This bench is a little bit lower than other entry way benches I have sat on but it does fill in our little cove nicely. The product is light and easily assembled. The only part I had trouble with was the spring arm that opens and closes the storage lid. When installing this piece initially, it was somewhat confusing as it looked like it was bent the wrong way. After assembling it together and closing it, the sound that it makes the very first time, sounds like you are going to tear the wood apart and the screws would rip out. That is the only thing that concerns me. We are now scared to even open and close it for storage because the arm is so strong.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Colour is true to website pictures
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Average build quality
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Description is accurate
This piece came very well packaged and was not damaged. My husband is very adept to building items out of wood, and he's had much experience putting furniture together after buying our new house, I thought this would be cake for him. With his knowledge, patience, and skill, it took him considerably longer than expected. He's a perfectionist, and when he encountered the defect of the lid not being able to be brought down without scraping against the arm of the bench, he tried his best to reposition and re-align the lid, though the bench comes with pre-drill holes. Drilling new holes when the lid is just off by a hair will result in an even larger hole since it'd be so close together. It's a beautiful piece, don't get me wrong, but after purchasing it on sale with a fantastic coupon, I still regret blowing my money on this. The quality just isn't there, quite disappointed. Also, another thing to mention, I purchased this piece, wanting something that was taller than most benches because of the higher ceilings in new houses. Well this is a taller piece, but I didn't take into consideration that it's a short back and because it's "taller," the seat is actually lower than most benches. I'm 5'5" and it is not comfortable. My knees reach at an awkward position. This looks like a child's piece of furniture.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? although I did measure, it looks more like a child's piece of furniture
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fair, certainly not worth what it's sold for. Screw holes not properly lined up and after many adjustments, we did what we could and the seat still scrapes the arm of the chair when bringing the lid down
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
While this lovely addition will grace your foyer or entryway, be warned, it will make the most patient of husbands cuss like a sailor when being assembled! But it's worth it ;) (sorry honey)
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Sturdy
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
While the product is beautiful, the quality of the material was very poor. The bottom of the bin cracked as soon as I took it out of the box and the hinge support is very stiff. Extremely difficulty to open/close. I've chosen to leave it off for now, but beware because without the hinge support, the top slams closed. Very dangerous for little fingers.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The product color matched what was on the site
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Seems to be low quality
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
First of all, the other reviewers are correct - this is not easy to put together. My husband is very handy and this required a drill to kind of re-set the holes to get things to line up. AND, there was much cursing involved, though that seems to be par for the course for nearly any DIY project. I do like the bench, but wish it was just a couple of inches taller. I had a bigger bench in my entryway but it didn't match my decor which is why I was buying this bench. This one is kind of small and it took some getting used to... and you'll need something pretty big to hang over it so that it looks right. Now that I found the right art work to hang with it I'm happy with the overall effect.
I really love this bench, put it together myself while my husband was asleep....such a couch potato...lol. took me about and hour while talking on the phone with a friend..,, my husband was so surprised I had completed it while he was sleep, but he did have to pick it up and sit it in the foyer area..great bench..
As stated by other reviews, this bench is very hard to assemble. My husband & I spent two hours assembling this bench only to experience a problem in the end. The problem in the end was our fault and I felt sick about it considering how much money we were paying for this bench. Contacted customer service and they were wonderful. I have honestly never received as much support from a customer service staff as I have found from Overstock.
After reading several reviews and comparing to other benches, I purchased this. This is a nice bench that will go very well if you have light or bright colors in your entry way. It suits its purpose, and allows 2 people to sit at the same time. The storage space is not much but enough to keep some small items. Assembly was quick, the most difficult part being screwing in the reinforced sides with around 48 screws. If you have a powerdriver that might be quick, but then I am not sure if the material will hold and NOT crack. Overall took me around an hour to put it together. Otherwise simply a great and a classy choice!
My husband and I took our time and followed the directions to assemble the bench. We needed a power drill and it went together nicely. It looks so perfect in our entry way. It is sturdy and holds many pairs of shoes. Just what we wanted.
Thank goodness my husband is an aircraft mechanic by trade. I don't know that you'll need that level of skillset to assemble, but he faced a number of challenges that would have had me sending it back. The first challenge was when some of the hardware crumbled. Literally just fell apart. So off he went to the hardware store to replace thom as best he could. The holes did not match up, as reported by other users, but he just ignored it and used a drill to put the screws in place rather than redrilling anything. He also glued in the dowels. Not an issue, but seemed like a good tip. And, as reported by others, the lid does not align properly. We just decided that was an 'undocumented feature' since almost every commenter has mentioned this. As per other comments, it is very low. Unless you are under 4 feet tall, this probably won't be the bench you will choose to sit on. But I really purchased it for a little extra storage and to put under a window that I did not want to block, so it works great for us.
Something that should be easy to put together, but holes were too small and hardware were messed up. Made it much easier to put together with powerdrill to make your own holes. The bench door is a little hard to lift up. Looks nice. Overall happy with purchase but just be aware that it tests your patience!
The entire product had problem. First the screws that they supplied broke when we were installing, it took 2 weeks to get replacement parts. Once we began installing we realized that the fittings did not have holes that were pre-drilled. We had to drill all of the holes in order to install. It took us a very long time to assemble the product.
Looks exactly like it does in the picture. Good quality wood, not the cheap stuff that falls off easily. A little trickily to put together. You will need power tools to get the whole thing to come together perfectly. Several holes were missing in mine and I had to use the drill. The bottom piece is tricky to get in without some force. I eventually got it in with some sheer force and pounding. Happy with the product. Very sleek in my foyer.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Very close
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good solid wood construction. No cheapness to it so far.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate