Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 43
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by teacherkh Major Assembly Required
We hired our usual handyman duo knowing that we could not put this together. It took them over 1 1/2 hour despite their skills and included a lot of frustration and almost giving up, not to mention them almost getting into a fight. So the value of this piece became less as it cost us a lot to get it together. Along the way we were all sure it was never going to come together and that no one could sit on it, but when they finally finished it was fine. This takes a lot of skill and patience. And by the way, they both told me if anyone calls them to assemble another like this, they will turn down the job! And they do handy work for a living! But in the end it looks and works great. So you be the judge. I recommend this only to the prepared for a challenge people. (And it weighs a lot.)
April 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 04600rr Beautiful piece with out breaking the bank.
Overall the bench was easy to put together. The instruction was a little confusing but dont let that scare you. I was able to put it together in about 45 mins. I looked over the instruction and was able to figure it out which piece need to be where and can figure out which way would be easier. Material use was generic but it is beautiful and look like real wood. Item itself feels heavy when picked up which is a plus. Furniture weight limit is 250, but between me and my wife, we sit in at 310 easy. Feels very sturdy.
Pros: Easy to but together and looks and feels like real wood.
Cons: Instruction could be better written, but anyone with any type of sense will be able to figure out.
June 21, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Babs4 Nice storage for price
Very functional and a nice size for shoe storage. Can put in pair of small shoes or single larger shoes in each slot. Instructions needed to have more details (starting fro the beginning).
July 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MMCoolJ Beautifully stated organization
Love this piece - needed something to keep my kids and visitors from cluttering up my entry way. Easy to put together.
May 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jasmine A Looks Great
The product is great I wish the instructions were a little more in detail but other than that everything was great!!!!!!
May 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jen0202 Nice Bench
Nice bench decent quality, just seems smaller than in the pictures, medium difficulty putting together with lining up all the wood pegs. Priced a little high for the product.
May 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Emily Overall great! Love it - 4 out of 5 stars
The good: It's beautiful; it really is. I think it's a perfect size - doesn't take up too much space in the entry way, but still large enough to hold several pairs of shoes, and for all 3 kids to sit on to put on/take off their shoes. It stores a size 13 men's shoe with nothing sticking out, and I can get some of my shoes two per cubby so it can hold more (see picture). The baskets are very convenient for things like hats and gloves in the winter. It's sturdy construction and a great quality for the price.
What could be improved: The cushion is cheap, thin, and ugly. It actually looks better without it. It also slides, so I'd recommend buying a rug mat to put under the cushion to prevent it from sliding if you elect to keep it. Also, I highly recommend buying some felt sheets to go under the baskets. The wicker scrapes against the wood when you slide them out and leaves scratches. Go buy 3 felt sheets and hot glue them onto the bottom of the baskets - you'll be glad you did.
Assembly: the instructions could be a little better and it's not the easiest thing to assemble, but it's not overly difficult either. I did it by myself in about 30 minutes but I recommend having 2 people as it would be easier to have one to hold things in place and another to attach pieces. The instructions say you only need a Philips head, but I'd get a flat head too; the bolts turn easier with a flat head and make it more secure. The instructions show the entire installation with the bench on its side, but it's much easier to turn it upside-down to attach the bottom piece, and then right-side up to attach the top - trust me on that one. If you are going to add the cloth strip over the bolt holes, do it before you put the back cover on; the instructions have it after and it's more difficult that way. Also, the cloth strips for over the bolts aren't a good color match, so I'm not sure what good they do (see lower edges in picture).
Overall: I highly recommend this SEI Chelmsford Entryway Shoe Bench. The only negatives to me are the cushion quality and the baskets scratching against the wood - both of these are easy fixes and certainly shouldn't detract from buying the bench. The positives - good quality, good size, beautiful outweigh the negatives by a lot.
May 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Grrwitz Great shoe bench!
I have a small area near the front door and this was the perfect size to fit in that area. I'm very happy with it and my daughter loves putting her shoes in the cubbies! I took one star off because either step 2 or 3 (I don't recall now) was a little difficult holding the sides together and keeping the insides all straight at the same time and lining it up was a little frustrating. Other than that though, I love the product and would purchase (and build) again.
November 6, 2015