The chest is easy to put together. I live in a condominium with a large patio, and I use this to stow the cushions that go along the back of my outdoor sofa when not in use. The chest isn't "waterproof" because the sides louvers are open; however, the top is solid and deflects almost all the rain, and the louvers are turned down so that they also shed water. My chest is under open sky on the 7th floor, so it does get some rain and wind, but it keeps the cushions dry. I like that the air can circulate to keep them fresh--and truth be told, thunderstorms sometimes sneak up on me and I don't get the cushions stowed away in time. The circulating air allows them to dry inside the chest. It also makes a good sideboard behind my outdoor bar.
Each year we had to store all of our patio cushions and furniture in the basement. With the new storage unit, most of the cushions can now be kept secured outside. We are thinking of buying another storage bin for the rest of the cushions, folding end tables and umbrellas. The product was easy to assemble and arrived within the stated period of time.
I have owned one of these for the last 6 years and it has provided so much value to my family. The design is very robust and the hydraulic hinges have prevented injuries with my kids. I would recommend this product to anyone. Very generous storage capacity.
This plastic storage container does it's job well enough for my patio. I've had it for a few weeks now, and can fit a lot of stuff in it, which is exactly why I wanted it. It's definitely spacious! Not sure I'd trust sitting on it with two people like in the photo, though...it was a pain to put together for such a seemingly simple product, too. Didn't take long at all - maybe 15-20 minutes - just irritating for something that snaps together. Made me wary of its stability, but it held up fine against my rage-tossing it onto the patio when I was done assembling it...so overall decent product for the price/material! Haha...
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