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Outstanding for the price but warping a year later
on April 24, 2012
This unit comes preassembled for everything except the feet. And the packaging is amazing for them - each is separately wrapped in bubble wrap, which is then wrapped as a single unit in more bubble wrap, which is then wrapped again in a pretty thick foam "blanket". Little chance of damage during shipping. Even the big box this is in, they add a second layer of cardboard under the top seam to help prevent people cutting the top of the item when they open it. Just be careful with your knife when cutting the tape off the top, if you don't give enough force to penetrate cardboard, you won't be able to cut your bench.
The hinge works very well, truly "wall hugging". I have it right up against the wall under my bay window in the great room, and when you tilt it up, it pulls forward some then pivots with spring assist. Holds open with just the springs, no locking hinge or anything you have to "release" to close it again. And it doesn't slam shut so safe for little hands.
Mine is in great shape, no marred sections or discolorations. Solidly built, no wiggle or wobble in the frame at all. Four feet screw in easily and snugly.
Seems quite large - I'm over 6 feet tall and this was just about to my shoulders when on its end in the box on my front porch.
I had this ordered almost two months ago since they were out of stock, but expected more in. It came back in stock sooner than the initial estimate, and I'm glad I waited, since it's tough to find a *GOOD* storage bench like this at a price like this (no wonder they were backordered). I received an email that they were back in stock late Saturday night and I had it here this Tuesday already.
Edit after having it a year:
Right side is seriously warped, the end piece on the right - very huge curve in it now. So much that the top edge of that right "side" of the chest now sticks out way past the top when it closes. No idea why just one piece would warp like that unless there was one piece in this that was not treated or something. I have a whole house dehumidifier system so the house does not have a lot of moisture. No idea why this bent so out of shape, but disappointing that in just a year it deformed itself. I dropped it from the original 5 star rating to a 2 for that.