I saw my first book tower in a retail store in black, and knew it was just what I needed, but it seemed very pricey. On checking Overstock I saw the same idea, but in silver grey instead of black, and at just over half the price. Now that I have it I realize that the color barely shows, and makes no difference. It was delivered in near record time. I assembled it myself, and it was quite easy, even though I had read a review that said it was difficult. Believe me, it's easy. I am very happy with the purchase and the transaction.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Picture was very accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Quality was excellent, heavy, well balanced, sturdy
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Description of product was absolutely accurate
I have been looking to get the vertical book shelf offered by stores such as DWR and Chiasso, but the cost + shipping surcharge was too much, in my opinion. I saw this version on Overstock recently and after reading the reviews, I ordered it immediately. Bottom line: It is a good quality product, but it lacks the same design aesthetic as the other offerings. It is not glossy powder-coated steel. Rather, it is textured steel with a light gray color. It also appears slightly more boxy and bulky as far as the footprint, which is larger. It only comes in one height; I would have preferred another 12-18 inches. Even so, it's a great buy for the price and $2.95 shipping, and once you cover it up with books, it mostly disappears.
I always wanted one of these to store those "look at books" that we usually put on the coffee table, but the towers that I saw were always too expensive for my budget. It takes up so little floor space and stores so many books. I was a little concerned when I saw the five-pound per shelf limit but the heaviest books are on the base and everything is fine. It was easy to assemble and my friends rave over the "book sculpture" in the living room.
I own a number of spine-style shelves, but all my existing ones are Sapien Bookcases. I assumed these would be similar, and they are; however, the quality is not as good. The edges and welds are a bit thrown-together seeming, and the fact that the shelves must be screwed on instead of just lifted in like the Sapien style is a bit annoying. This makes it harder to remove or add shelves as needed. Also, the distance between shelves is less useful on this model; the Sapien shelves are wider apart and fit a good quantity of books. On these, I had to leave some of the shelves off to make room for larger stacks. I'm not a metallurgist, but the finish on these seems almost sprayed on, and sort of chintzy in a way that is hard to qualify. Also, instead of nice embedded rubber feet on the large base, these just come with adhesive pads. Not terrible, but I would actually recommend paying just a bit more for better bookcases of this style.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Fine
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Decent quality, slightly shoddier than expected
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate enough
I have been eyeing these spine bookcases all over the Internet. Many companys and manufacturers offer them in a ton of price ranges, most of them at least 60 to 80 dollars more than here. I bought this and placed it in my bedroom. I am very satisfied. It took my husband about 8 minutes to assemble and he had no problems whatsoever. All pieces were completely straight and perfect. The shelf holds a lot of books for the small footprint size. I would recommend this to my friends, that is if they don't already die wanting one when they see it. It's so much better than those cheap compressed pieces.
Love it! Make sure you understand how tall it is. As another reviewer mentioned it's a little shorter than I anticipated but once filled with books it looks amazing. All my guests are perplexed and intrigued by this unique book shelf. I bought one but plan on buying another to create two seemingly precarious towers of books aside my sofa. Great price for such a distinct piece.
I have another spine bookshelf from a different company that's a slightly different style, and they complement each other nicely. I actually prefer this one to the other one, which was more expensive and "high end". Easy to put together and very stable.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Good
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
this book tower is built to last!! it is sturdier than the more expensive ones i bought elsewhere. the color/finish "is what it is"- so i sprayed it with Rustoleums' metal paint to match other furnishings. 2 years later it looks and works great.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. very sturdy
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
We love it, we love it, we love it! We saw the same type of shelving from a sales catalog for about 50 dollars more. Though the color is grey and not orange like the other one we saw, by the time we placed the books on the shelves the room looked instantaneously warmer from the books on display. The slender vertical configuration is perfect if you only have a small space but need to store lots of books. If you place the bigger books at the bottom it will lend a nice, balanced look. Assemblage was very quick and easy, but you will need two people.
This item is as pictured, I just wish I had bought something else. I use it for towels in my contemporary bathroom. I roll up the towels and stuff them between the shelves. I don't think this items would work very well for books, as it is just not that sturdy.
It is a space saver but I can't use the top shelf for books because it is missing a screw to secure it. Overall I am enjoying the book case
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? color is as expected
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. there is a screw for one of the shelves missing
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
I was excited to see an affordable version of the Sapine bookcase. After assembling the tower and adding books and dvd cases, I will be purchasing more in the future. I would be so happy if the vendor made other colors! So here are my two cents. 1) The item was well packaged, all holes and screws fell into place, no warping. Comes with a small allen wrench which is all you will need to assemble. 2) Assembly was very easy. Something you could do while watching tv with the family and be done in 10-20 minutes. Most of the time is spent tightening screws. 3) The finish is not luxurious, I would prefer a laqcuer, but I understand I would have to pay a premium for that. I am stuffing this tower so that it looks like a giant stack of books, so the only place the finish shows is at the base. 4) Stability. I have a good amount of large, hardcover books, they seem to be holding up well. The spine is not bending. I made sure to put the heaviest books on the bottom shelves. Again, the original I am sure is stronger, but for the price, this is a good piece. 5) It holds a lot of books in a small footprint. 6) Removing shelves does involve some unscrewing, but I am using all the shelves now. So this is not an issue for me. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase and just hope I can get it in more colors, but will settle for the silver if that never happens.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good quality for price
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
I purchased this after seeing a similar product at CB2. The quality of this product not equal to that of CB2, but it looks great and does the job. However for the *** saved if I could do it over I'd by the Tower Bookshelf from CB2.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Spot on
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Not as sturdy as I had hope
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Pretty Accurate
I had a similar set of shelves from CB2. These are not as well made, however, the price makes it such a great value. My original order came with the vertical support damaged. I contacted overstock, submitted a photo, and within a few days had a new support. Great follow through.
I don't mind the finish and I don't think it looks cheap. Reminds me of a cast iron texture. It was very simple to put together and the tool was included. It took me about 15-20 minutes from open to finish and most of that time was spent unwrapping it and tightening screws. My biggest issue is that it doesn't seem very sturdy at all. It claims to hold 9lbs per shelf but when I set a single moderate weight book or large book (that is less than 9lbs) on a shelf, it bends and buckles. Surely if it is straining under the weight brand new, it will cause the shelves to give even more over time. If you have paperbacks, lighter hardbacks or magazines you will likely be ok. But I am a student and if it says 9lbs, I expect it to hold at least 7 or 8 lbs per shelf without bending. I am disappointed. I was looking for functionality just as much as aesthetic.