it is a useful piece of furniture. Suitable for smaller sizes of shoes. The original package was missing a small piece of wood. I called Overstock and they sent me a whole new package. Very efficiently resolved. I am very pleased with Overstock.com
The shoe cabinet is in my bedroom. It is simple and classy. It stores so many shoes! My husband had a little difficulty assembling the hardware and caused some scratches but the scratches on the dark wood were easy to conceal with a black pentel pen.
I love these closets so much I purchased 4. (Two walk-in closets required 2 full sets each.) A few minor gripes and tips: The wood is very soft and not really furniture grade. Mine came with a fair share of dings, wood filler, pallet strap marks, etc. Most of these can be managed by carefully inspecting each piece and putting the best part forward. Also, some wood especially the tower will get scraped up during installation. So forget the “repair pen” that comes with the unit – pick up a small can of red mahogany stain and you'll be able to cover most damage. The upside of such soft wood is that it doesn't split when driving screwed through it like hardwood does. There was a learning curve cutting the shelving to fit. Since each slat is separated and I didn't really want to slice through a slat you can cut off one slate (leaving a maximum amount of wood) to achieve the closest fit. The tower doors (purchased separately) were very unattractive due to wood filler from the factory. I called the 800 John Louis Direct number and their customer service was outstanding and shipped replacements. Watch the youtube video first some good tips there especially how to deal with imperfect walls – I had one. Overall a very good value – someone difficult to install at first but was easy by number four.
This shoe cabinet was exactly what I was looking for - simple, stylish, lots of storage space, reasonably priced and in a dark wood finish. It arrived quickly and was packed well in a double-box. The package was very large and heavy, and I was initially concerned that I wouldn't be able to put it together myself. (I'm a 46-year-old, 5'2" woman.) As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, there are many pieces and parts to this cabinet. My advice is to: 1) Read the instructions first. 2) Sort out and organize all the wooden pieces in the order in which you would be putting the cabinet together. 3) The hardware came in a long strip of plastic packs, without labels. Using the inventory list in the instructions, I took a marker pen and marked out each hardware part on the strip before I started to assemble to cabinet. This made it easy for me to grab the right hardware as I progressed. 4) If you don't have a flat soft surface to work on, save the two largest pieces of styrofoam from the packaging and lay your cabinet pieces on them as you work. This will prevent the finish on the cabinet from getting marked or scratched, especially when hammering the back of the cabinet. 5) Be careful when working on the middle shelf, especially when putting this together on your own. I managed to crack/ chip the board on one side when I forced in the dowel. So only the other side of the shelf has a dowel. Fortunately, I was able to secure the middle shelf with screws (part of the assembly process). As for tools, all I used was 2 different sizes of Philips screwdriver and a hammer. Overall, this was not as easy assembly job, but definitely manageable with patience and planning, even for one person. And definitely worth the effort!!!
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