Some of the reviewers said it was plastic?! It's not. It's wood. Case in point: how many times have you encountered veneer on the UNDER side of a seat? The underside was painted black, but you can still see the knots. I can't tell if the wood slats are Pine or Alder, but most DEFINITELY WOOD. The ends of the bench are encased in.... metal plate on the top and edges up to it are...? I examined it very close and the edges are so tight, smooth and same color - it sure looks like it could be the same material. The item was packaged extremely well. Regardless there was a slight nick on the bottom edge near the center of one of the sides. I tapped it with some stain to cover the fresh lumber. Now it looks intentional. Seriously - at 160 for a bench that looks this nice in my living room. NOT COMPLAINING. I am placing it in the room below. My handyman is pleading with me not to paint the wood seat to match the sofa before I set it front. I'm probably going to do it anyway. I'll post an updated photo once it's placed.
We just put this hall tree together yesterday. It is a well made piece with sturdy metal parts and quality wooden shelves. It goes together fairly easily, the only thing I wish it had was starter holes for the two top shelves. The small screws are difficult to get started. We finally took a nail and hammered it in a little to get a small hole to start the screws more easily. The good side to that is the wood is a high quality hardwood. Overall, I am happy with my purchase.
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