Once i finally got it together it is pretty nice. The first three shelves fit just fine but the bottom shelf was slightly warped and the screw holes did not match up well. However, after much more struggle than necessary and dropping the stupid wrench a hundred times, i got it together and put it in my closet. It is sturdy and looks nice. I am fairly adept at assembling things like this, so i’m not just whining. At least i had all the parts and even a couple of extra screws.
I liked this beautiful bench so much i ordered two of them. and have also ordered another songmics furniture item. These pieces are nicely made and look really good. They are easy to assemble and, since they are a little less bulky than other items like this, can and do fit into ‘problem spaces’ efficiently to increase storage / reduce clutter. i am very pleased with all of my songmics purchases.
I almost didn’t buy this after reading the reviews, but it was the only thing i found that met the following criteria:1. Under 20 inches tall so that it would fit beneath my windowsill. Water-resistant material (not laminate or wood) suitable for holding potted plants. Varied shelf/surface space heights. I’d read reviews that warned of splinters, but i gambled that this would come as it looks in the photograph and it did. The surfaces are very smooth, with a waxy sort of finish that is pleasing to touch. The description says that the boards will creek a little when weight is applied. Supposedly this is not bamboo breaking, but just bamboo shifting. Since i’m using mine for potted plants, i don’t need mine to hold a lot of weight, and i’m unconcerned about this issue. I worried a little that the color wouldn’t match the woodwork in my home at all, but to my pleasure, it matches the floors very, very well. Assembly:i think i read somewhere that the screws and the holes don’t match perfectly. This seems to just be an artifact of bamboo: it warps. You just make it match up if it doesn’t seem to match at first. Here are the specifications for the SONGMICS 2-tier Shoe Bench Boot Organizing Rack Entryway Storage Shelf w’ High and Low Levels:
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- MULTIFUNCTIONAL BAMBOO SHOE BENCH: 100% natural bamboo, environment friendly and sturdy; 2 tiers bamboo rack & storage bench for shoes, boots, bags, plants, toiletries, baskets in entryway, bedroom, bathroom, closet, etc.
- INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Two-tier shelves for short shoes, one tier larger section for boots and heels. 2 seat heights make it a great shoe shelf and shoe bench for you and your child
- THOUGHTFUL WORKMANSHIP: Natural and smooth finish, rounded corners, protect your family from being scratched, especially the children
- EASY ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY: Antirust and durable screws can be installed and disassembled repeatedly, tools provided
- SPACE-SAVING STORAGE SHOE BENCH: Product size: 44.1″L x 11.1″W x 17.7″H (112cm x 28.3cm x 45cm), slim figure to put in your cubby closet, wardrobe, cabinet, garage, entrance, foyer and other storage area
It took an hour to put it together, but it was well worth it. We use it as a bench and a step stool when needed.
Easy to assemble, attractive, sturdy, met all my expectations and was exactly as described in the product description. I use it at the end of my bed to help my aging jack russell get on the bed. The lower tier is perfect to give her a boost. I also use it to sit on and put my shoes on. I had a minor problem with one screw set that was defective but i contacted songmics via email and they responded quickly (on the weekend) and took care of my problem immediately. Their customer service is exceptional, so if you have a problem with your purchase i urge you to contact customer service and not just leave an ugly review.
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- Great product for a great price!
Armed with a screw driver, wood glue and sheer will, my husband put this together in about 40 minutes. The wood cracked in a spot during shipping but my husband fixed it and it looks great. It’s sturdy, and it looks like quality bamboo. Looks great and we both sat on it and ate a snack after he finished it.
This bench is a little fussy to put together. Not all the pieces i got were exactly the correct size, so a little fiddling and a lot of patience was needed. However, it fits perfectly where i needed it and feels plenty secure to sit on and tie shoes, even for the men in the house.
Pros: i purchased this table specifically to fit in a small space between a chair and stairway (mainly for my boyfriend’s use). A you will see in the photos, it holds a variety of items such as a small tv, phones. Remotes, a modem and plenty of additional space for magazines, tissue box, newspaper and accessory items. I like the tiered multiple shelves and the overall appearance of it. It fits perfect in the space i intended it for. Cons: i was disappointed that one of the drilled holes was too small for the hardware to fit and another drilled hole was too big. So i have 2 areas without screws in them. Also, there was one screw missing and a couple of areas have splinted wood which may have occurred during shipping. Despite the cons, i am still pleased with this table as it serves it’s purpose and my boyfriends is pretty happy with it.
