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Way Basics Eco 3 Cubby Storage Bench and Stackable Organizer, Espresso (made from sustainable non-toxic zBoard paperboard)

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  • World's easiest tool free assembly; no tools required; Just peel, stick and done
  • Made of durable, zBoard recycled paperboard; responsible sustainable design
  • Sustainably made, non-toxic, no formaldehyde and no VOC for a healthy home
  • Made to congregate and coordinate with all our other furniture; Stack and organie to create the design you need
  • 2 sided backer board included; Select matching wood grain or white to match your decor
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Product Description

Color: Espresso

Product Description

Our Story

Since you’re here, you’re probably a lot like us: creative, practical, caring, and ready to inspire a better way. We are inspired to do things right and keep things simple. We believe in treating everyone as if they were our friend, protecting our environment as if it were our home, and finding creative solutions to over complicated challenges. In short, we are Way Basics. Paper based storage furniture became the foundation of our initial introduction for the brand. Our founder, Jimmy, thought it would be fun to create a recycling bin made from recycled paper, since it’s one of the most commonly recycled materials. It comes flat and then pops open like paper grocery bag, but a much fancier design. You can throw all your recyclables in it, and then recycle the entire thing - then pop another one open and the recycling starts again. It's simple and elegant.

Simple: The World's Easiest Assembly

In our packages, you won't find mysterious collections of screws and nails, or complicated diagrams and instructions. That's because you can put our unique zBoards together without tools or hardware. Super-strong 3M brand adhesive strips let you fit the pieces neatly together. Just peel, stick, and you're done.

Safe: Zero Formaldehyde Or VOC

We treat the people of the world as our family. We want you to be safe and live the healthiest life possible. You can rest assured that our products aren't polluting the air inside your home, as there are no VOCs or formaldehyde in our products. VOCs are chemicals that become a gas at room temperature, such as formaldehyde. Products made with those chemicals will release the gas into the air, a process called off-gassing, and if high concentrations of formaldehyde are off-gassed and breathed in, it could cause health problems. We also use a water-based glue that is completely recyclable.


How Strong Is The Double-Sided Adhesive Tape?

Very, very strong. We use only 3M industrial-strength heavy-duty adhesive tape on our products. To take full advantage of all that sticking power and get optimum adhesion, make sure your bonding adhesive surfaces are clean, dry, and properly joined. It works best if you put together your furniture in a room that’s between 70° F to 100° F (21° C to 38° C). This super-tape’s bonds get stronger during the first 24 hours, so we recommend that you let your furniture sit in place for the first day.

What Is zBoard?

Our patented manufacturing process turns this post-consumer recycled paper into superbly strong paperboards that weigh 62% less than particle board with unmatched quality and durability. zBoards are the wave of the future thanks to the basic principles of being simple, fun, practical, and made from one of the simplest materials ever - paper.

How Strong Is It?

It’s very strong indeed! zBoards are made from multiple, overlapping layers of paperboard and corrugated paper that combine to withstand tremendous pressure. We like to describe the zBoard as the "carbon fiber of paper. " A cube has a recommended max weight of 50 lbs.

Toxin Free

zBoards are made from post-consumer recycled paper and do not consume additional natural resources like trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. Way Basics furniture also does not "off-gas" or contain formaldehyde and VOCs.

Great For Home, Kids, Office

Way Basics Cubes are the perfect storage solution for any room in your home, kids love them, and they even find their way into the work environment.

Interior Dimensions

Depth 11. 2" | Width 11. 8" | Height 11. 2”

From the Manufacturer

Way Basics FeaturesWay Basics : Your Easy Eco and Non-toxic Modular Storage Solution

Yes, it’s a cube. Yet once you put this most-basic Way Basics piece together, you’ll find dozens of uses for it. It’ll be a cubby to store toys, magazines, DVDs or books in. You’ll use it as a light, portable extra seat. The cube is strong enough to serve as a stepstool to reach those high cupboards in the kitchen. And it’s the first building block for your own customized furniture ideas.

We believe we’ve invented the simplest, most ingenious furniture ever. Ultra-easy to put together, sustainably made and completely recyclable, it’s made from environmentally sound building blocks we call zBoards that’ll inspire your creativity with playful possibilities.

And when you buy Way Basics furniture, you’re helping improve the world in other ways, too. We work with furniture banks around the country to help those families in desperate need -- victims of natural disasters who’ve lost everything they owned, women and children Sustainable Furnishings Council Memberescaping from domestic violence, working families below the poverty line, and others requiring a hand up — not a handout.

