This shelf looks cheap, but it is, so I was not expecting much. I bought it in Oak, and the color looks very old fashioned and something my grandparents would have in their house. It took over 5 hours to put it together for 2 people, and some of the main pieces were either cracked or did not come together right - I did not return it simply to avoid the hassle. If you want a cheap shelf for a couple of years, this will do - if you want a quality piece, keep looking.
I'm not entirely happy with this purchase. The whole unit is made with pressed wood and the veneer is printed paper stuck onto the pressed wood panels and shelves. It has no feet, so the open edges of the pressed wood sits directly on the floor, these edges will deteriorate over time. Finally when originally shipped only half of the needed hardware was in the shipment. I had to call to request the 2nd bag of hardware and wait a week for its arrival.
This bookcase looks great once completed. The workmanship however is not good. I had to be very gentle with the pieces during assembly as the press board is very cheap. Im even afraid to move it. If you've ever had Bush furniture that is the one to go with.
This book shelf is actually 2 separate bookshelves that eventually make 1 large wall unit. It is 6 feet tall, so it definitely required 2 people to assemble and additional mechanisms to ensure it's placement since it stands so tall. It is quite nice looking and a great addition to my living space.
received parts and instructions for a 29" bookcase (Wood parts for a 77" bookcase) after email to Prepak....received some more hardware, but no instructions...after phone call...instructions sent...but not to fit the wood parts I have, still with insufficient hardware....will call again today....(over 2 weeks since ordering the bookcase) and hopefully receive the necesary parts and correct instructions for putting this headache together
this product is wonderful.. i live in a rented small space so i knew it was not going to be an investment piece. if your looking for low price no frills good looking bookshelf this is ideal..i read previous reviews before buying this product and was warned it is not the sturdiest of pieces and i took extra care when assembling it.
The shipment took a while to come, neither UPS nor Overstock was able to commit a date owing to shipping from Canada and the uncertainty of Customs clearance etc. The package arrived in good shape. Assembly instructions were also good. It took me 3 hours to assemble the first bookcase and 2 hours for the second. What I noticed is that the color in the website is more richer than the actual. The assembled piece did not look that Oak rich color that I was hoping for. Also even though the website says wood, I am not sure if all the pieces are wood. Could be, just that I am not sure.
I agree with some of the previous comments and consequently made alterations to the bookcase to make it more rigid. My improvement was adding an additional backing utilizing a sheet of 1/4" masonite. It stiffened the unit significantly and allowed me securely anchor the adjustable shelves so that they would hold more weight.
I purchased not 1 but 3 of these! The best advice I can give mirrors the reviews of others who went before me: READ the directions first (can be confusing). You will switch back and forth between the instructions for the smaller book case and the larger one. Be aware the "top" of the small one is really the "top" of the larger one. The remaining 2 went up very quickly. They don't appear sturdy at first, but once it is all together, it's quite durable. There is a ton of space, which is what I was after, and the color is true to what I saw online. I'm very pleased with this purchase. You will need another person to put it together, though, as it's pretty heavy.
This is a fair (but not exceptional) value for the price. Assembly was easy and took about 1/2 hour. The bookshelf arrived with one small damaged area, but I didn't feel like going through the hassle of returning it, and it doesn't show too badly where I placed it. The shelf looks fine from a distance -- up close it is easy to tell it is composite wood and the workmanship is only fair.If you need a truly high quality, genuine wood bookcase, this is not for you. If you are on a budget, are looking for something that holds books and doesn't look bad from across the room, this may be just the thing. I'm a school principal and it looks OK in my office, but is clearly of lower quality than the other furniture in the room.
I was looking for a tall bookcase to fit into a specific space in my office for a reasonable price and this one fit the bill perfectly. It is very well-made and looks much more expensive than it was. It was very easy to assemble as well. I believe this item was a great value for the price!
My husband said this bookcase was not sturdy (he's actually built bookcases before) but it is sturdier than it looks. I filled 5 of the 6 shelves and it doesn't look like the shelves will ever bow or anything. It looks great and it's a good price. I would recommend it!
They look good, now that they are assembled. However, it was so difficult to assemble that I had to hire someone to do it. It took him 6 housrs to put 3- 6' bookshelves and 1-smaller one together. The value would have been greater, if I did not have to hire someone to put them together. I would have rather purchased a ready made product. But it you are good at assembly, I would recommend it.
Maybe I'm a little more handy than most of the other reviewers, but I felt that the bookcase was easy to put together. It is a little top-heavy, but the bookcase is after all over 6 ft tall. Some of the trim didn't line up exactly and some of the finish was scuffed during shipment. Not so bad that I had to return it though. It still looks good. It adequately serves my purpose at a price much lower than buying one from a name brand retail store.
The Book shelf was worth more then I paid for it by a long shot. Overstock has always gone out of the way to show the community That quality is some times more inporant then quantity. The shelf has improved the looks of my house. Thank You.
Book case was easy to put together, although I had a little trouble getting the top piece square with the bottom piece. Once together, it looks great and stands very sturdlely on only a 12" by 30" base. One has to remember with a tall bookcase, once needs to put the weight on the bottom and not the top as then the bookcase will be too top heavy. Thanks Overstock.com for another great purchase.