Very simple assembly, squeaks when you sit on it, but does not break.
I was looking for a two tier (in german tier means animal lol story for another time:o) shoe bench. I had googled for one and this one came up on amazon. I am an amazon prime customer, so why not?.I got it took it out of the box and first thing i notice is that there are too pieces of bamboo surface slats that are completely off and then i noticed there is a support piece on the long bottom piece that came off also. I break out the wood glue and we’ll see if that holds it together. To gather my tools, my glue and put it together. I don’t know if i will have to clamp the glued parts together (i probably should have, but my clamps are out in my shed and it is midnight), but i will if it comes apart again. It looks nice and though it did need a little more assembly than it should have required, i will say the table top parts (or surfaces) were for the most part put together.
The instructions weren’t too clear as i had to look at the picture on the instruction sheet several times but after putting a few screws on i got the concept down and it was fairly easy. This comes with all the tools you need to assemble it so you don’t have to go scrambling around the house to look for your tool box. The bamboo is gorgeous, the color is just how it looks and it looks a lot more expensive than what was paid. The small stool area is perfect for my 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son to sit down & put their shoes on. I would definitely recommend this item ?.
There’s nothing wrong with this bench, but it’s kind of meh. I would say it does the job, but it doesn’t have enough space for my family’s shoes so shoes are shoved in on top of each other which looks bad and proves logistically difficult when removing shoes you want to wear. The kids end up spilling shoes all over the floor in the process of getting out their shoes. Looking back this also wasn’t the best design choice for us. It was hard to find a practical place for it, and it’s out of place. I’m hoping to put some kind of finish on it and make it a plant bench (for outside). One final note for inquiring minds, a full-size human can sit on this, just expect it may wobble a bit.
Easy to assemble (though have patience because it will take a while) as well as a beautiful and renewable resource product. A little spend for the quality but i use these (i got two slightly different ones to use as a ‘system’) in my closet and love them. Sturdy and purdy- can’t beat that.
The snow boots don’t fit in there but it’s great for me and my kid during winter. Also, when i got it when i was 9 mos pregnant and i’m a good sized gal. It holds quite a bit of weight ;).
I took my time i opened the box i separated all the pieces i counted everything i made sure i physically touched everything and knew what parts were what. Went together like a breeze and it looks beautiful and i weigh about 280 lb and i sat on it perfect.
Received the bench quickly, my husband put it together while i was at work however, it was missing 24 of the essential bolts. I emailed them this morning, saturday, not expecting to hear from them until the following week. Low and behold, when i got home i had an email from them, the bolts were shipped same day. We bought this for our bichon so he could look out the window, it’ should be perfect for him. I think for the price it’s everything we could want or expect. He can try it out as soon as we get our bolts. . Hubby had absolutely no problem putting this together.
Easy to assemble and perfect for tight space. We used it for shoe rack and station for purses,hats and keys in our narrow dinning area toward the corridor. The lower bench is very small, can only be for a child or skinny adult with flexible to sit and put on shoes. Over all this bamboo shoe bench is not made for tall or overweight individual. It is cute, compact and functional for us.
I used the rack as a gardening organizer and it’s really sturdy. It took a while to install it (about 1 & 1/2 hours, since i was a newbie) but it was easy to follow the step by step instructions. All the necessary tools (wrench, allen wrench, nuts and screws) were included. I was able to put potting soil, rocks, and fetilizer all on top of this rack.
I love this this except that it was a pain to put together and came with no instructions. It is sturdy enough for my uses- it sits under one of my windows and i put shoes on the bottom and house plants on the top shelf so they can get some sun. After i finally got it together i sat on it just to test it out, it does creak like some other reviewers noted. Some of the slats on top seem to be loose and not totally adhered. I don’t know that i’d trust it as a bench to sit on day after day. It keeps things organized & off the floor, and elevates my plants- exactly what i wanted it for. I might buy another for another room of the house, it looks just as pictured and is absolutely beautiful.
Easy to build but the instructions are slightly off. The errors in the instructions are easy to overcome as the instruction pictures and build is pretty simple to figure out. One of my screws did not have the allen hole in it, the drilled holes in the wood aren’t great, but manageable for the build.
Needed something to go at the foot of my couch, which is quite close to my door in my tiny nyc apartment. The length works well against the arm of the couch. Hides the shoe clutter, and then i keep books and a potted plant atop. Not fancy, but as described and works well. It only took me about 20mins to put it together (late at night because i was eager), and i am not terribly handy. I haven’t decided if i will paint it yet, but for now i’m happy as is.