The dining bench is sturdy and the fact that it has storage is a huge plus! The corner can be reconfigured to fit different angles. The table is flimsy- it sways despite being tightened and double checked for accurate installation. Te wood is also very soft - and now has math homework ingrained into it...
damaged upon shipment, product was in pieces, box torn and shredded. product was shipped UPS and delayed several days. Had to return entire product to Sears I will never order thru Sears online ever again.
I thought this nook would be great for the kids to do homework on and east snacks on. While it is serving its purpose somewhat, it is not the quality I would have expected. The material seems light and with three boys I am not sure how long it is going to hold up.
I love this set. Looks beautiful in my kitchen.
I purchased this table from sears online and picked up at my local store so there wasn't any shipping damage. It took me approximately 4 hours to fully assemble by myself. I would like to take the time to say that the people who said this product was flimsy or not sturdy...just don't know how to put these types of things together. I used some wood glue on every joint, and used a cordless drill and then when it died on me, finished by hand with screwdriver. It is very nice looking table (bigger then I expected from reviews) and everybody who has came to my place and seen it have complimented on it, couldn't believe the price, and had seen one before...myself included. If you use wood glue to assemble you will have a solid, sturdy table. I am 6'3 235lbs and it fits my height and weight without any creaks or indication of strain. instructions were easy to follow and I would like to say again...it is a nice looking table, and perfect for a small dining space. This is a unbelievable buy for the price...after discounts and tax it was 189.00...I did quite a bit of research and it runs 289.00 on ******, and everywhere else online.
It was shoddily made and we couldn't even put it together. It was very wobbly on the one part that did manage to get to be somewhat put together. It was very unstable and we had a lot of problems returning it, and didn't even get a full refund when we did despite following the instructions that the sears customer service gave on the phone. It's possible that I got a lemon, but I would not recommend this.
Really a very nice unit. Would have given it a 5 star but it is made of pine and so it is a soft wood. But other than that is a very sturdy piece of furniture. And for the price you can not go wrong. Takes some time to put it together. Did use a hand screwdriver so not to crack the wood. But worth taking your time putting it together. A very attractive piece of furniture.
I was able to purchase this set on sale. We had it shipped directly to our house. Based on other reviews, this made me nervous. However, it arrived and all of the pieces were intact. One of the feet had a chip missing from the bottom, but was hidden. Assembly: My husband assembled everything. He liked the way the screws came packaged. The instructions were a little unclear. We had to read other reviews to figure out how to do the seat hinges. With a little patience it all came together quickly, and with very little frustration. I rated it a 4 based on the quality of the wood. With that being said, you can't beat it for the price.
For the price I paid on sale (about two thirds the list price) it is not a bad deal for a quick dining set that will last maybe 2 or 3 years. The Directions are adequate, but you will need a few additional tools while putting it together. Besides the #2 Philips screw driver you should have a cordless screw driver unless you have forearms like Popeye. There are two screws that go too deep for the typical cordless screw driver/drill so you will need that traditional manual screw driver or a fairly rare extended(4 inch) bit for the cordless driver. you may want a drill bit for a few spots as their jig seems a bit off for making the pre-drilled holes. In my case they lined up right, but were often mere marks on the panels with no depth. Additionally you should have a rubber mallet for pounding in the dowels as the holes are bit tight in some cases and the wood is sometimes warped and needs "guidance". A bottle of wood glue is also handy to have since some of the holes for the dowels are too loose and some supporting bits of wood look pretty shaky. Glue will provide a bit more security. Another note. The provided drawer bottoms are basically compressed card board. They will support things like extra table cloths, napkins and place mats, but nothing more substantial. In my case the ends were damaged in shipping, but as they were just drawer bottoms I used them anyways. I won't be putting heavier things in there. You could replace them with plexiglass from a big box hardware store if you want more weight capacity and aren't worried about losing the faux wood look inside the drawer. Also note. The rest of the piece is wood, but being pine it is fairly soft and will get dinged up fairly easily during normal life and possibly even construction. You might want to have some wood repair crayons on hand. Finally when assembling the seats pay attention to the drawings not the text. My instructions made no mention of the hinge pins for the seats, but if you look closely at the drawings you can barely see the "C" disignation and the pins being inserted. The bench seats could be left unhinged, but that may allow kids fingers to get pinched and will likely wear the seat supports a bit more that would happen otherwise.