Bring days of old back into style with this antique-looking faux-leather bench, which comes in dark chocolate, saddle brown, or a mixed patchwork pattern. This versatile piece is a great spot to sit or to rest your legs and works well for storage....more
We owned this for less than 6 months and the stitching came apart on the top where the patchwork is. Once that happened it was worthless. It is like taking $XXX.00 and flushing it straight down the toliet. Don't bother you will be wasting your money!
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Good
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Stitching came apart
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
I am using this as a toy chest it works great with plenty of room for all their toys. So far it is holding up they love to crawl all over it. It is a great accent piece to our loving room. Just one thing if you are thinking of getting it. You can't put it flush with the wall because the lid has to have room to open. I just store folding toys behind it. If you have a certain space to fit it you need to add about 4-6 in from the wall.
If you are looking for furniture for a playroom or heavy traffic area, this is not it. If you are willing to fix up a few of the shortcomings yourself, this is a great buy and will give you years of service.
The good: This trunk/bench looks as good in person as it does online. The interior is spacious. Packaging is excellent. Legs are solid (but do yourself a favor and replace them with casters)
The bad- the lid hinge is terrible and the wall/material thickness of the trunk is far too thin. This is great for the interior dimensions but the unit will not stand up to any abuse.
The fix- buy yourself 2-3 nice brass/steel door hinges (the kind with 3 screws on each side) and some strips of scrap (hard)wood to use as a backing for length of the inside lip of the back wall of the trunk and on the trunk lid where the hinges will attach. Using a long piece of wood like this strengths the flimsy back wall of the trunk.
I used a length of 1.5"x.25" oak cut into 3 pieces, 2 short 6-7" strips for the lid and a longer piece for the back lip of the trunk itself. Remove the factory piano hinge (note the 1/2" screws that would have lasted a few weeks at best). Attach your new hinges hinges to the exterior of the trunk and predrill small pilot holes through the back of the trunk into the backing strips inside. Screw or bolt them in place. I used screws that were just long enough to not poke through the backing strips. The finished product looks great and is infinitely stronger. The brass hinges match the trunk perfectly, and depending on how you use it are invisible anyway.
A second improvement that is not as difficult, but just as necessary, is to replace the flimsy stops that keep the lid from opening more than 90 degrees. Use your imagination here. Only one small screw holds these piece in place so you will have to replace them sooner than later.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Excellent
Please tell us about the quality of the product. This is a light duty, attractive and functional trunk/bench
How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
Have read a number of reviews (on this and various other sites) regarding this bench/trunk and the fact that it is of poor constructive quality. The trunk arrived in good condition and was well packaged. I am using it in the bedroom for extra seating and storage. It is great as far as storage capacity, and it looks nice. Having said that, however, I do have to concur with other reviewers who have noted the hardware lack of quality. The hinges do appear weak and it probably would not take much for them to break. For that reason, I am using this trunk to store items infrequently accessed and being careful when opening and closing the top of the bench. I would not recommend this item for kid use (toy storage) or for any kind of use that would involve frequently moving it around and/or opening and closing the trunk. There have also been other user reports of the stitching ripping out of the patchwork top, and again, I am being careful not to put things on top of it (or just plop down when sitting on the bench). I think this bench will be fine for my purposes, but would not recommend it for any kind of heavy duty use.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Excellent
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fair to good
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
Is the 19" height with the legs? If so what does the actual trunk measure height without the legs? Thanx!shaykae on Jan 8, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hi, shaykae. Yes, the 19 inches includes the legs. Without the legs, the trunk would be 16 inches. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 10, 2014
Says its "great spot to sit" on, but further down in Q&A, I read an answer saying it only holds aprox 100 pounds?
So... not to sit on if you´re not a child?
Very important as interested in furniture for public space!lena03 on Nov 22, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello lena03, On the International Caravan Faux Leather Bench/ Trunk the weight capacity of this item is up to 250 pounds. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 23, 2013
Is there a weight capacity for the inside of the trunk? I need to store something heavy but I am worried the bottom of the trunk can't hold it.smhiltner1006 on Sep 23, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
I'm sorry Overstock.com does not weight test their items.
Have a great day! overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 24, 2013
The interior dimensions of this ottoman are 36.5 inches long by 19 inches wide by 11 inches high.overstockcustomercare1 on Aug 3, 2012
The patchwork pattern looks like a dark red and a dark tan color to me. Is this an accurate description? Reviews just say two colors of brown...?scrappingaddict on Mar 5, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
You are correct. The patchwork pattern is going to have a dark red/rusty color and the dark tan is going to have an undertone of dark brown.overstockcustomercare1 on Mar 12, 2012
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