Sturdy and attractive...easy to assemble if you read the instructions
Honestly, I don't know what the fuss is about when it comes to assemby. There are 4 metal rods that go into 4 holes, one in each corner. Once the rods are inserted all the way, a velcro flap keeps them in place. The instructions say to use a mallet to tap the rods down...clearly other reviewers did not read the instructions because they seem surprised that a mallet or hammer was required. If you follow the instructions and use a mallet to gently tap the rods into place you'll find assembly is quite simple.
The hamper itself is sturdy and attractive...I'm back ordering another one because I'm so happy with the first.
September 1, 2013
A perfect nightmare to assemble!
I would like to have 5 minutes alone with the designer of this product! It is VERY difficult to assemble. The instructions are useless- you look at them and you have NO clue what you are looking at. The tiny holes that you are meant to shove each rod into, are WAY too high up on the unit. (They also don't give you any visual hint, like painting it red or yellow- so you don't know what you're looking for initially) I have an 'okay' finger/hand strength, and like other reviewers, I struggled to get each rod down to the bottom. For the fourth rod, I had to take my kitchen scissors and slice the hole a bit bigger (and lower), as that hole was almost into the top seam. (Most likely a sewing defect) Luckily, I did not damage the hamper in the Lucille Ball-esque wrestling match. Once it's together, it's very nice looking. So, if you have a man around- make HIM do it!
August 14, 2013
Difficult to assemble, damaged fabric in process
I bought the hamper for a nursery. I am satisfied with the look of the hamper overall. My only complaint is the assembly which requires you to stretch and jam four slim metal rods into the corner seams of the hamper. This was extremely difficult to pull off because the hamper canvas is very stiff. First, we had to cut/tear/stretch the holes where you insert the rods larger and then when we had three of the four in the fourth was impossible to get straight down into the hole. The metal frame at the mouth of the hamper is unforgiving and I would have had to bend the rod to get it in the hole. Eventually, I had to pull/roll the top seam over the metal frame that is sewn into the mouth of the hamper to expose the fourth hole and use a hammer to finally the final rod all the way into place. When all four rods were in I attempted to stretch the top seam back into place using my hands and then eventually a wrench wrapped around a washcloth. The canvas fabric became all ripped up around the corner where I eventually gave up trying to stretch the top back into place. So, its together, and its monogrammed but the back right corner is torn and stretched out of place. I'm bummed its not perfect.
July 21, 2013
Full body workout!!!!
This is probably one of the worst products I have ever purchased! This is not about the quality of the canvas but the assembly of the hamper! I have been wrestling with this for over a half hour...Followed the suggestion of opening holes with a screwdriver( pencil would never be strong enough). I would have sent this back but after all the effort ...I was determined! Two of the rods are still not completely in the sleeve...have to get a rubber mallet!!!
July 21, 2013
No problems with the metal supports
Well, i really wanted these for my laundry room so i took a chance and ordered three hoping that a company like Lands End would fix a problem like others had described with the metal supports being too long. I ordered a red, yellow, and blue and all of the supports worked fine. I had a little trouble with one getting stuck in a seam, but I took a skewer and stuck it down in the hole and it went in no problem so I just worked a little harder to get the metal rod in and it went.
I LOVE these-- they are the perfect size for a good sized load of laundry without being too heavy when full. AND my kids know what item goes in which one because of the color coding (I didn't monogram so i could move them around and repurpose them easily).
HIGHLY recommend! I think i'll get one more...
May 3, 2013
Great Hamper but....
The holes to insert the rods are to far up in the corners; it is very difficult to insert them. We had to use a scissors to open up the last hole to get the rod in. The rods were the right size and we were able to get them all the way in once we could get it in the hole. Please improve this - it is a great product and looks great in our beach house!
February 24, 2013
This is exactly what I wanted. It is well made and LE has done it again. The only draw back was putting it together. There are four rods that have to be placed into the canvas. But a minor draw back. I highly recommend.
January 6, 2013
pretty good but needs tweaking
While I agree with other reviews that it is sturdy and pretty good sized, when we inserted the metal rods it was not "square" - was somewhat twisted. Things that are visibly off-angle have always annoyed me. Not sure how there could be any room for error on our part since the pockets for the rods are very tight fitting.
December 26, 2012
I love the quallity of this product it's just like the signature tote bag BUT
I had to return it. The rods to insert to give it support were about an inch too long. otherwise i would have kept it.
September 17, 2012
I love this hamper. It is strong & sturdy.
The hamper is thick good quality fabric. Which makes it strong & sturdy.
September 15, 2012