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Versa Storage Cabinet

Reviewing: Estate By Rsi Versa Storage Cabinet  |  Rating:
mustangsally82 By mustangsally82 on
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I bought this wardrobe to go in a bedroom that is in the basement of my house. Because my basement has concrete block walls, there is no closet at all in this bedroom. I was looking for an inexpensive way to store clothing without having to build a closet or simply hang closet shelving on the wall with nothing to protect the clothes from dust.

Lowe's had a variety of similar wardrobes in different lengths. I chose the 36-inch one because the space where I was going to put it wasn't much wider than that. They also had a 48-inch and a 24-inch model. Lowe's website lists this cabinet as $217, but my local store offered it for $202. I paid $217.66 total with tax, and then I spent about two and a half hours assembling the wardrobe.

The wardrobe is 70.5 inches high, 36 inches wide, and 20.75 inches deep. It is finished in white on the outside, and the interior is a neutral color.

I put it together by myself, so if you have help it probably won't take you as long. The instructions were mostly clear, but I've put a lot of furniture together before. Most kits like these include stickers with part identification (using A, B, C, etc.), but this one required you to spend a lot of time looking from the parts to the instructions and figuring out where each piece went.

The only complaint I had about the instructions was that the names and descriptions of the hardware did not include information about how many of each were required for the individual steps. For instance, it would list the length and type of screw, but it wouldn't say that there were four in the box.

I usually set out all my hardware before I begin assembling something so I can easily find each piece as I follow the directions (and so I'll know if something's missing before I start). I couldn't do that with this kit because I had several different types of screws that I couldn't differentiate until I actually put them in the correct holes and saw if they were long enough (or too long).

Assembly wasn't too difficult aside from not being able to differentiate the hardware. You will need a large enough area to assemble the wardrobe facedown on the floor. I would also recommend doing this in a carpeted area, because a concrete or other hard floor could scratch the wood composite material if you slide it around too much while you're putting it together.

Cam bolts/locks and wooden dowels are the main pieces that hold this cabinet together. The parts lined up fairly well, and I didn't have a problem assembling it by myself. The only difficult part was standing the unit up when it was time to put on the kick panel and the doors.

When putting this cabinet together, you can choose to have two clothing rods on either side, one side with a hanging rod and the other side with shelves, or shelves on both sides with no place to hang your clothes. Regardless, you will have one shelf on the top (with the hanging rods directly beneath it) and the bottom of the cabinet, which will act as a shelf as well.

I chose to use two rods, but my plan changed once I found that I couldn't get the second rod to fit where it was supposed to. I ended up with one side with a rod and the other side with four shelves, but I think it's the best arrangement because I can fit significantly more folded clothing on the shelves than I could have hung on the rod.

The cabinet is made out of particleboard, so I didn't expect it to be super sturdy. However, the included hardware to mount the moveable shelves was disappointing. Very small, clear plastic supports are used to support the shelves, and there were no extras included in case I lost one or broke one. The instructions claim that each moveable shelf can hold 80 pounds of evenly distributed weight, but I'd be afraid to put that much on each shelf considering the puny plastic supports that hold up the shelves.

In addition, the doors are difficult to line up exactly. I tried to adjust the screws that hold the doors on their hinges, but I gave up after about half an hour. The right door hangs a bit higher than the left, but they do meet in the middle. Also, the holes for the door handles were not drilled all the way through the doors. The holes start on the inside of the door but they don't go all the way through to the front. I haven't put my handles on yet, but the instructions tell me to finish drilling the hole. I may or may not do that, because the doors are just as easy to open from the top, and I wouldn't want to damage the finish on the doors by drilling through them.

If you do buy this cabinet, remember that it is particleboard. My brother put a big chip in the front kick panel when he tried to move the wardrobe. It seems more durable than it really is (the box of parts alone weighed 189 pounds). But I knew it wasn't solid wood when I bought it, so I'm not disappointed. It should serve its purpose for many years as a place to put extra clothes to keep them from getting dusty.