This is an overall very nice bench but lacks quality somewhat. The narrow depth and slat design make it ideal for small spaces (e.g. hallways). It requires assembly, but this is pretty straightforward. The wood is of decent weight and quality (rubberwood is not “rubber” – it is actually a very nice furniture-making type of wood ;) but the walnut veneer used is very thin and chips very easily. I do not see it holding its shape if the bench sees medium to heavy use. The color is slightly darker than it appears on the website (at least on my computer screen). I would describe it as medium walnut. The quality of the paint job is not the best (e.g. you can see the paint brushing on some spots). Overall, for the money, it is a decent buy, but certainly not the best bench around in terms of quality and probably also durability.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? More or less the same
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great wood frame, subpar veneer and paint job
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate
This bench has a very beautiful design and looks very trendy in the foyer of our new house. It's fairly well made for the price, and is very sturdy once it was all put together. The only problem was the color of the wood seemed much darker than it appeared in the pictures online. I took a gamble on this and thought that the color might end up being more of a reddish/amber brown, but it really is a deep/dark walnut brown instead. This is fairly simple build, but the directions aren't too in depth. For people who aren't used to putting things together, you may want to get a friend to help you line up the pieces first. If you are used to assembling your own furniture, then this will take you about 15 minutes to complete the project. This is very unique, and provides just enough cover in the hallway to hide a few pairs of shoes out of the way.
I use it on my balcony, as a place for potted plants. It seldom rains here, so perhaps it was heat, but the "walnut" finish peeled off in six months. It appears to be plastic "veneer". For indoor use, it would probably be four stars, as it's attractive and strong. Assembly is difficult, a second person is a good idea.
Its a beautiful and simple piece but the color is way off. Often times they use a ton of flash and lights to take photos of products and the color doesn't resemble what is shown on the site. I wanted something like shown in the picture but got more of a mohagany dark brown. It is still beautiful but if you are looking to match your home decor, be warned that it is a dark brown not a walnut light color.
We kept it because I liked the look of it and although the color isn't what I expected, I was still able to make it work in to our home.
Install took about 20 minutes with the help of my mother.
I was hesitant about buying a piece of furniture online without ever seeing it in person, but this piece was cheap enough I thought I would give it a try. This bench is a great piece and is perfect for my entryway. It's sturdy and has a lovely mid-century look without the huge price tag. We only really use it for sitting down while putting on shoes. Not very comfortable for sitting long durations, but most benches probably are not made for that. If you just want a nice piece for your hallway or entry way this is a great bench for the price.
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