We bought this trunk as storage for our son's outdoor toys in our backyard patio. The best things about this trunk is the richness of the color and the solid feel. It's a heavy trunk, but still easy enough to move around on the ground if needed. Storage depth is 13", which is a little bit smaller than I expected but still decent--great for storing balls, water toys, cushions, shoes, etc. It took about 30 minutes for me to put together, and like other customers have said, the screw holes on the back of the trunk (for the hinge) don't match up perfectly with the lid hinges, so I had to re-drill some of them. Not a big problem if you have a drill, but some would not be happy about this. There was a slight crush/dent on the back panel (not a major deal if it backs up against something). One of the hinges also got stuck against the side of the trunk, so I had to bend the hinge slightly towards the center so that it wouldn't get caught against the edge. Families with little kids might want to consider carefully since the lid is heavy. Overall, even with the minor construction flaws, I'm quite pleased with the trunk which also makes for a nice bench or even a drink cooler (if you have a separate tub to put inside for the drinks. I plan on getting a second one.
nice looking trunk; not big enough for cushions but we got it to stow snorkling gear for guests and it is roomy enough....solid, nice weight, dry but ventilated well. priced way better than teak and should be very durable and weather-proof (with a good coat of penafin oil). on the down side---some wood slats were cracked and the holes were not alligned properly for assembly. the hardware is worthless from the screws to the hinges.....but with a good drill, wood glue, clamps, brass hardware, and a good sense of assembly you will have a decent trunk for the deck, just be prepared to do some work to make it work!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? exact
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. ok...
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? exact
We ordered this piece to store patio cushions when not in use. It is perfect. We protected with some varnish so it will remain pretty and not fade in the weather. We had one minor problem, and that was with the small screws for the hinges. An electric driver will snap them off easily, so be careful. Otherwise very happy. Customer service was outstanding.
The chest is very nice and a good size for chair cushions and for a lounge pillow. However, as a deck box for storage I had expected it to be water/weatherproof. Unfortunately, it is not. After our first rain, we had water inside and it took awhile to dry the interior of the chest and the cushions. We now have to remember to cover it with a tarp each evening, which isn't what I had desired. Outside furniture should be weatherproof unless otherwise clearly stated. So, I am disappointed. But, it looks great for a covered area.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fair
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Failed to state whether it was waterproof/or not. Outside: Assumed to be waterproof.
The box was fairly easy to put together and looks very classy. We encountered the same problems as most previous customers, in the sense of the screws fell apart while trying to screw them in.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? very well
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. the wood is of great quality, the hardware is incredibly poor quality and disintegrates during installation
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
This is a well made bench/box. The parts were well crafted with nice wood. The hardware is high quality and it's easy to put together. The only complaint is the shipping box is a little weak so it could be possible to damage if shipper isn't careful. The instructions weren't very clear but if you have any mechanical ability, it's really obvious how it fits together. Looks great when finished. Love it.
This box would have been a lot easier to build (assemble) if all of the hardware had been included. Each corner top and bottom requires a really long screw. Doing math the hard way (on my fingers) even I come up with an answer of 8. The manufacturer sent 7 and a useless short one that fits nowhere. I was able to find a screw in my junk box to finish the job, but I think it is worth noting that I am not using this for seating just patio storage. I wouldn't trust my fix for any kind of furniture to sit on.
I absolutely love the wood, size and style of the bench. The biggest problem, which has been mentioned in several reviews, but I hoped I'd be lucky, is the hardware and hinges. I had to drill holes to fit some of the back hinges and it wasn't easy. I got it together fine to use, but this is not something people should have to deal with. Aside from that, it's just beautiful.
This was quite difficult to assemble. We had to drill new holes in the deck lid in order to get one of the hinges to fit after encountering multiple attempts to get the darn thing to close. We also had to drill new holes for hinge to be installed. The box looks great but the aggravation necessitated by the poor in attention to construction of the box was not fun.
Halfway decent product. If you have extended rain storms like us here in South Florida avoid this product. It shows water damage and warps very quickly. This happened to mine after 6 months. It also molds/mildews very quickly if not kept cleaned
Very good product for the price. Definitely purchase it. I have it in a covered area so should wear very well. Easy to assemble.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color was exactly as shown on site.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. The product is good and a great value.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Description was very good, but more info on hinges...because you have to hold it to lower it. I used rubber bumpers.