The old adage, "You get what you pay for" applies, but not in a sense of being taken advantage of. The product looks very nice, and it is a value to get something completely made of wood at this price point. It has been an eye sore to have a full wire kennel and a full plastic kennel in the family room for the past couple of years. It is a relief to have a nice looking kennel in the corner between our couch and love seat that can easily be glanced over as a nice end table.
In regards to assembly, be gentle unpacking the pieces from the box. Since the item is already pre-fabricated, the large side pieces are not very substantive and gain their durability as part of the complete assembled box shape.
My only issue was with the order of the steps in the asembly instructions. The instructions indicate that the sides should be attached to the bottom panel first and that the top be attached last. Since the holes for screwing the top onto the sides are inside the finished kennel, you either have to lay on your back inside the kennel to reach the screws, or you have to squeeze your hands through the slats and deal with the allen wrench at difficult angles. The step of securing the top was by far the most time consuming, awkward, and at times painful portion of the assembly (my wrists got stuck between the slats trying to manipulate the allen wrench from outside the box, and my back was sore from laying over the lip on the floor panel while trying to complete the assembly from inside the box).
Therefore, I strongly suggest that you carefully attach the sides to the top panel first so that you have much easier access to the screw holes. Add the bottom panel while the tops and sides are laying upside down. The access to the screw holes for the bottom panel will be incredibly easy since they are exposed from the outside of the box -- no crawling inside nor sticking you hands through slats.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? The assembled product looks exactly as pictured.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? The assembled product is as described.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. The wood on the side panels is thin and must be handled gently, but the assembled product increases the overall rigidity. The door is on springs, so aligning the closed door with the latch requires pushing down or pulling up to latch it closed. This is a funtional furniture piece and should not be used in place of a sturdy kennel; a determined dog could easily get free from this kennel.
This crate was difficult to put together, but it looked nice.....until my dog chewed through the bars. The wooden crate is not a good idea for pups but if your dog is already trained it should work out for you.
I should have read the reviews on this first. I was looking for an affordable wooden crate for my German Shepherd and thought that this was it. When it arrived I was immediately disappointed in the plywood sides, not wood sides like it appears in the picture. While assembling I realized that the pre drilled holes did not match up on one side. It was a pain to put together and took two people. Also, the wooden bars on the side are not screwed in, which I discovered when one of them slid over while I had my hand on it to hold the piece in place. There is no way this crate will hold my dog. It will be a pain to take apart, and repackage, and I am out about $20 for trying this product. Live and learn I guess.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? It looks better and stronger in the picture
How accurate was the on site description of the product? okay
Please tell us about the quality of the product. poor.
So the item is half the cost that it was on other sites, so I won't complain too much. However, BUYER BEWARE, there are a few quality issues. Some of the holes were not aligned and we had to drill new holes in order to get it together. The holes for the hinges were so misaligned that we had to drill holes for the hinges on the opposite side. As a result we had to move the latch to the other side. If your dog is still in the chewing stages, it may be a good idea to spray the bars with something (bitter spray) to dissuade your pup from chewing on the wood. Other than that....we have a nice looking product. It just required a drill and some patience! Not too bad for half the price.
My 85 lb. golden is terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks, and tries to squeeze himself under my bed. I was looking for a place for him to "hide" when he gets nervous, but didn't want a traditional crate in my room. This crate is perfect! I did not install the door, since I want my dog to be able to go in and out. He is not crate trained, so it took him about a week to warm up to it, but after lots of cheese treats, he is sleeping in it every night.
*DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS WHEN PUTTING THIS TOGETHER! - I had no trouble assembling this crate by myself. Thankfully, I had read the reviews that said NOT to follow the instructions when putting it together. Attach the sides and back to the TOP first, then turn it on it's side to attach the bottom. If you assemble it following the instructions, you will have crawl inside to attach the top, or try to fit your hand thru the bars.
I recently adopted a stray beagle mix. Vet thought he is full grown, about 3-4 years old, weighs 15 lbs. He's really active, and plays a lot. When he is ready to turn in for the night he starts looking for a nook or corner to lie down in. I thought I'd try crating him, but I didn't want a cage or carrier because I wanted to keep him in the living room. I saw a description for an end table type pet crate and found this one. I figured for the price it would be a good purchase. I saw several other crates that were much more expensive, but didn't want to spend too much in case he didn't take to it right away. Not a problem, I just toss in his chew toy, and his favorite squeeky and he goes right in! It's a pretty good looking piece of furniture too (once my son and I got it put together) and fits right in with the rest of my furniture. Been using it for a little over a week and so far so good! Is holding together really well! Will wait a couple more weeks before putting a lamp or other items on top to make it blend a little more.
I read the reviews prior to ordering, but thought same problems could not happen often. It did take longer to put together than expected. Instructions are not translated correctly and a little hard to discern from pictures. The table top piece came not quite scratched but with what appears to be indentations that either occured during packing or unpacking, as if it had rubbed against another piece. Also, one piece of the decorative trim came off the side wall (not glued properly) and a second piece of trim (front bottom tray) was not attached at all. There are screw holes to match up with the main part, but no screws included. Because these are only decorative pieces I did not return the crate, and can glue these on.
Hello te19,We're sorry, but we can't give out that information. However, we do stand behind every item we sell. Thanks for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 2, 2014
Does the door open to the left or to the right? Is there a way to change how the door opens?jjpuppylover on Mar 12, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello jjpuppylover, This pet crate is both beautiful and handy! The door opens to the left and cannot be switched around. I hope this information helps. Thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Mar 30, 2014
Thank you for inquiring about the Espresso Wooden Pet Crate. use your judgement, here are the sizes of the crates. Large: 36.5 inches long x 24 inches wide x 29.25 inches high. Small: 27.5 inches long x 20 inches wide x 24.5 inches high. Thank you for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 10, 2014
Thank you iceedge14 for your interest in the Espresso Wooden Pet Crate. For the 29.25"H, the ship weight is 36 LBS. For the 24.5"H, the ship weight is 32 LBS. This item does not have a removable bottom pan. Thank you for shopping with us!
overstockcustomercare1 on May 1, 2013
There is a solid wood floor, not a removable pan.maryanyname on May 26, 2013
No, the bottom is an afixed panel to the whole kennel. After assembling, I think the product is only a couple of pounds lighter than ship weight which only adds the box, styrofoam and bubble wrap.
One cool aside not mentioned anywhere else, the bottom can be leveled with the adjustable feet pre-attached to the bottom panel.dmbc on Jun 16, 2013
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