I had no idea how amazingly gorgeous and sturdy MDF and particleboard could actually be until I placed all my big and heavy books in this bookcase. I am, in a word, stunned. The craftsmanship of this piece is obviously world-class. The offset shelf dividers creates an interesting spatial energy within the bookcase itself that then permeates throughout my entire living space, even into the kitchen, because before I cook dinner, I usually grab one of my cookbooks from this shelf, and thatís when I remember how amazing this shelf is.
I was completely pleased with the bookshelf. It arrived on time, in one (heavy) box. Everything was well organized and relatively easy to put together. One note, screwing in the bolts is tricky in some cases due to odd angles.
The piece looks great in my house. The color and quality are consistent with the product description. I am considering ordering the smaller shelf of this style as well to add.
I would highly recommend.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color was exactly what I expected from the photos online. Nice, deep brown.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. The product is solid and feels like a high quality piece.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate.
I purchased the president writing desk along with the bookcase, they match perfectly. It seems that the manufacturer is the same for both. Together they make a nice set for any home office. You will definitely need a rubber mallet to put together. My only complaint is that the bookcase does not come with hardware to mount to the wall. The construction is sturdy, however if the bookcase were to fall over it could do some serious damage as it is made out of solid wood.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Well, the color is "havana brown." It is not a dark espresso, it is a little bit lighter.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great sturdy construction.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
My brother works in the furniture industry and when I bought a condo, he warned me about the perils of engineered wood. Certainly the items I saw at IKEA were a testament to the poor quality of these manmade woods, but I loved this book shelf so much I bought it anyway. My brother is coming to visit next week and I can't wait to see what he has to say, hehe :)
This is a really nice bookcase. I was hesitant to spend what I consider alot for a bookcase, online. BUT it is really really nice. It took about an hour to put it together. Could have been faster, I just took my time. The piece looks expensive, nice color and is sturdy. I am not sure if the wood is solid or veneer, either way, it feels and looks solid.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Exactly like picture
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Really good, looks expensive, solid wood
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Exactly as described
I ordered the 5 shelf Havana bookcase, and they accidentally delivered the 3 shelf bookcase instead. I didn't see it was the wrong bookcase until I unpacked it...and as I was unpacking it I saw that 1 middle shelf and the top shelf were badly damaged during shipping.
I called Customer Service and organized to get the correct bookcase. They did not ask me to ship the damaged, incorrect bookcase back, so it was still in my garage when the correct bookcase was shipped 5 days later. And a good thing, too! The second delivery was also damaged in shipping! However, I was able to use 2 shelves from the original shipment to replace damaged shelves in the new shipment.
Other than the damage (which is caused by the woefully inadequate packaging around the heavy wood elements), I was extremely pleased with the bookcase. Although it is made of MDF (as almost all mass-produced furniture is) it is excellent quality for an MDF product. The holes all line up for easy assembly, the edges are finished well, there are no unsightly gaps, and the veneer is attractive. It is a heavy piece when assembled. I am extremely pleased with it overall.
I would recommend that you purchase this bookcase, and assume that it will arrive damaged. Then call Customer Service and get a new shipment sent. That one will probably be damaged too, but you can piece a full bookcase together from the remnants. The packaging is the fault of the overseas manufacturer (I think it is a Malaysian company). Overstock is probably taking a hit on this product because of the customer complaints about damage!
This product looks amazing on the website, but I was a little disappointed when we got it. It is very deceiving, looks much larger than actually is. Partially my fault, I should have measured the dimensions, I tried to approximate. Very easy to put together (we did it in less than 2 hours). Some scratches on the surfaces but since the wood is so dark, we decided to let go. I have had many other purchases from overstock.com which have left me speechless, this does not make the list. Not bad, dont think it is worth the money though. Overall solid piece.. not bad for a kids book case.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Bang on
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Not perfect
How accurate was the on site description of the product? 90%
These are great shelves that fit perfectly in the space where we needed them! I wish they were about six inches taller, but the measurements are listed on the description and they are accurate. I got 2 of these shelves to finish off our living/dining/play/all-purpose room!!!
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. high quality
How accurate was the on site description of the product? exact
We bought two shelves. The first one we put together took over one hour. There was a hole not drilled and we needed better tools to work with other than the Allen wrench provided. The 2nd shelve too about 20 minutes with better tools and all the holes were drilled correctly. Love the shelves overall
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good quality only issue was one hole was not drilled and it was the first step in the process.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Needed to describe the shelf heights. They are about 11" high
We have a 32" flat screen on top and each shelf is absolutely packed with large-sized books and a collection of coin filled piggy banks. Not a exact answer, but the stability has never been an issue for us! Sturdy unit!mctrk on Mar 9, 2013
I see the top of this bookcase is wider than the body. In the description it says 44 inch wide. Is 44 the width of the body or the width of the top? I need to know because I want to fit it into an enclave in the living room.shoucchan on Oct 30, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
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