We’re founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition united to promote environmentally healthy practices in the industry, and to help consumers identify good furniture choices. We are also proud to announce that in 2008, Way Basics went zero via the Conservation Fund’s “Go Zero Program.” This means that we offset our company carbon emissions by planting trees at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge! To learn more visit the Conservation Fund.

Save Trees - Use More zBoardzBoard: Save Money and Trees

It took us 10 years to perfect the ingenious building-block zBoards at the heart of our business. Our patented, environmentally sound manufacturing process turns post-consumer recycled paper into superbly strong boards that weigh 62% less than particle board. zBoards are just as solid and structurally sound as any engineered wood furniture, yet they’re made from one of the simplest materials ever – paper.

We designed these marvelous building boards to be versatile and easy to assemble, and came up with a new way to put the pieces together. Strategically placed super-strong adhesive strip is the answer – all you do is peel off the protective covering, stick the blocks together, and you’re done. If you’re creating your own design with zBoards, you can also use screws or hardware if you like. zBoards are water-resistant and easy to clean. They come in different colors and both light and dark wood-grain designs, so you have options to fit your decor. They’re also available in white, which makes a perfect canvas for your own imagination.

PEEL STICK DONEThe World's Easiest Assembly

In our packages, you won’t find mysterious collections of screws and nails, or complicated diagrams and instructions. That’s because you can put our unique zBoards together without tools or hardware. Super-strong 3M brand adhesive strips let you fit the pieces neatly together. Just peel, stick and you’re done. Honest. See the assembly videos on our website.

You can buy our thoughtfully designed step-by-step furniture kits. And because they’re so easy to assemble and so versatile, you can also mix and match zBoards to fulfill your furniture fantasies. Since Way Basics products are modular, it’s easy to add on to your creation if you need more storage or want to use it for a different purpose. Then paint, wallpaper, or embellish them any way you like as well. (Kids love to decorate their own Way Basics stuff.) That’s something you definitely don’t get with most assembly-required furniture.

As Seen OnThey're Talking About Us

You may have seen Way Basics discussed on your favorite television morning show, your newspaper, or seen a review on a popular website. Our revolutionary easy eco modular furniture is making waves and has been seen on: MSNBC, ABC, Kids Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Daily Candy, Apartment Therapy to name a few.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I do with the backer board that came with my furniture?
A:When you’re done assembling your Way Basics furniture piece, place the backer board at the rear of your furniture. This sturdy paper board is the essential framing piece that holds it all together. It’s designed to adhere neatly, stabilize your furniture and create a finished look.

Q: How can I customize my Way Basics Furniture?
Recycled paper becomes zBoardsA: The possibilities are endless! We designed our modular building blocks to inspire creativity and possibility. Here are a few ideas:

  • zBoard dividers are available to create organization and playful possibilities.
  • Stack different bookshelves in different colors next to each other to create you own design.
  • Add stickers!
  • Mix and match zBoards of different hues to add a charge of color to any room.
  • Build a multi-colored bookshelf or insert multiple zBoard dividers for a great look.
  • Rest a horizontal zBoard on top of any two of our lower pre-configured pieces and voila! You’ve got a table or desk.
  • Get fancy and spice it up with casters or wheels to make your furniture mobile. (you will need a screwdriver to affix casters)
  • Visit the Design Gallery on waybasics.com for more ideas!

Q: Made from paper...is it strong? How much weight can zBoards hold?
A: It’s very strong indeed! zBoards are constructed through our patented process and are made from multiple, overlapping layers of paperboard and corrugated paper that combine to withstand tremendous pressure. We like to describe the zBoard as carbon fiber of paper. For instance, our founder weighs 195 pounds and when he stands on our Cube it can easily bear his weight.

zBoards are just as strong as common particle board constructed furniture. Our furniture is designed for use in common storage, home, and work purposes. With Way Basics furniture, you can easily add a divider/support zBoard and hold up to 100 pounds per shelf for your really big and heavy things. We recommend adding divider/support zBoards starting from the lowest shelf to support the heaving books or objects above.

Lightweight yet strong!Q: Is your packaging recycled too?
A: Yes, even our packaging is recycled. We use materials made from 90% post-consumer waste. Since packaging is just to safely transport and protect your furniture, we’d rather keep it basic, recycled, and completely recyclable to ease the load on our environment. Please reuse or recycle your packaging when you’re done with it, too. Thanks!

