we liked this desk so much we bought 4 in the last 2 years! 1 for each of our 2 oldest kids (black) and 2 on opposite walls in our office (brown). they are big and sturdy, and have enough surface area to hold all the books and papers and the laptops used by my high school boys. the side shelves are big enough to hold a small bin or to pile books etc as needed. i noticed that the pieces (the desk has to be assembled, which takes about 20 minutes) now come shrink-wrapped in plastic which may be an effort to cut down on shipping damage. [...]
I am so glad I finally bought this desk. I have been eyeing it for months and when it went on sale, I pulled the trigger. It is absolutely beautiful, and so functional with the built-in shelving underneath. I bought the black Avington banker's chair to go with it and it is just beautiful. Another feature that I LOVE about this desk is how large it is. I bought it because I will begin working on a dissertation soon and wanted a desk with lots of space for papers, books, laptop, etc. This will definitely do the trick. When I'm done with school this desk will be an excellent workbench for arts and crafts.
Only a couple of cons, like other reviewers mine arrived with a few nicks and scratches on the edges, but it was nothing a Sharpie couldn't fix! Also, the surface does indeed scratch easily so I recommend getting one of those workstation mats for your laptop or keyboard.