angelaandchris Review

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Very nice, but online description is inaccurate.
 from Kansas City MO,  Jul 7, 2012

I'd been looking at this island for a long time. We had another one that we liked a lot, but after we moved into this house, I found that it didn't fit as well in my breakfast nook. I knew I could use that little room more often if I had a narrower island in there, but I still wanted the open shelf storage. I kept this one in my Overstock cart for quite a while and finally bought it even though it didn't have any reviews. It went on sale and I had a coupon, though of course today I see that the price has been lowered again. Sigh. Anyway, I thought I'd write a review and maybe help one of my fellow shoppers. The island arrived the other day, and my husband put it together with a minimum of fuss yesterday. I was nervous because the box looked like something had taken a bite out of it, but the island was packaged in an interior box and arrived undamaged. It is a very attractive, solid piece. Looks great in my breakfast nook. I am pretty pleased with it, and it seems to be a quality item. However, there are some inaccuracies in the description. First, the measurements are wrong. The actual measurements are (rounded to nearest quarter inch) 44 1/2" wide, 20 3/4" deep, and 35 1/2" high. The main one that is off is the width, so I wanted to point that out in case a few inches matters. The description also states that the center shelf is adjustable. It is not adjustable: it is fixed. That was kind of a big deal to me: I kept my cookbooks on that shelf of my old island, but I couldn't stand most of them up on this shelf (I laid some on their sides, which works okay, I guess). The shelf height of both of the shelves is only 9" (and a hair), so if you have anything taller than nine inches to put on these shelves, it isn't going to fit. I used to keep a couple of my stockpots and a rice steamer on my old island, but I couldn't put them on this one (I have some wall shelves in the kitchen, so I just rearranged things). Not a big deal, but my old island was the same width and height (but much deeper, so I didn't expect that everything would fit on this smaller one), but I did think that the shelf space (height wise) would be about the same, and since the description said that the center shelf was adjustable, I wasn't too worried about it. I am using the shelves for mixing bowl sets, cookbooks, and a few pieces of shorter cookware (chili pot, two small soup pots, etc). The drawers are roomy, though not really necessary for me; I wish they were shallower to allow for more shelf space, but if you need extra drawer space, they will be useful. The interior measurements of the drawers are 16 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" tall. Although I am disappointed that the shelf space isn't more useful--and I probably wouldn't have ordered if I'd known about the constricting shelf space--I'm not going to return it because it is still a solid, useful piece that looks great and will be plenty functional for my kitchen. I have every reason to believe that it will hold up well and continue to be practical, attractive, and useful. I am docking a star because of the description. I don't know if that came from the manufacturer or from Overstock, but there's no excuse for inaccuracies there, and I have little tolerance for mistakes in product descriptions--online customers have to rely on that information, and it ought to be correct.

  • How did the color on site compare with the actual product? perfectly white
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. solid; seems well-made
  • How accurate was the on site description of the product? inaccurate information and measurements
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