Q: How strong is the double-sided adhesive tape?
A: Very, very strong. We use only 3M industrial-strength heavy-duty adhesive tape on our products. To take full advantage of all that sticking power and get optimum adhesion, make sure your bonding adhesive surfaces are clean, dry, and properly joined. It works best if you put together your furniture in a room that’s between 70° F to 100° F (21° C to 38° C). This super-tape’s bonds get stronger during the first 24 hours, so we recommend that you let your furniture sit in place for the first day.

Q: Are zBoards water resistant?
A: Yes, the exterior layers of the board are treated with a water resistant material just like other finished wood veneers. If water gets on the zBoard surface, it will dry (though of course it’s best if you wipe it up like all spills). You’ll want to keep water away from the furniture’s edges and corners where it’s a little more vulnerable to moisture. Again, we hate to sound like your mom, but if water spills, just wipe it up!

Q: Does Way Basics furniture off-gas?
A: No, Way Basics furniture does not "off-gas". Off-gasing occurs in the manufacturing process of particle poard and MDF in which various types of formaldehyde are used. There is no formaldehyde in our products. Have no fear, our products don't pass gas!

Q: What are the differences among zBoards, particleboard, plywood, solid wood, or MDF?
A: zBoards are made almost entirely (99%) from post-consumer recycled paper, and do not consume additional natural resources like trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. While very strong, paper zBoards are made from the lightest form of wood byproduct.

Particleboard is made from wood particles (like wood chips, sawmill shavings, or sawdust), which is bound together with synthetic resin or other materials, then pressed and extruded. It is fairly heavy.

Plywood is engineered from thin sheets of wood veneer in layers that are glued together. It’s fairly heavy and expensive. It also means that trees must be chopped down to harvest the wood.

Solid wood is made directly from lumber, which means chopping down thousands of trees which adds to the continuing deforestation of large areas of our planet. Solid wood furniture is heavy and generally very expensive.

MDF stands for medium density fiberboard, a variety of particleboard. It’s made by breaking down softwood into small wood fibers and particles that are then bound together with wax and resin. The panels are formed by applying high temperature and pressure. This manufacturing process uses lots of energy resources and puts contaminants into the environment.


Product Information

Color: Espresso
Technical Details
Item Weight12.6 pounds
Product Dimensions12.2 x 12.8 x 37.5 inches
Item model numberBS-CB-1-EO
Assembled Height 12.80 inches
Assembled Width 37.50 inches
Assembled Length 12.20 inches
Weight 16.1 Pounds
  
Technical Specification
  • Assembly Guide No Backing Manual [PDF]
Additional Information
ASINB003ULNQQ6
Best Sellers Rank #578,449 in Home & Kitchen (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJanuary 16, 2010
  
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 4, 2010
Color: Espresso
I was excited to receive my bench and while I knew it was going to be in that rather small size I still thought it would be worth the $[...] I spent on it so I could have a small storage cubicle for our apartment. Little did I know that the whole thing is held together with dowels and sticky tape...

This morning, about three weeks after I set it up, putting only three/four books in one cubby and fabric bags on the other (thus being nowhere near 180 lbs) the entire thing collapsed. Multiple times.

While I'm sure they make great other products, this is inconvenient and completely unstable. I'm now left with no shelf and much less faith in buying online.
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March 29, 2011
Hi A Kid's Review,

Thank you for taking the time to review our product. I am the CEO of Way Basics and I'm here to help address your concerns and experience with our product. We stand by our product quality and performance and are surprised to hear that the bench collapsed on you. Please contact us directly and we would love to help you resolve this. Email us at talktous@waybasics.com with a photo and we'll be sure to help. Thank you very much!

Jimmy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HollyTamale on April 18, 2012
Color: Espresso Verified Purchase
I purchased this bench for all of my plants (and occasionally the cat) to sit on just underneath my window. For this purpose and the price, it is perfect. The espresso color matched all of my other espresso furniture.

The bench is very short and required no screws or nails to put together, so I'd be nervous to put something heavy or sit on it. Just two minor complaints...1) the cubbies are a small, odd size, so I'm having difficulty finding a basket to put in it and 2) it is obviously not real wood, so I have to make sure that nothing wet gets on it.
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April 26, 2012
Hi HollyTamale,

Cute name! Our products are made from a material called zBoard. You can learn more here: http://www.waybasics.com/zboard

Please let us know anything we can help with and we would love to see a photo of your unit. Our team is always available to help at talktous@waybasics.com

Thank you again and enjoy Building Possibilities with Way Basics!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carrie L. Blount on July 24, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Have a new shelf in 5 minutes! There's no screws or complex instructions, just pop in the pegs, remove the strips over the adhesive (3M brand), & press the pieces together.
I have two that I'm using as storage benches in my workout room & yes, I do sit on them -at 160lbs & they don't budge a millimeter.

