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I read all of these terrible reviews and it definitely was discouraging me from buying this bench. But, I decided to give it a try and you know what? It's freaking awesome. Use your brain powers of common sense and follow the instructions for assembly. You could do it by yourself, but it's so much easier with two people, I found. Is it sturdy? Yes. Could your 300-pound-uncle Joe or your bull-in-a-china-closet teenager body slam onto it? Probably not. Tell ol' Joe to stop being an as*h*** and tell your wild-a** teenager to stop treating the furniture like it was made out of concrete - this is why we can't have nice things!!!... was there some plastic flashing on the edges of some of the pieces? Yes. It's a hundred dollar bench - get an exacto knife and trim that sh** off. BAM. Good as new. All you people posting these terrible reviews need a reality check in the flavor of "what you get for 100 bucks"... Now, I'm gonna go sit on my sweet-a** bench and enjoy the rest of the day. PEACE.
We purchased this to be used as a double kitty condo for 2 feral cats we adopted. Our ferals don’t always want to cuddle/share the same space with each other hence the need for two sleeping areas.Over the last few years we have tried a lot of different solutions, but have not cared for the space they took up on the porch 6 months out of the year. Plus they all ended up looking like we had built the equivalent of a “Kitty Ghetto” on our porch. Lol!Some completely broke down, or looked trashy due to the weather, others just looked like the mixed mash of materials that they were. They all were, dry, and comfortable inside for the cats who also had 2 outdoor heating pad specifically for outdoor use with cats installed. In the long by run they still were not a permanent, or even semi-permanent solution- at least not for us, and definitely not for the front of our home. It’s not that we’re perfectionist, but the front porch is what everyone who comes to your house sees first. So we have been on the hunt for a better solution. One that would most importantly keep the Kat & Buddy comfortable & dry through what Mother Nature could throw at them, and something that looked nice.In order to turn these into cat condos we bought a good piece of plywood, & 2 small inexpensive pet doors (the opening in specific was 6 1/2” wide & tall) for the outer “doorways” & just in case the bench needed the extra support.We put the doors at each end. We then cut a piece of plywood to make a draft blocking wall on each end, and one for down the middle for those times when they wanted a little space from each other.The cat doors came with a template, so we used it to mark out all the cuts we made. We staged the cuts so that there wouldn’t be a continuous draft through the bench.The bench is also a comfortable seat for when we want to sit out on the porch!IF we were using it as outdoor storage for our seat cushions- it is quite spacious, and would be a great place to keep them when not in use!We absolutely DO recommend this bench regardless of your use!&We also hope our review is helpful to you!**Some extra notes on building a feral kitty shelter ????-**In case you are reading this and have not yet created an outdoor shelter for your cats (tame or feral) your cat always needs a secondary opening so they can not be cornered by another animal, or even another cat.**Most ferals won’t use a shelter that they can be cornered in, or can’t see out of. Hence the reason we took the doors out of the door frames. (As seen in the photos)**We plan on putting hay, and some DE ( diametecous earth) in this weekend, but for now there is a blanket in both sides to cuddle into & stay warm.Hay is preferable because it does not absorb & hold moisture the way blankets/fabrics do. Hay also allows the cats to burrow in, or lay on top of it depending on the weather.**The DE is to spread in the bottom below the hay for any fleas, or flea eggs that might get carried in.**We are considering putting in a pvc tube with a screw on top (like they do for chickens sometimes) for the dry food we free feed in addition to the can of wet food they get in the afternoon.**Once the cats are used to it we may add insulation board on front & bottom, or top, but for now they are happy with their new shelter, and so are we!**For the first time builders - to entice the cats to check out new digs we feed the wet food in the doorways (small plates in the pictures) for the first few weeks So they have to go inside.**During freezing temps we have a couple of the outdoor cat heating pads even though with the shelter and hay they really don’t need it. They’re more for our our sense of well-being.**The porch is big enough we are thinking about adding a second one for summer so we can add a small fan and a water line.We really hope all of this helps you & your feral kitties!
I read a lot of reviews before I bought this bench. Some of the negative reviews concerned me, but I bought it anyway at a discount price. As I followed the directions I realized that some of the problems people complained about were probably caused from trying to skip or not following each step in detail.When I finished putting the bench together I also noticed that it needed to be on a perfectly flat floor. If not it, caused a slight twist to the box and the lid would not fit correctly. It's better on a deck or concrete patio.I also added two eye bolts to the lid on the the bench to tye the pad to.