Hey everyone, today it’s time to review the Winsome Verona Storage Bench (Walnut with Beige Baskets) because I recently bought it and it seems one of the most interesting storage benches I used in the last year.
As you can tell from some of my other reviews, I’m not the biggest fan of this company’s products. The reason is because many of their items that I tried are totally different in reality than how they are described on the official site.
Winsome did a pretty good job with this storage bench (yeah, it was quite surprising for me :P), but you still won’t get a 5-star quality product, I mean regarding the quality/price ratio.
A few things about this item
Product name: Verona Storage Bench
Price: $117.25 (At the time when I published this article)
Cheapest place to buy: AMAZON
My rating: 8.70 /10
Worth buying?: For this price yes, but I would still choose something else instead
Things I Liked And Things I Didn’t Like About It
- I thought it was going to be a bit lighter (because the price is pretty low) but it’s quite sturdy actually. It doesn’t wobble and it’s solid enough even if you have a naughty pet 😀
- You can store a lot of different things in those 3 baskets, as long as they have smaller dimensions: shoes, magazines, even a few clothes could fit in
- It’s pretty comfortable as a bench too; although in my opinion it’s a bit too high, once you sit on it it feels pretty nice and comfortable
- The fabric used is real wood, which was pretty impressive (and a bit hard to believe too :P)
- I love the colors it has: that very dark brown combined with the beige color of the shelves would make this bench blend with a lot of other pieces. I actually believe that it would look good in almost any decor (even Bohemian)
- The assembly instructions aren’t very complicated, they have a lot of pictures and explanations; the process itself is also pretty simple and it can be done by 2, or even one person
- The best price I found is pretty low, just $117 including the shipping (which is free within the US)
- It doesn’t have too much storage space, even though it’s designed for storage
- I absolutely hate the dimensions of those 3 baskets. Although I could store a lot of things inside, all of them had to be pretty small, else they wouldn’t fit it
- Besides, the baskets have a pretty harsh design so they can scratch the back of the storage bench. That’s why I always had to take care not to push them too much inside
- In the pictures it seems a bit larger, or at least that’s how I thought it would be. The dimensions are listed on the site, that’s true, but in the picture it does look a bit bigger
- Amazon will only ship it in the US, so for delivery in other countries you have to choose another seller (whose prices are usually a bit higher)
I’m Impressed By The Wooden Fabric
If you read some of my previous posts, you may remember that usually I’m not very satisfied with the materials storage boxes are made of. I mean, some cost around $70 and the fabric they are created of is plastic.
Even though it’s a special type of plastic that is pretty much superior to the regular one, it’s still plastic, right? It’s enough to hear “plastic” and think about low quality, isn’t it so? Or it’s just me thinking like this?
Anyway, things are totally different in this case. Winsome’s storage bench is made of a fabric that few of us would expect to see in such a cheap product: WOOD! It may not be authentic or real wood, but it’s still wood…
I admit I was very surprised to see this in the product description. And to be honest, I didn’t even believe it completely, because throughout the years, I came across many items that claimed to have a lot of false features, which they didn’t have actually.
However, the fabric of this Winsome storage bench proved to be wood… I don’t know what kind of wood, but the important part is that it has a high quality material and that it respects the features listed in the official description.
I’ve been having this product for just a few weeks, but you can notice that the fabric has a good quality. So it’s not just painted into a color that resembles wooden fabric and polished with a special solution (don’t laugh, I’ve seen enough items like this!).
It’s actually made of a sturdy wooden material that gives me the impression to have a very good quality. I told you, I only have it for a few weeks, so only time will show its real quality. So until then, I will stick to my first impression and praise the beautiful fabric and the high quality it has.
I’m Not Satisfied At All With The Storage Space
If I only had praises for the great wooden fabric, when it comes to the available space it has for storage…the things are pretty different here.
Did I tell you how much I hate those storage baskets?! Yeah, I think I did… Well, I’ll tell you once again. 😛
So, to start with the beginning, this storage bench comes together with 2 shelves and 3 boxes, all meant for storage. Its design is created so that after assembling it, one of the 2 shelves has 2/3 from the bottom part of the item, and the other one has 1/3 of it.
Now, the 3 boxes I was telling you about belong to the larger shelf, the one with 2/3. The fit in that space perfectly, and their purpose is to help you store your stuff easier.
