More than 9 - Kitchen Furniture
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Thu Jun 23 00:00:00 MDT 2011bob0987654321 Rating:4.0
It's true that the white shelf slats are precariously stapled onto the underlying white wood grid. Forewarned by other reviewers, I handled the shelves very gingerly while unpacking them. Even so, had to use Goop on just one slat. In position, i.e. in use, the chintzy stapling is not a problem. Note that the upper and lower shelves are not interchangeable. The hardwood top and base have 4 dowel holes pre-drilled. Only 2 dowels are supplied, as indicated in the Parts List. So what, do they profit an extra 9 cents from each unit as a result? Seems also chintzy. The most challenging assembly problem was that the 4 metal tabs that screw into the underside of the hardwood top were not formed at anywhere near a sufficient angle to allow just rotating them into the linear grooves in the left and right sides of the cabinet. Just rotating them would have left them about an inch below the grooves. Those tabs are all that hold the top onto the cabinet, with the two dowels only aligning the top to the base (unless you were to glue them). The tabs are very difficult to bend. The solution I applied was to screw the 4 metal tabs firmly onto the underside of the inverted top, and then use the claw of a hammer to bend them up sufficiently to match the level of the grooves. This was done gingerly, in about 4 partial bends each, setting the top on the base each time to check progress, and then takling it off to bend the tabs further. While the angles are now not ideal, the top is quite snug, and the only time a potential problem could ensue woulf be if sharply lifting the whole unit by the top edges. But because of my outstanding artistry in the bending, even this is unlikely. Further, the particular drawing for that assembly step was almost useless, with the relative sizes and locations of those two interlocking parts rendered completely inaccurately, except for the 90-degree angle involved. The second most challenging problem was tapping some of the metal pins into a few slightly undersized holes (Other holes were fine --just snug enough). Even hammering the pins through a block of wood, the lower right rear cabinet wood splintered apart. Clear Household Goop (not the yellow "Plumbers Goop"), two clamps, overnight dry--and I won't tell any of the females around here if you don't. Beyond that, I will say that all the predrilled holes were in excellent alignment. Note that the handle on the right side adds length to the advertised dimension. In the tight corner next to my stove, I had to just leave it off. Trying to think of something else to do with the beautifully-finished handle offers hours of contemplative fun, particularly if you keep it near the toilet. The answer so far: Nothing. The height of the unit is at least an inch and a half lower that the standard stovetop next to it. No big deal, but I did subsequently acquire a 30-inch wide, 1 and 1/2 inch-thick heavy hardwood top to set atop the unit, to make it more nearly contiguous with the level of the stovetop. *** or so, thus made the whole purchase significantly more $$$. But I like the look--more of an actual butcher block, and two inches deeper than the top of the original piece. Looks great, and doesn't detract from ease of opening the drawer. You actually cannot see the original top, without bending way down. I left out the upper shelf, and set a white plastic "tall kitchen bag" trash receptacle on the lower shelf. When in use, the receptacle may be pulled out and set against the unit's door, snugged to the stove. It barely sticks out past the front of the stove, if at all. (My unit is to the right of the stove.) There is still room on the shelf for a couple of large cutting boards set on end. If you found this review useful, please send a large amount of money to Bob, P.O. Box ***, **** NY ****.
Tue Jul 23 00:00:00 MDT 2013kzdz Rating:4.0
This is a great cart, especially for the price it is offered for on Overstock. I saw it on other sites for quite a bit more. It's sturdy overall, the black finish was done perfect and the stainless steel top is substantial and did not have any scratches. This is the second piece of furniture I've bought from the Home Styles brand and I'm very happy with quality of both. Both items were packaged very well, which makes all the difference as to whether or not the item comes damaged from the shipping process (which has been issue with other furniture I've bought from other brands). I am not terribly handy, but I did not have a hard time putting together the cart other than for one of the drawers. The first drawer went together perfectly, but on the second one, the four sides did not line up properly with the bottom, and the particle board partially disintegrated from the screws. As a result, that drawer is especially weak and I only use it for holding kitchen towels. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that the drawer bottoms are rather flimsy. I would not keep silverware or anything heavy in them - even the one that went together fine. I also was not a fan of the handle hardware, so I just bought different hardware that matches the handles on my kitchen cabinet drawers and it looks great. The description of the product is inaccurate where it states that the center shelf is adjustable. Neither of the shelves are adjustable, they must be fixed in one position where notches have been cut out in the legs in the cart to fit the shelves. I was disappointed that the shelf was not adjustable since I was hoping to store a few taller items on the shelf which do not fit. The height between the shelves is only about 9 inches. Overall this is an attractive and well-made cart.
Sat Jul 07 00:00:00 MDT 2012angelaandchris Rating:5.0
I'd been looking at this island for a long time. We had another one that we liked a lot, but after we moved into this house, I found that it didn't fit as well in my breakfast nook. I knew I could use that little room more often if I had a narrower island in there, but I still wanted the open shelf storage. I kept this one in my Overstock cart for quite a while and finally bought it even though it didn't have any reviews. It went on sale and I had a coupon, though of course today I see that the price has been lowered again. Sigh. Anyway, I thought I'd write a review and maybe help one of my fellow shoppers. The island arrived the other day, and my husband put it together with a minimum of fuss yesterday. I was nervous because the box looked like something had taken a bite out of it, but the island was packaged in an interior box and arrived undamaged. It is a very attractive, solid piece. Looks great in my breakfast nook. I am pretty pleased with it, and it seems to be a quality item. However, there are some inaccuracies in the description. First, the measurements are wrong. The actual measurements are (rounded to nearest quarter inch) 44 1/2" wide, 20 3/4" deep, and 35 1/2" high. The main one that is off is the width, so I wanted to point that out in case a few inches matters. The description also states that the center shelf is adjustable. It is not adjustable: it is fixed. That was kind of a big deal to me: I kept my cookbooks on that shelf of my old island, but I couldn't stand most of them up on this shelf (I laid some on their sides, which works okay, I guess). The shelf height of both of the shelves is only 9" (and a hair), so if you have anything taller than nine inches to put on these shelves, it isn't going to fit. I used to keep a couple of my stockpots and a rice steamer on my old island, but I couldn't put them on this one (I have some wall shelves in the kitchen, so I just rearranged things). Not a big deal, but my old island was the same width and height (but much deeper, so I didn't expect that everything would fit on this smaller one), but I did think that the shelf space (height wise) would be about the same, and since the description said that the center shelf was adjustable, I wasn't too worried about it. I am using the shelves for mixing bowl sets, cookbooks, and a few pieces of shorter cookware (chili pot, two small soup pots, etc). The drawers are roomy, though not really necessary for me; I wish they were shallower to allow for more shelf space, but if you need extra drawer space, they will be useful. The interior measurements of the drawers are 16 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" tall. Although I am disappointed that the shelf space isn't more useful--and I probably wouldn't have ordered if I'd known about the constricting shelf space--I'm not going to return it because it is still a solid, useful piece that looks great and will be plenty functional for my kitchen. I have every reason to believe that it will hold up well and continue to be practical, attractive, and useful. I am docking a star because of the description. I don't know if that came from the manufacturer or from Overstock, but there's no excuse for inaccuracies there, and I have little tolerance for mistakes in product descriptions--online customers have to rely on that information, and it ought to be correct.
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