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Perfect for foyer
 from New Jersey,  Apr 12, 2010

I wanted a bench in my foyer, but I also wanted a table, plus it had to be black to match the wall mirror. But we have a small foyer and I couldn't find a bench and table that would fit. And then I saw this gossip bench....it was perfect: a bench and table in one, not too big and black. I'm so happy I found it....it looks great in our foyer....and Overstock clearly had the best price. But we did have some issues putting it together. The instructions are easy to understand for the most part, and every piece is marked with letters including the hardware, so that was great. At a couple of steps, the instructions say to tighten screws with the supplied allen wrench when, in fact, you need a phillips head screw driver. The drawer did have very small marker holes where the glider screws went, however, you're supposed to place three screws in each glider, but only two areas were marked. So, we just used two screws for each glider instead of three which worked fine. But as other reviewers noted, the drawer doesn't perfectly....I guess you have to get the gliders in just so. We have to play with the drawer to get it to close all the way, but it's doable. A problem we did have was with the top piece which is supposed to attach to the top of the drawer with cam bolts into cam locks and with wood dowels. The problem was that the holes that the cam bolts were supposed to screw into were way too big. Either the holes were drilled too big or there was supposed to be an insert in the holes that the bolts could screw into. So for the time being we had to rest the top piece on top of the drawer with only the wood dowels holding it on. On Monday, my husband called the manufacturer's customer service number and they said they would send out a new top piece which had the correct size holes, so my husband will be able to finish putting the bench together. To the reviewer who said they broke a cam lock, they should call customer service....I'm sure they would send out new hardware. All in all, we're very happy with the gossip bench and we recommend it.

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