But the problem is that the boxes itself are so small and narrow that the only stuff they can store are small pairs of shoes and maybe some papers. Nothing else.
To be honest, that is almost useless for a storage bench, that should normally have a much larger storage space.
However, I always believe that there is a solution for anything, so I tried to find a partial one for this problem too. How did I try to solve it? By changing the 3 small boxes with 2 larger ones.
That is something I could recommend you to try if you get this storage bench, because it’s almost impossible to store regular stuff in those 3 boxes. Instead, having 2 larger boxes would change the situation a bit, as there would be some room for an extra pair of shoes maybe.
If you need even more space, a better solution would be to change those 3 boxes with one box, that would be more spacious and large. You would save some space and this will be visible in your storage room.
Therefore, even though those 3 boxes are completely useless for storage, you can anytime change them with 1 or 2 larger boxes. That was the good part.
The bad part is that even one larger box would probably not be enough for your stuff, simply because the space of this Winsome storage bench isn’t a lot. So to be honest, I can’t really praise it for its storage abilities, because in my opinion they’re pretty bad. 🙁
What I can do instead is to recommend you the Homelegance Storage Bench, which is a pretty different type of storage bench, that could be classified as rather an elegant item. And despite this, it has a much larger storage space, so this won’t be a problem for you anymore.
It’s true that it also costs a few extra dollars, but in my opinion it’s totally worth it, both for the storage space and for the gorgeous look. It’s up to you what you decide. 🙂
I Prefer To Pay $100 For This Product Than $700 For A Luxurious One
As I told you before, if you want to find a product that will offer you a A+ quality, you would probably have to pay close to $700. That would be an average amount for collection storage boxes, which are the pieces with the best quality you can find.
However, very few of us would be willing to pay so much for a storage bench, no matter how amazing it would be. To be honest, I would definitely not agree to buy something like that, simply because of financial reasons.
Therefore, a product with a lower quality but with a much lower price would be a much better option for me.
It’s obvious that this “option” wouldn’t last for 10 years, as the $700 product would…but I still prefer to pay $100 for 5 years than to pay $700 for 10 years. Makes sense, right?
Anyway, although this Winsome storage bench isn’t pretty impressive when it comes to storage, it is so if we talk about the price.
And not everything is so bad, after all. Even though I can’t compare this Winsome storage bench with the piece from Homelegance, if I had to compare it with another similar item that has the same features, Winsome’s product would definitely win when it comes to comfort and sturdiness.
It’s true that it also costs a bit more and the storage space isn’t that large, but overall I would give it a higher mark than its similar contender.
The Best Price Remains The One From Amazon
When I bought this storage bench a few weeks ago, it had the very same price on Amazon, $117. I guess they don’t have too many discounts or sales for this item, probably because the price is already really low.
Anyway, I’ve been taking a look on Walmart, Ebay, Home Depot and other shops and they all have higher prices for the Winsome Storage Bench. I think it’s somewhere around $145 or something like that. So there is a visible difference.
Instead, on Amazon they have the free shipping included, so that’s the place I recommend you to get it from. Plus that they have a pretty fast delivery so you’ll get it in a few days at most. 😉
My Final Verdict – Is It Any Good?
I want to end this review with the same question that I began it with: “Is Winsome Verona Storage Bench (Walnut with Beige Baskets) Any Good?”. Is it a product worth buying or it’s just a useless bench with a very small storage space?
To be honest, it is any good if you want to use it exclusively as a bench. I would give it an A when it comes to comfort and sturdiness, which means that I totally recommend it as a bench. It’s made of wood so it looks like those classic benches that are trending right now.
You will definitely love it if you buy it rather for the “bench feature”.
However, when it comes to storage, it’s definitely not the best product you could find. I mean, I would rather recommend it to people who don’t want to store a lot of things inside, just some essential stuff.
It doesn’t have a lot of available space for storage, and the 3 baskets aren’t the most effective way to store your things. So for storage, it’s a pretty bad product in my opinion.
Therefore, if you want a wooden bench rather for decor than for storage, this could be a pretty good choice. However, if you want an elegant bench that you could also use for storage, I recommend you something that makes a much better option in my opinion.
So I advise you to add it on your check out list. 😉
What do you think about the Winsome Storage Bench? Would you buy it?
Or you would prefer the Homelegance storage bench?