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.
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.
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.
I have Pomeranians and two are becoming incontinent. This crate is perfect for when we can't be home and during the night. It isn't too difficult to put together though it does take some time. Looks so much better than those ugly plastic or wire boxes! If you can't find our Pom, Teddy, just look in the crate...he's put himself to bed snug as a bug. :)
This crate is perfect for us: The quality is about what you would expect for the price-- a little tab had broken in shipping and the holes are a little tricky to line up, but once together the crate is pretty good overall. Despite those two things, we really did't have any issues. Then again, we don't have a problem with our dog tearing up crates or anything so it is perfect for us. If that is a problem, then this isn't the crate for you. Our black lab mix loves it, and we love it. We bought it for her to sleep in at night. Otherwise, our other dog steals her bed and she is left crying all night. Now she just goes right in there and we lock it up all night and she doesn't make a peep. It looks great in place of our nightstand, which is an added bonus. We are planning on purchasing another for our chocolate lab.
I ordered the crate way to large for my Boston terrier, however the product is very nice. Its cherry wood color and matches the rest of my furniture very nicely. The only thing I have a problem with is the predrilled holes (that can not be drilled to another area) do not match up on the back side, so the back of the crate kept sliding out. I used some gorilla glue to hold and keep it in place for good. The other thing I'm not thrilled about is the slats on every side move out of place. They're not stuck in very good, but my dog isn't huge so it won't be an issue for me. Overall I love this crate so much more than our ugly metal crate.
Opened the box when this product arrived only to find that every piece (of the 10000000 pieces in the box for assembly) was broken. the wood was flimsy and cheap and after being so excited to get this crate because of how beautiful it looked online, I was extremely disappointed. I don't recommend this product to anyone. Even if you get a crate that hasn't been broken to pieces in the shipping process, the assembly instructions are complicated with way too many pieces.
For the price, very nice quality. Finish was not super smooth, but very nice. Came packaged very well and pieces fit together nicely for us (since someone else said they had trouble with assembly). Put it right beside our much more expensive furniture, and it does not look out of place.
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 QuestionThere are no answers to this question yet, be the first to answer it.
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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