Rated 4 out of 5Â by MelissaAZ Small and Sturdy
This bench was exactly what I needed for my entry way. It was very simple to put together and took less than an hour. I've had it for a year now and the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because it does easily scratch. The wood may be a bit soft.
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Frank Had problems.
Purchased the Amherst entryway bench in July 2015. The designer uses âsupport barsâ to strengthen the joint where the side panel meets the front and back of the cabinet. Once the front/back is aligned with the side using pins, you are supposed to run 8 screws through the support and screw them into the side and front/back, which is difficult because there is limited access to tighten the screws, and holes are not pre-drilled in the hard wood. If you try to drill pilot holes, you run the risk of drilling through the finished surfaces.
The designer added a 5th leg, centered on the bottom of the cabinet, to help support the weight of someone sitting on the bench. It was the longest leg, so the bench sat on 2 side legs and the center leg; if you shifted on the bench, the bench would rock to the 2 legs on the opposite side, but the center leg always stayed on the floor. Cutting down the center leg enough, but not too much, took time.
The kit was well packaged and arrived without visible damage. Still, a few parts arrived scuffed; overall, the quality of the finish was fair and looked like it was done by a trainee rather than in a factory with quality control. It looks good from 5 ft away, but itâs not a show piece.
Iâd suggest you take your changes on another product.