Ratings & Reviews
Looks decent, but not worth the torture of assembly
Assembling the Edge Modern Bookcase was arguably one of the most arduous and torturous tasks I have ever experienced. I am sad to say I will never be buying furniture from Meble again. Let me give some context to this: I had just purchased the Roma Modern TV stand. Everything went pretty smoothly - delivery was quick, assembly was quite straightforward. It was a cool looking TV stand, and I thought, hey, why not get a cool bookcase to match? The Edge looked like an awesome piece, so I went ahead and paid $750 thinking this could only be easier to assemble than a TV stand right? How naive and wrong I was. The first red flag was I found out the shipment was delayed. No problem, I messaged customer service and they got right back to me promptly, saying they ran out of stock and will get a new shipment from Europe in about 2 months. Fast forward to March, and delivery day comes. FedEx drops off what appears to be a large wooden coffin and a giant pallet which sits in my garage to this day, as I have no way to dispose of it. Inside the coffin were a few separate boxes containing the pieces – why they couldn’t just deliver me the boxes I will never know. Eagerly I bring the boxes inside, preparing for assembly. Keep in mind, I have in fact managed to complete assembly at the time of this writing. To this moment, I am convinced the folks at Meble have never actually tried to assemble this themselves, or they would probably have taken this off the website. Allow me to detail the various problems that I ran in to for you. First, the instructions have only pictures. This would be fine other than the fact that all the nails and pieces are packaged with no logic whatsoever, with them essentially being randomly placed in bags that have no correspondence with the step they are used in. Still, I can use logic and deduction to figure out what goes where, so I figured that only added a little bit of time to the process. The first major problem arises when attaching the “handles” to the doors. I use the term loosely as they seem mostly for show. However the screws attaching them to the door appear to be too long – as the handles just wobble freely and after experimentation, I found that the holes they made in the doors leave too much space for the handles, thereby making it impossible to adequately tighten them. I figure that could be reasonably easily fixed so I carry on. The next major hurdle arrives when installing the back piece. I remain unclear if it is suppose to be one large piece or two, but mine came as two separate pieces. Looking at what they expect you to do in the instructions, I have to guess maybe it should be one big piece. Trying to slide two separate back pieces in was an absolute nightmare – since there was a groove only on one side, it would just fall out immediately when I attempted to slide it in. On top of that, it seemed like the bottom piece actually BLOCKED the piece from fully sliding in, and I had to use a screwdriver to break the edges of the bottom piece so it could properly slide in. From there, since they were separate pieces, they almost seemed to be too wide to both fit, and were overlapping, thus making it impossible to install the top piece to complete the installation. I was on the verge of giving up, but with a bit more tinkering I finally was able to align it perfectly and get the back installed. The pictures regarding the nails going into the backboard were vague, but at this point I just did whatever felt right because I was just about over it. Of course it did not end there, unfortunately for my now broken and tortured soul. The next step was the shelf installation – what could go wrong, I thought? Well, the wooden shelves seemed to be slightly too wide, but after using some forced I shoved them in there anyways. The glass shelves on the other hand, were not wide enough – just barely touching the edges of the pathetic shelf holders they designed to hold them. Again, I remain convinced no one actually tried assembling this before they shipped it out, because one look at this setup and you would be living in constant fear that at any moment these shelves will come tumbling down and shatter everywhere. Again, with some amateur rigging that gave some extra space between shelf holders, I was able to secure the glass pieces just enough that I did not think the glass would immediately come tumbling down to complete destruction. By some miracle, the LED lights worked, and the doors were installed with reasonably smooth fashion. I now have a completed Edge bookcase and I really wish I did not. I will never get the 6 hours of my life back that I spent assembling this. My mind and soul are broken and I may never regain the courage to assemble furniture again. Overall, while it looks nice enough, at a $750 price point, I only recommend buying this if you are a ********* and are looking for a new way to torture yourself. There is no way this experience was worth $750.
Love it but it missing the top glass piece. I bought 2 of these bookcases and one was missing this glass piece. Frustrating.