Rated 2 out of 5
by alaskamaine Great Bench / Poor Execution
This is a very sturdy bench and could be a very nice piece of furniture, however there is a design flaw. When the bottom shelf is attached to the cross braces between the legs, and the screws are tightened, the cross braces rotate exposing unstained wood. The reason is the legs are at the slight angle but the ends of the bottom shelf are not cut at the same angle, so when you tighten the screws the cross brace rotates to match the bottom shelf.
I was in Bean a few weeks after purchasing the bench and noticed that all of the assembled benches on the showroom floor had the same problem. Minor problem but not what I have come to expect out of Beans.
April 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by SFhiker Requires strong hands or a drill
This piece is very sturdy. I'm using mine as a smell table under a window; it can easily support a heavy plant. The simple design fits with many types of furniture.
It can definitely be assembled by one person, however, it wasn't easy. Some of the pre-drilled holes were very shallow and I got a blister forcing the long screws into the wood.
December 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanDogLover Beautiful!
I've been looking for a bench/stool that was less than 33" long...found this one, and debated buying it for over a week....well, with 15% off, I went for it! It's beautiful! Looks really good in the kitchen by the back door. It was easy to assemble the 4 pieces..I'm so glad I bought this bench..
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by stitchingirl Lovely piece
Picked up our Dark Mission Bench today and my handy hubby had it together in about a half an hour. One problem...he had to shim the bottom side rails in order for the unstained part of the legs not to show. The finish is very nice, and the bench feels nice and sturdy Now I just need to find baskets to fit. We've ordered the Painted Cottage Hutch to go with it, so we're looking forward to seeing if it's a good compliment. Very pleased with all the shipping/tracking info and prompt delivery.
November 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Copr238 Fireside bench
Arrived well packaged. Easy to follow instructions. Easy to assemble! Great looking bench.
September 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by nmtechi It is real Wood!
The kit arrived very well pact with no damage.While the unit is made of real wood as opposed to composite, it is assembled in a fashion in keeping with its price. Single screw joining on the legs and cross pieces, single screws at the top of the legs to the skirt of the top. When assembled and the screws are tighten per the instructions pretty sturdy little bench or in my case hall table for the quick drops of life coming in the door. A nice finish but with ghosting around some connections. The directions could be better, like mentioning the slight angel cut on the shelf ends to match the slope of the legs. There are only two ways for the shelf to be assembled and some will get to a chance to do it twice.
All in all for the put-togethers I have dealt with this is a pretty good for the price.
July 16, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by repi314 Nice idea, poor quality
Purchased this bench for use in our guest bedroom as a place for sitting, luggage, etc, as the room is not large and is not used often.
In theory this is the perfect piece for that use, nice size and the color is perfect.
However, if I hadn't ordered the table myself, I would not have ever guessed that it came from LLBean. Quality is similar to put-together furniture from a Big Box Store. One corner was broken, two pre-drilled holes were not straight, and none of the angles were cut appropriately (such that the piece does not really fit together well). The top surface is rough - didn't have a final sand or didn't have sanding between coats of finish?
Took > 2 weeks for delivery.
This table definitely does not live up to LLBean's reputation and I'm disappointed in the USA craftsmanship. Even though it will be a huge hassle to return, it's going back.
June 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KansasSmallTownGirl Mission Bench is Made in USA!
I purchased this bench after seeing the two my sister-in-law purchased from LL Bean for her house! I absolutely love it! It works perfectly in my space and looks so nice. Made sturdy and strong! One of my favorite parts is that it is made in the USA so it is quality workmanship.
Thanks LL Bean for another great product!
April 16, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by REB1 Wrong directions & hardware!
The fireside bench (small) arrived well packed but with wrong directions and hardware. The directions were for a "mission under window bookcase" and the hardware consisted of 8 1&1/4 " screws. Absent but needed were 4 2" screws. There were 9 wood pegs (needed 8) and 4 shelf pins (needed zero). The directions for assembly were useless but a catalog picture was sufficient after determining that 2" phillips screws were needed requiring trip to hardware store. Vendor quality control needs some improvement.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBoston Love it!
We ordered the large size mission fireside bench on Saturday night and received it Tuesday morning. We couldn't be more surprised and pleased by the speed of the delivery. My husband put it together with an electric screwdriver which he says is essential for tight and stable connections. Our living room is small and so we're using this bench as a coffee table. It looks great and we could not be happier with this excellent piece of furniture!
January 14, 2014