PROS: This bench is being used as a coffee table paired with some MCM furniture i have. It gets used regularly, also as an ottoman. It is sturdy and fastened well, the consistency of the design is nice. the finish could be better, some more sanding, it's sharp and has splinters on some corners. CONS: The hardware it came with did not fasten the legs to the base very well. There was a lot of slack, and the bench would wobble, pretty sure it would have broken if sat on. I ran to the hardware store and purchased some washers to shim the hardware and it sorted it right out. It will hold some weight, i'm 185 and me and a girl can sit on it no problem.
Great piece if you don't mind imperfect details. It commands compliments but don't expect the real deal obviously. I had to glue one of the small blocks back in place. That's right, they're not overlapped slats, just blocks cut to size and secured between the slats to give the appearance of the Nelson craftsmanship. It's not as heavy as the Nelson Platform so you'll tip the bench if you sit on right on the end. Not an issue if enjoy embarrassing your guests. Or, just place some books on the other end and eat a sandwich. Great bench overall. I bought two and butted them together to create a large coffee table. Love them. Wish they were walnut.
Love it! I've been looking for this design for quite some time, and this was an alternative that fit my budget perfectly. It was very easy to assemble (three pieces, eight bolts total) and is very well-made. Up close, you see that it is indeed made from bamboo- but from a distance it has the look of the real wood Nelson bench. Very happy with this purchase.
I ordered 4 of these benches for my office waiting room. The come unassembled and the legs have to be screwed on with bolts and an allen wrench, which are both provided. The benches are beautiful, but we had a lot of trouble assembling them. Out of the 4, only one had the holes drilled properly. 3 had the holes not properly aligned, one of those 3 also had the holes not drilled deep enough so that the legs wouldn't tighten up to the base no matter how much the bolts were tightened. One of the legs had a hole that wasn't drilled all the way through. Fortunately, one of my office partners is handy and after a few trips to the hardware store, managed to rig the benches so they were safe for people to sit on. For the money I spent on these benches, I would not recommend them to anyone. I did not think I was ordering a DIY project. But that's what they turned into.