White ConnectionsÂ® Extended Desk Shelf
Awful awful design, cheap hardware
Any goodwill I had towards the overall nice design of the Connections shelving system was OBLITERATED by the poor design of this desk shelf.
The desk shelf is designed to rest on the metal crossbars just like the bookshelves, but because the slots are cut wider than the crossbars, the shelf will tip forward if you put any weight on the front. To prevent this, a bracket is provided; we are expected to screw the bracket into the underside of the desk shelf.
So far, this is not too terrible. But someone decided to save a couple of pennies on the production and hardware provided with this MDF shelf (which is marked up at least 1000% from its materials cost).
There are 4 pre-drilled screw holes, and 4 tiny screws. The owner is expected to place the shelf on the crossbars and then screw in the brackets from underneath. Only, the pre-drilled holes aren't big enough. In some cases, the holes are full of the material used to coat the shelves. The awkward position hampers your ability to force the screw into the wood. And the CHEAP screws are of such low quality that I broke off the screw heads of two while trying to screw them in (by hand!)
If any poor purchaser happens to read this, here's a helpful installation tip. Place the desk shelf upside down on a flat surface. COMPLETELY screw in each screw all the way, without the bracket. This will allow you to apply full force, a task that is nearly impossible while upside down underneath the shelving unit. With the holes enlarged, unscrew each screw, install on the crosspiece, and screw back in.
If you are unlucky enough to break a screw, or want to make your installation easier, I would recommend using some #8 x 3/4" wood screws. These are short enough that they won't penetrate the top surface, and beefy enough to screw in without breaking.
Container Store, you need to fix this. At a minimum, you need to provide better quality screws, and improve the quality control on the pre-drilled holes. A better solution would be any other kind of fastening system that doesn't require screwing up from underneath. Bolts with captive nuts epoxied into the wood would be a decent alternative.
October 23, 2014
Not great if will be used constantly
Scratches easily and the heights were not ideal for us to be used as a desk. Elfa is a lot better.
October 23, 2013