I purchased 2 but only got to keep 1 (due to shipping problem then a manufacturer defect the 2nd time). The one that I have is ok. It seems really flimsy and the paint from the shelf comes off on my wall VERY easily! I now have black paint on my grey walls!! I've purchased "leaning shelves" before and they were made of nice wood, a bit larger and all over better quality. I'll end up putting this one in the garage & buying the set that I had previously.
The bottom shelf arrived with a large scratch/scuff. The instructions were not clear and in fact, one of the barrel nuts broke in half during the assembly. Extra pieces were not included. Putting this together was frustrating. If I had it to do over, I wouldn't buy it again.
We had the worst time with this product. The dowel pins were to long. We had to cut some of them to fit. We went to push the two pieces together it cracked the outside because the pins were to long. When we went to push the screws in some of the screws would only catch by one thread then it would strip that screw and it wouldn't go in. I think it is a pretty cheap product for what I paid. I wanted to order another one but no way now after I received this poor product. Very dissatisfied with this item.
I bought 2 of these to flank my entertainment system. They look pretty, but close up they do not line up exactly as the measurements and angle that they lean are not the same. One shelf will not stay flat. But I'm a perfectionist. OK for the price. Had I gotten only one, and did not know the difference, I may have rated higher.
When I ordered this ladder shelf, everyone hated the idea, however when it arrived it added another deminsion to my room. We had to do a little sanding of the wood on two of the mid shelves, they were not smooth and did not shine when polished. But after that fix the unit looks like it cost much more than what I paid for it.
We have had these shelves for about 6 years now and they are still in perfect shape. It has been moved around numerous times and survived 3 kids and 3 cats. That's saying a lot. I know how hard it is to buy furniture these days and have it last more than a year. Just when it seems like nothing lasts anymore you find a wonderful product. This item was one of those for me. I've been through several other bookshelves that have already but the dust that I bought because it was on sale at the local store. I should know better. This ladder shelf has lasted very well and I expect another countless years using it. So, don't think twice, this is a perfect shelf to get for memorabilia or for lots of books.