The bench is exactly as pictured and we are very pleased with the looks of it. We should have probably believed the reviews that said it was difficult to put together. Difficult does not begin to describe the poorly designed assembly. My husband says that even when he retires, he won't have enough time to assemble another one. Now that it is together, we are very happy with it....BUT, we would not do it again.
I purchased this as a bench - not for storage. And thank goodness for that bec the drawers are small - though my grandkids use it to store their tea sets. But other than that, I think this is a very attractive bench. It's a perfect "accessory" for the acacia conversation chairs I purchased.
Smaller than I expected. They would be good indoors or outdoors. They are oil finish so if you are going to place outside I would purchase oil with UV inhibitors at Home Depot and rub them down every once and a while. I purchased two of these. They come in three pieces - two sets of legs and the main body. I did have to spend some time on both benches because of misdrilled holes. I had to use a rasp to make the holes slightly bigger so that I could position the screws correctly. The drawers ride on wood slides so they will be hard to open (wood on wood), especially if left outdoors. I put some oil on the slides and it seemed to help. The drawers are large enough to fill with stupid stuff that you would find in your kitchen junk drawer. If you're putting these outside I'm not sure what you could store in them as whatever is in there is going to get wet. They would make great stands to put plants on.
I purchased this for a sit down area beside the door. It has been there one month -- so maybe not long enough to test for construction quality and endurance. The drawers are too small to hold much of anything-- making them pretty much useless. The bench is solid enough for smaller people and is fairly attractive.
This table is smaller than I thought. We put it in the guest room and it's the perfect size. It's beautiful and unique looking. My husband put it together pretty easily. I think there were a few screws that he had to struggle a bit to line them up but it worked out fine. It is definitely better fitted for a smaller area.
While the bench looks good, the functionality is poor. The drawers are too small and do not slide out properly. When putting the bench together, all of the screws did not line up properly, so my husband had to craft a different way of putting it together. It is okay to sit on, but not for any type of storage.
I would like to thank the people, that wrote reviews on this product. The reviews were very helpful in my purchase of this bench and when I received the bench it was just what I had expected. I bought the bench for my mudroom, which is not a big room. The bench was very easy to assemble and it fit perfectly in my mudroom. The stain on the bench is a little darker then what you see in the picture, but overall this is a very well constructed bench and the drawers come in very handy for storage. I would like to thank overstock.com for offering/selling a quality product.
The bench is smaller than it looks in the picture, but it is exactly as represented. It fits under my window in my entry which is just what I wanted. The drawers are small, so if you are looking for storage, it only takes small items. It is sturdy and easy to assemble.
I am currently using this as a coffee table for a loveseat because it is the perfect size for my small room. I thought I would buy this and use it for a bench but it is working out so perfectly as a table I will keep it as such. A nephew who was visiting had this put together in short order. He had no problems. I'd recomend this either as a bench (as it was intended) or as a small table for a loveseat.
I was pleased to received the storage bench almost immeadiately after ordering it. Then opened the box and found that it only took me an easy 15 minutes to put it together. It is far more attractive than I expected and the rustic appearance fits right in with all my decor. This storage bench is extremely hefty, sturdy and build well. The only negative is that the drawers are smaller than I anticipated. I was hoping to store clothing in the drawers, but there are many other items that will fit perfectly. I am so pleased I finally ordered it and not one bit disappointed. Thanks Overstock.com, you have come through for me once again!
We received this and I was concerned that it would be hard to put together based on other reviews. Putting the bench together was a lot easier than I anticipated, especially if you have ever purchased anything from a well known Swedish furniture company with the large warehouse stores. What was disappointing is the drawer stop for one of the drawers was completely missing. This was something we could fix. There also was significant damage to the section holding the drawers. One piece was shattered out of the box. My husband builds furniture, so he is repairing the bench. However, it was very disappointing the amount of work we had to put into this before we could even put it together. Based on the other reviews with similar issues, I cannot recommend the bench.
This item is a good value for the money paid. I am using indoors and have found the product to be very sturdy. The drawers are a bit small but that does leave a fair amount of room under the drawers for other items (baskets, shoes, etc.). The finish is very nice and the bench was very easy to assemble. Overall I found this item to be a really good value!