Pros: Recycled!, easy assembly, light weight, sturdy

Cons: Just don't get it wet b/c it is cardboard.

I will definately order products by this company again.
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August 1, 2012
Hi Carrie,

Thanks for sharing your positive feedback with us! Sounds like you have a very inventive use for the storage bench :) We would love to see a photo of how you are using it. Please share on www.facebook.com/waybasics

As always, we're here to help if you have any questions: talktous@waybasics.com

Thank you and enjoy building possibilities with Way Basics!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Our Neighborhood Child Development Center on December 1, 2011
Color: Espresso Verified Purchase
Yes it is held together by dowels and stickies but we have had ours in the hallway at our child care center for a few weeks now and it is holding up well. I am actually ordering another, they are the perfect bench size for little guys and we use it to hold their shoes coming in and out from the playground, adults sit on it too and it is working fine. It is certainly great for us, eco friendly, inexpensive, and thus far durable.
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February 18, 2012
Hi Katherine K McDonald,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our storage bench! We're really glad to hear that you (and the kids) are pleased with our product, and definitely had a shoe-storage as one of the possible uses in mind when we designed the storage bench. We certainly want you to have a continued relationship with our company, so please feel free to reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] if you have any concerns or further feedback. Thanks again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SMWarren on December 12, 2014
Color: Black
Read some reviews that said this was flimsy. Well, that's a 20 gallon aquarium and water weighs 8 pounds a gallon, plus the aquarium itself weighs about 20 pounds, so that's getting close to 200 pounds. How sturdy do you need this to be?
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December 22, 2014
Hi SMWarren ""Steve Warren"",

Thanks for sharing your feedback about the product. Rest assured our products are designed to be very sturdy. The maximum weight it can hold is 50 pounds.

Jimmy Chiang
Way Basics, Founder
jimmy@waybasics.com
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NYCshopper on January 23, 2012
Color: White Verified Purchase
Children's bench made of compressed paper. Exactly as described. I also used contact cement to hold it together. Do not exceed weight amount. Looks good.
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February 18, 2012
To NYCshopper,

Thank you very much for leaving feedback about our storage bench. Interesting to hear that you used contact cement to hold it together! Were there any issues with the sturdiness before you applied that solution? If so, please feel free to reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] with any suggestions or concerns. We certainly want for you to have a positive experience with all of our products. Thanks again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim on December 18, 2013
Color: Espresso Verified Purchase
The zboard chubby came in great condition, was easy to assemble and looks great. I read about it the zboard product online so I knew what it was made of and how to take care of it. The fact that it uses recycled cardboard is very creative and green but the product looks like laminate. So far it is wearing very well even around my grandchildren.
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December 24, 2013
Hi Kim,

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback with us. We would love to see a photo of how you used the cube. Share it here for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Way Basics: www.waybasics.com/share

Thank you again for choosing Way Basics and enjoy building possibilities. Happy Holidays!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria O on January 1, 2014
Color: Espresso Verified Purchase
We like this piece for its suitability to our purpose for it as an entryway shoe storage solution.
The pros: it is easy to put together and requires no special skill and not even one tool (except for the measuring tape you presumably used to determine that its dimensions are correct for your space and use.) Pieces adhere.
And, instructions were clear. Our 4 year old enjoyed participating in assembling it.
Plus, it is perfectly strong for both kids and adults to be supported sitting while taking shoes off and putting them on.
The cons: this kind of soft manufactured material always seems to arrive with some damage, no matter what. Something is dinged up or marred on the surface. These are not functional problems, simply cosmetic. The corners are almost always a bit caved in, the edges are seldom completely smooth.
We are okay with that because as long as it's not major, we can work around it. We got the dark color because we have experienced this common malady of simulated wood grain materials often.
This piece works just fine for ordinary household use. It looks good enough.
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January 6, 2014
Hi Victoria,

Thank you very much for sharing your positive feedback with us! Isn't it fun to assemble and getting your 4 year old involved, how brilliant! We'd love to see a photo of your set up and you'll be automatically entered to win a $100 voucher towards Way Basics at www.waybasics.com/share

Regarding your damaged corners, I'm so sorry to hear that and that should not have happened. Can you share a few photos with me to review? Our priority is to assure you have a 5 star experience with our products and service. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you at jimmy@waybasics.com

Jimmy
Founder, Way Basics

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