Today I will introduce you a pretty interesting furniture piece, which has been gaining more and more popularity in online furniture shops, the Sauder Storage Cabinet With Drawer.
One of my readers had recently asked me if I had ever tried any product from Sauder, a very popular brand when it comes to home furniture. You may have heard of it, they sell many different products at pretty affordable prices, many of them on Amazon, so they have a lot of success.
The person that asked me about Sauder was curious if it’s worth buying from them, as he didn’t know too much about this company.
Well, I couldn’t give him a very brief answer to this question, so I decided to review one of the last products I bought from them, a Sauder Storage Cabinet With Drawer.
Before I tell you anything more about it, let’s check out some things you should know about this Sauder Storage Cabinet Drawer.
Product name: FREE STANDING CABINET, ESTATE BLACK FINISH
Cheapest place to buy: AMAZON
My rating: 8/10
So, to give you a brief idea, I definitely cannot say this was my favorite cabinet ever, but it has certain advantages, so let’s take a look at the PROs and CONs to see the things more clearly.
- If it’s well assembled, it looks very solid and high-quality
- When it comes to storage, I would say it’s great, as it’s really spacious and large
- Price is really affordable for a cabinet, even though it’s not made of solid wood, at least it looks so
- Can easily blend with the decor of almost every room, so it’s really versatile
- It can be returned or changed in case it’s broken or you’re simply not satisfied with it
- The assembly instructions and very complicated
- The assembly itself is a very difficult process which can take up to several hours; that in the best case, because it’s also possible that you don’t manage to assemble it right
- The quality isn’t very high, though it’s pretty good for this price
- It’s written to be black, but I would say it’s rather dark brown, so if you want a completely black piece, keep this in mind
- Doesn’t support a high quantity, like heavy objects
As you can see, there are a lot of both good and bad things about this Sauder Storage Cabinet With Drawer, things that make it quite hard for me to tell you straight whether it’s worth buying or not. For this reason, I will try to give you a more detailed review, where I can justify each of the previous advantages and downsides.
Keep reading the following lines. 😀
It took me so long to get it assembled…
If you’re an usual online buyer, you’re probably used to be in the situation when you have to assemble the pieces you buy by yourself. Well, I was too…at least in theory.
The thing that surprised me here was that the instructions that came with the package were so…confusing. Yeah, that’s exactly the word.
I’m used to assembling furniture pieces that come in several pieces, because it always seems to me that they tell you very clearly what you have to do, so there isn’t too much to worry about. But in this case, it wasn’t really so.
I don’t have the whole text anymore, I wasn’t smart enough to keep it. 😛 But I remember very well how misleading some of the steps were: on the instruction paper, they told you to put A into B, while they actually didn’t fit in each other. They told you where to place the opening parts, but you ended up with a space between them if you listened to the instructions.
And many other things of this type. In a word, very misleading instructions.
Anyway, if you listen to your logic, you will probably manage to get it rightly assembled after some time, and in case you don’t, you can ask someone who’s more experienced with this kind of stuff.
As I was talking about time…well, it took me about 3 hours to get it done, and I wasn’t completely alone. By the way, it’s pretty hard to do it by yourself, I mean you will probably need one more person because there are a lot of parts where one has to hold a piece and the other one work on it, so it’s not extremely easy.
So, when it comes to assembling, all I can say is that you’d better be prepared, or at least get someone skillful to help. 🙂
Once assembled, it looks better than you’d think
If the assembly process was so complicated and twisted, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the cabinet would look terrible in the end. It would be something quite expected, actually.
But to my huge surprise, it wasn’t really so. The cabinet looked really stylish, with that dark brown, polished look, with the doors well placed and with the adjustable shelf inside. And the thing that shocked me most was that it looked like a much more expensive piece, like the ones made of solid, natural wood.
Now that’s the next thing I want to talk about. In case you weren’t aware of it, you should know that this Sauder Storage Cabinet With Drawer isn’t made of hardwood or any authentic wood, but of a cheaper one, that doesn’t have the same proprieties when it comes to quality.
So, in theory, there should be a visible difference, but in reality there isn’t. Just take a look at it, you couldn’t tell it’s not made of solid wood, but of something else, much cheaper. It looks really stylish and seems to have a great quality. Maybe because of its polished aspect, maybe of something else, I don’t know, but the thing is that it looks expensive while it’s not at all so, and that’s exactly what you want from an affordable cabinet, to look like a $500 one.
