Grey Clothes Closet
Plastic supports break
I purchased this garment rack 9 months ago for extra hanging space in a new apartment that had small closets. I was surprised by how expensive garment racks were, so I opted for this one based on the price and the fact that it was covered. I planned to use it for out-of-season clothes. I don't recall it being difficult to assemble, but I was disappointed that the top is supported only by a piece of cardboard to make the fabric cover stay flat. The supports for the hanging rod are curved, and they do not support the cover top or the cardboard. Hence, if you put anything (even extremely light things) on top of the covered rack, the cardboard will sag and look bad). But that wasn't a big deal, and the rack worked well until last week.
We put our winter sweaters and some blazers (no heavy outer coats) on the rack in April. The rack was full, but not stuffed. When we came home from a two-week vacation last weekend (mid-June), the hanging rod was tilted down and the plastic support on the right was totally deformed (see photo). The left plastic support was bending slightly, but not like the right one. There didn't seem to be a weight limit in the Container Store description, and I don't remember if there was one noted on the box or in the instructions that came with the rack.
In any case, I am disappointed that it broke and wanted to warn others to only get this if you will use it for lighter items. I should have known that you can't get a good garment rack with a cover for $50.
June 18, 2014
Usefull Extra Clothes Closet
I have a few of these already which I had bought in the store. I ordered this online and noticed when I put together it was harder than the other ones and one of the seams ripped. It was also missing a part to make the casters stay secured. I called and they offered to send a replacement one free of charge right away. I can keep this one as well. That is what I call good customer service.
June 16, 2014
Decades ago I owned several of a similar type of closet (blue & a bit larger) but made by a different manufacturer. Those closets lasted for years (at least 1 decade) but eventually wore out, having taken a beating from many, seasonal clothing change. I searched for years but never quite found the right quality or style [I truly *am* the kiss of death to anything worth buying...] . I was thrilled to find these at the Container Store. Having had experience assenbling these types of "closets" I know to be very careful. I bought two of these and like the others have said mine tore in the same spot - at the bottom end of the zipper. I tried to repair the small tear but it's impossible - the rip climbs up the the length of the zipper each time it's moved and unzipped. Very disappointing. I checked that I'd "recommend to a friend " (I'm evil) only because they are sturdy, constructed from synthetic materials makes it water resistant and also less attractive to insects than the natural cloth type. They are also one-person assembly-able, if necessary.
June 13, 2014
Sturdy Clothes Closet
I was looking for a clothing rack for my husband's suits, my semi-formal dresses, and other items that we needed to get out of our guest room closet before it became a baby's closet (organized by ELFA). I didn't want to spend a lot of money, since it was going to be kept in our storage unit, but wanted something that was sturdy and wasn't going to fall over.
So far, this has been a great purchase and has been not only storing our clothes, but has been protecting them from the elements of a non-climate-controlled storage unit. It is sturdy and was fairly easy to put together. As another reviewer mentioned, getting the outside case over the poles was a bit of a struggle and I did end up ripping the outside a bit, but it is nothing major. I built it on my own without a problem and I was 8 months pregnant at the time. I'm sure if I had asked for help I wouldn't have had a problem with it ripping. We are very happy with our purchase and it is serving our need well!
June 5, 2014