If you’re in the middle of furniture shopping and wondering if SKLUM is trustworthy or not – I’ve got you, here is my extensive review and collection of photos. We bought our dining table from them last year and we have quite a few things to say about their shipping, installation, and quality.
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to be honest,
This store seemed a bit dodgy and too good to be true in the beginning. I wasn’t sure if Sklum was trustworthy – not one super (legit looking) positive review at the time and barely any customer tagged photos. Of course, there were reviews but they were quite neutral or they don’t provide a ton of details. Next to that, a lot of their reviews were centered on how long and sketchy the shipping is. It was even worse when we went on their social media accounts, literally at the time their comment section was just flooded with people complaining about the status of their shipment.
Despite all of that, we figured that we might as well give it a shot. The dining table we wanted was so beautiful and so cheap – what’s the worst that could happen? Plus, we weren’t in a rush to get a dining table because we were still busy with our home renovation and had the time to wait. On top of that, we figured from the looks of it that they were a relatively new company who might have sized up too fast and was just having some logistics issue. Don’t hold me on that, that’s just our assumption.
But at the end of the day, we bought their Kali dining table (in 190 x 95cm). We were pleasantly surprised.
We ordered the table on the 7th of December, 2020, and it fully arrived in Amsterdam in 15 days. I say fully arrived because the table came in two shipments. The table legs arrived first (if I’m not mistaken) and then the actual table top came five days later. It wasn’t super convenient if you’re not always home, but in our case it was okay at the time as we had the contractor at our new place everyday.
As a side-note: I can imagine why they separated it, the box was huge and heavy.
our shipping details
This table was relatively easy to assemble, but mainly because there weren’t that many pieces to assemble in the first place. However, instruction wise, it wasn’t the clearest and it wasn’t as illustrative as IKEA for instance. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that bad (honestly, we had worse). In case you’re curious, Sklum seems to always have a manual available on the product page itself. If there’s any particular product you have in mind, maybe you can check it out in advance – just to gauge whether or not it will be difficult. Since ours was just the table, I don’t think the level of difficulty is the same.
Related to this, however, the table was heavy. As a result, we left the table upside down for the longest time.
We I couldn’t flip it and we had to wait until our contractor came back for the finishing touches to flip it together.
an honest review of the sklum quality
it’s not amazing, but it’s not bad. The table top is quite solid and feels nice to the touch. It’s clearly MDF but looks and feels more solid than the typical MDF furniture. Aesthetic wise, it resembles wood way more accurately. But, the top of the table feels almost laminated – like super smooth, yet still textured like wood.
Please note that a small part of our table is damaged (as pictured below), but we’re honestly not sure if this was caused by Sklum. We kept the table in our storage during the renovation and it was moved around a lot. The damage could have been caused by us, but honestly it’s so minor we didn’t mind. Unfortunately, that does speak for Sklum’s quality, but you can decide yourself. If you’re a lot more careful – maybe this wouldn’t happen.
FYI In case you’re wondering, we didn’t contact Sklum about this because we find it to be super minor and a long time had passed since the table was first delivered. We didn’t think it was fair to ask.
All in all, not a bad purchase. The legs are amazing . I was a bit nervous that they’d be fragile, but they seem pretty solid so far. My boyfriend has even stood on the table when he installed our dining lamp and the table still survived. We’ve received so many compliments on the table and it’s literally so eye-catching. Everyone who walks up the stairs notices it first and I just love this table so much.
would I buy from SKLUM again?
yes, definitely! It’s a really affordable store with good quality items. Granted, I only have one item from them, but I don’t see any reason not to buy from them again. We didn’t have any problems with the shipping (it came relatively fast) and the prices are not bad at all. Quality wise, it’s on par with IKEA, so it’s not at all bad.
Next on my wishlist from them is definitely the chi salontafel (inspired by Isamu Noguchi). I actually featured the original Isamu Noguchi table on my february wishlist, but I was so so happy when I saw a cheaper get the look alternative here. Unfortunately, it’s now sold out. I’ll definitely keep an eye out. Alternatively, I think I’ll save up and get the secondhand deal from Pamono.
Well, I hope this was informative. At the end of the day, you can judge yourself if you think Sklum is trustworthy, I hope that my review and photos did it justice, but if not, I’d love to hear from you. In any case, please share your experiences down below. I’m also open to new furniture shop recommendations as we still need a couple more things ♡
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