When I moved two weeks ago, I lost my desk in the process. It was on its way out anyway, so the move just sped up the process. I’d had it since college, so I’d definitely gotten my $50 worth of use out of the pre-fab design. It also wasn’t big enough anymore to help me stay organized. So once the move was over and the boxes unpacked, I started shopping for a replacement.
I needed something pretty that could fit into a tight corner but still give me the surface and storage area of a bigger desk. My search led me from one store to another until I stumbled on the Orion L-Shaped Desk with Hutch at Walmart.com.
The desk measures 49.25L x 47.5W x 60.0H, so it was compact but tall and it would fit in the corner where I needed it. This model comes in two colors – the black and cherry combo (pictured) and maple. It has a hutch with shelving and media storage, a storage compartment with a door, and a slide-out keyboard tray. I don’t have a desktop computer, so I didn’t really need the space for a tower or the tray for the keyboard, but I liked the idea of space. I ordered it last week at Walmart with free Site to Store shipping and then waited for it to come in.
The Site to Store process probably took longer than just having it shipped to me, which was frustrating. But it was free, so I guess I couldn’t be upset. It finally came in and my husband picked it up at Walmart on his way home. After nearly 30 minutes waiting then an unhelpful clerk who claimed it was “buried in the shipment” and didn’t know where my desk was, he finally got his hands on it and brought it home.
From that point, I spent the better part of three hours assembling the darn thing. The first problem was the packaging. All the pieces were there, but the hardware was a disaster. Most complicated furniture that needs lots of tiny hardware comes with separate little bags marked A, B, or 27. Something like that. Orion packages all the hardware in one GIANT plastic bag. Before I could do anything, I had to sort the pieces out.
Assembling the desk was also very confusing. I have lots of experience putting these pre-fab things together and I always manage. But there were times I wanted to quit on this one. I did, finally, get the thing together despite some annoying oversights in the directions (like drilling screws without pre-cut holes upside-down into the L of the desk…). And now I love it! There’s room for everything I need space for and it also fits snuggly into the allotted corner.
When all was said and done, I mentioned my troubles to my husband. Apparently, I’m not the only on who hated this manufacturer’s backwards directions…the woman behind him in line at Walmart mentioned that she had the same desk. “That was the most annoying piece of furniture I’ve ever assembled,” she grumbled. That made me feel a little better.
To get this great (but frustrating) desk, visit Walmart’s website. It’s a very affordable $99 with that free shipping service. If you have a friend who can help you deal with the strain of putting this thing together, you’ll love this desk.
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