This is a nice piece of furniture. Assembly was a little time-consuming, but the instructions are good. Take your time to lay out everything and follow the instructions step by step. One gripe I have is that the holes for the center leg, the one that is at the bottom center of the bench, were not pre-drilled. I had to do that myself and the screws did not go all the way in, at least not using that little L shaped tool provided. I had to balance the chair using those floor protectors under the four corner legs. Poor quality control I say. Another more important gripe is also related to the quality control on this product. The side board was scratched in one spot, as if someone left a sharp tool leaning against it for years. This damage did not happen during shipping. After taking all the pieces out, and to avoid the hassles of returning this product for an exchange I decided to touch up the scratches with a furniture marker and thanks to the lighting at the final location of this bench it is not too visible. There was a time when this would have driven me nuts.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color matches the picture
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good quality
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
Beautiful bench if you can get the hardware and workmanship to work with you, but the biggest pain in the butt to put together. This should only take 1-1.5hrs to assemble, but I experienced cam locks not twisting into place, drill holes for cam screws not being big enough...(I had to pull out my own power drill to widen the holes), and #5 screws that wouldn't tighten no matter how much you turned them, making for a wobbly attachment. I ended up removing and using my own longer wood screws which worked just fine. Hope others will have a better time putting them together - otherwise a beautiful bench.
It is a complex piece of furniture to assemble, but if you follow the nicely detailed directions and pay attention, it's quite doable. Would not recommend for those who get easily frustrated or do not like to read instructions. Like others, I found an issue where pilot holes were supposed to be drilled for the center support foot but they weren't there, so I needed a drill in addition to the rubber mallet, flat and phillips screwdrivers. Once assembled, it's a very functional nice looking bench that looks great in my entryway.
I really do like the look of this bench but it's hard to assemble. Even reading the instructions very thoroughly, it took me 3 and half hours (timed after opening the package). Most of the hardware was bad quality and I received with missing parts. Missing parts took 3 weeks for me to receive and when I received them, they gave me hardward for a completely different bench. Will not be purchasing anything from this company again.
We purchased several pieces to serve as shoe racks for our entryway. This serves as both a seat to sit on as we put on our shoes as well as holding some shoes. We also keep some small things in the drawers like gloves, and spare fluffy socks for guests who take off their shoes and would like to keep their feet warm. It's such a pretty bench too! We love it.
When we put this bench together, I at first thought it was much to short. But as we started using it in our foyer for putting on/taking off shoes, I realized that it's perfect for what we needed. Our 3 year old has no problem hopping on the bench and putting his shoes on, and the grown-ups like it too! The storage is just enough.
I have ordered and built many different types of furniture over the years. This is one of the highest quality pieces I have ever owned. The packaging was top quality, everything was protected well and most parts were individually wrapped. The wood and finish are very attractive and the instructions are some of the best I have seen. I found this very easy to assemble and it took me about an hour with my 4 year old "helping" me. Once assembled it is very sturdy; I come it at 200 pounds and it supported me and the kids just fine. This was exactly what I was looking for. An attractive bench that will fit in our entry way and not take up too much room. It also allowed us to eliminate the "shoe basket" at the bottom of the stairs. The drawers are also great for storing scarves and gloves etc. I am very happy with his purchase.