Ameriwood? Westmont Collection 2-Drawer Lateral File, 30 3/8H x 29 1/8W x 19 5/8D, Expert Plum
Not worth it
I have the Ameriwood Westmont Computer Workcenter and the Ameriwood Westmont storage cabinet, and both of those products receive 4 stars from me. But this file cabinet has been an awful experience for me. First it was tough to put together. Second, it was even tougher to line up the drawers to put them in correctly, thus, they don't seem to go in and out smoothly. Third, The draws never seemed to stay closed. They always wondered back open, so much so that I had to use several pieces of tape to "lock" them closed. Lastly, this product is very flimsy. After a few months, it just fell off the track and was unusable. I wanted my entire office to match, but it looks like I will have a slightly different file cabinet. This one is just not up to par
December 28, 2013
It will break sooner rather than later
I bought this filing cabinet a little over a year ago. I returned it immediately because it arrived broken, and the company and OD sent a replacement.
The color is not true. It has an orangish tint to it. Also, no one looking at it would think it's real wood. The veneer will not fool anyone.
The assembly is relatively difficult. I'm no stranger to assembling shelves, filing cabinets, pantries, tv stands, chairs, etc. This one cut my hands, and I was swearing inside my head most of the time because pieces didn't line up or the holes weren't the right size.
Once assembled, the filing cabinet works ok. One drawer or the other has a tendency to stick out, so I've developed a habit of bumping it back in on my way by. The top drawer can only be opened by pulling from underneath, as it scrapes the lip of the cabinet on the way by. (The first cabinet was mostly assembled before I realized one of the pieces was broken and disassembled it for return. It had a similar issue.)
Today, out of the blue, the cabinet is locked and holding all my files hostage. We haven't moved it. It hasn't been abused. I have absolutely no idea why the drawers won't open, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to take the back off the cabinet to find out (which means prying up all those little nails...).
Overall, I'd probably have been happier with a different cabinet, even if it cost a little more. This one hasn't been worth the headache.
April 22, 2013
Didn't last a whole day
After the 2 1/2 hours of assembly, the bottom drawer rubbed on the base, and the space above the bottom drawer was too low for the tabs on my files for it to shut, so I got some lower hanging files.
Then the bottom drawer wouldn't open, and it wasn't the safety mechanism; the floor of the bottom drawer had slipped out and was catching on the base. The whole back wall of the drawer then came loose as the wood composite around the screws came apart when I was trying to open it.
Then I returned it.
February 27, 2012
Great match to Teak Wood
I have all mid-century teak office furniture, but didn't want to pay the $1800+ for a teak lateral file. I found that the Expert Plum finish on this file is a perfect match to our existing furniture! What a great find. Assembly takes a while, and takes a little tweaking to get the drawers to fit properly without rubbing, but overall very happy with the purchase!
February 9, 2012