A+ for storage space
The space inside is really enough, so I would give this Sauder Storage Cabinet With Drawer an A+ for storage space, because, even though it’s not the best at aspect or utility, it definitely doesn’t have any problem when it comes to the storing space.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that inside, this drawer wasn’t one of those that look large and are actually pretty narrow. On the contrary, at first sight you could say it’s pretty small and crowded, but once you open it you will see that you have enough space to store whatever you want. Well, not really so, but you get what I mean.
Of course that you won’t be able to keep an elephant inside (:P), but you will find it spacious enough to store everyday stuff that you don’t have enough place for in your home. I tried with a big printer, and it fit in there easily.
The dimensions on the official site are stated to be 28.2 x 19.4 x 29 inches, which is probably right, I haven’t measured it literally, but it looks to have the claimed size.
It’s not a massive drawer designed to store clothes or something similar, so considering the purpose it has, I don’t have too much to criticize about it, from this point of view.
So all in all, space is the last thing you should worry about if you buy this cabinet, because though it doesn’t look that large, it actually is spacious enough for most people, including me.
The cabinet is pretty solid, but take care what you place on it
You’re probably aware that for this price, it’s quite impossible to get a drawer made of solid, hardwood, so you’re may be wondering whether this drawer’s wood is actually solid or not.
Well, to be honest, it is quite solid, more solid than I had actually expected. If you touch it or try to move it you can feel that it’s not made of bamboo or any light material, but of a solid, hard material, probably some cheaper wood. Although they don’t mention the exact type of wood, I believe it’s a less expensive one, else I’m sure you couldn’t get the drawer at $110.
Anyway, although I have only praises when it comes to how solid it looks, the problem is that it’s not so when you try it. I know many of people use a drawer for placing things on it, not just for storing them inside, and I’m definitely one of them, so this Sauder Storage Cabinet With Drawer wasn’t really to my taste.
Though it seems solid enough to hold heavy stuff, it’s actually not. I tried placing the TV on it, and I would always have the feeling that it’s about to fall apart and break. Normally, it should have been able to hold the TV, but it wasn’t. And it was the same with the other massive things, I had the impression that the cabinet wouldn’t hold them all.
So, keep in mind that you shouldn’t place a lot of solid pieces on this small drawer, because unfortunately it’s not able to hold them and you may get a bad surprise.
A very versatile piece of furniture
I told you this cabinet was definitely not my favorite one, but even so I can’t deny that I loved its design and shape, because it was perfect for any kind of room.
It would blend a Minimalist decor, Boho would also make it look natural, and even a Cottage decorated room wouldn’t look bad with this cabinet inside. The pattern is really simple and stylish at the same time, making it a very wise choice no matter what design style you chose for your room.
A thing you may want to consider is that, although on paper it’s said to be black, it actually has a lighter color, something around dark, cherry brown. So it’s not 100% black, in case you have a decor that would need only a black piece, this may not be quite the right choice.
But when it comes to versatility, it’s definitely what you’re looking for.
No comment for the price
Yeah, when it comes to price, I don’t have anything to say, in my opinion it’s a really really affordable one, and the quality is not so bad. For $110, it’s actually really good, I haven’t found too many cabinets at this price.
So there’s nothing I can say about this, the price is great and you can’t really say you’re wasting your money on this piece. And if you click on the link below, you will also get it shipped for free, without paying any extra dollar, in case you decide to buy it from Amazon.
Therefore, worth buying or not?
Well, if you want a cheap cabinet that would look much more expensive than its real price, then yes, I could say it’s worth buying. As long as you manage to get it assembled and then store everything inside (not on it), then it could be a great acquisition.
However, if you have the possibility to pay some extra $ for a hardwood cabinet, I really advise you to do so, you’ll be able to tell the difference. You also won’t have to face some really difficult assembling instructions, and that would save you the trouble of losing some precious time…and energy.
So, this Sauder Storage Cabinet With Drawer is not a bad investment at all, but you can also find some better options, as long as you’re willing to pay a bit more.
I hope my Sauder Storage Cabinet Drawer Review was what you’ve been looking for in order to help you decide, so please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write a comment below and I will gladly answer you.
So tell me, would you buy this Sauder Storage With Cabinet Drawer?