Rated 3 out of 5 by 1
Rated 3 out of 5 by Dragonfly Think Tank Narrow, Misaligned Holes
I gave this three stars because it is a really pretty/handsome unit for serving the purpose of shoe storage. But as for a bench, the instructions stated that the maximum weight was 175 pounds, which would probably break if a man or woman (one of my guests) weighing over this amount tried to sit on it to remove their shoes. Thus, I'm using this as an entertainment center instead to store my 32" television and DVD player in my bedroom (it looks really nice as a small entertainment center, with almost an Asian appearance and low enough so your head doesn't have to look up when lying or sitting on a low-laying bed). Also, the assembly took about 2 hours because the holes for the top seating part were misaligned. I had to use my own battery-operated drill to make the holes and then use arm muscle to use the Allen wrench for the screws. Had the holes been aligned, it would have only taken 30 minutes. Additionally, there was a piece of wood (not really visible) that was damaged; it was split but still attached, and it wasn't a critical part of the frame, so I could still use it and keep it without having to pay for return shipping costs). The good thing about this unit is that it is unfinished cedar, which means you could stain or paint it later, though the color looks awesome. Overall, I'd say that this would be good for a shoe storage space, a short/narrow table for pots and plants, a low-standing entertainment center, a low/narrow/short coffee table for low-seating futons or couches, or a bathroom storage unit. Unless you weigh 175 pounds or less, I wouldn't trust sitting on it. For the purpose of it being a seating/entrance way bench, it is not worth the cost or effort. I purchased this with easy pay, so that kind of made up for the hassles.