x 15 1/2W x 21 3/4D, Canyon Maple
Exactly what we wanted/expected
We bought this cabinet to replace an old one that looked almost exactly the same. It took almost exactly 4 hours and 15 minutes to assemble (and I enjoy that kind of thing and am pretty good at it), so if you are going to pay someone to assemble this one vs. buying a pre-assembled one that costs more, figure that time into your cost estimates. I lost a little time on the assembly of the drawers when I realized that I had the drawer sides (D1 and D2) aiming the wrong way, which caused one immediate problem (the pegs on part A1 did not fit into the holes on the drawer sides -- because they were the wrong holes) and one future problem that I averted by discovering my mistake in time (the drawer rails part O would have been aiming to the front instead of the back). Turns out I had D1 where D2 should be, and vice-versa. They look very similar.
My letter-size files fit fine in a forward-facing direction, so I'm not sure what one of the other reviewers was complaining about. The back of this unit is ugly cardboardy stuff, but since ours is against the wall, that doesn't matter to us. The drawer slides are higher quality than I expected and are better than on the old one we were replacing because the drawer slides (and drawer bottoms) failed. And this one has a lock on the top drawer.
May 9, 2013
Very pleased with this cabinet. Took 4 hrs to put together, but it was worth it. Easy to follow instructions. Well packaged.
January 9, 2013
THUMBS UP for home use
This is hand down the easiest piece of furniture I have ever put together. When I first opened the box and saw all the parts my first reaction was I was going to be putting this together all day and night.... I was pleasently surprised! Every part is clearly marked and every screw and nail hole matched perfectly. When completed, cabinet's decorative lines matched perfectly. This cabinet is perfect and sturdy for a home office or personal use. The drawer bottoms would not be strong enough for heavy office files. The hanging file guides are plastic, not strong enough for heavy use. The drawers slide easily. I made sure the cabinet was level and have not had a problem with the drawers staying closed as previously mentioned in another review.
January 15, 2012
wish I had known
Product seemed heavy duty and was not too difficult to put together. Before I even had the files in the drawers, the drawers won't stay closed. I moved the glides and put in larger screws and still the same problem. The file cabinet doesn't seem as stable as the regular metal cabinets. I would definitely not recommend this product and will be more careful in my future ordering. If it didn't weigh so much, I would have returned this cabinet!!
July 14, 2011