Before this cabinet came home, we were having a shoe storage nightmare. Since the measurements for this cabinet was perfect fit for our hallway, i had decided to purchase this cabinet, the instructions were confusing at first, but it was worth it. Luckily we had a power drill with screws. that helped a lot, because the first hour we had tried to put this together with just a regular screw driver and it was difficult. But with the power drill. We were able to put this together in 30 mins. We had ended up not applying the bottom stands, and still looked perfect! now we are able to fit 22 (3 pairs were size 11 and the rest were size 6)pairs of shoes and 6 pairs of slippers. Plus the top drawer was very helpful we had used it for wallets and out charging station for phones, and a place for our quick grab items before we head out.
I needed a shoe storage by my front door to wrangle our daily work and workout shoes that manage to never make it to our bedroom closet, but drive me nuts even when nicely lined up by the door. I also needed a place to leave keys and mail while having the proverbial "junk" drawer for the stuff you need that never seems to have a proper place. This little cabinet solved all of those needs while working with my decor at a price point I was willing to pay. I checked out all of the IKEA ones in person and found that I either didn't like the color, their features or their size in my space. I found this on Overstock and the price was comparable, had my required features and nice looking design so I purchased it. It arrived well packaged but we suspect it may have been a previously returned item by some of the things we noticed. This is NOT IKEA instructions or assembly. My boyfriend (who is a mechanical engineer) and I assembled it together in about 2 hours. A lot of our assembly came by way of reasoning through the pieces functions and NOT the included instructions which gave the gist without the details. I would not set heavy items on it, nor haphazardly throw shoes in it because I am not confident it could withstand harsh use, but for two careful adults the item works well.
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