I bought this in the hopes that it would mimic a bookcase sold in a popular home catalog for 3-4x the price. It is the perfect depth, height and size for the space, and its dimensions are almost exactly what the other, more highly priced bookcase is. The quality however is not. These shelves are like a hard plastic with a stamped wood pattern into them, whereas the real bookcase shelves are like reclaimed wood. The metal on this is very dark, almost a charcoal steel, whereas the expensive version has lighter pewter colored metal. This one was very simple to put together, although the box it arrived in weighed a ton, so i had to take it upstairs piece by piece. Its fine for the price and I'm keeping it, however its in my front living room and can be seen by all entering the home, so I wish it looked more high end. Its a marginal foreign copy of a nice, more expensive piece. If its in a non-important location, its fine for the price. I would have preferred, with 20/20 hindsight, spending the extra money for the real version.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? mostly true
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. marginal, but priced accordingly
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? reasonably accurate
After reading the other reviews, I was a bit hesitant in ordering this bookcase but, having had great success with previous oders from O.com, decided to chance it. Am so glad that I did! I had been comparing this one to similar items on two other high-end sites and the difference in the item price and shipping cost could not be passed up. When the bookcase arrived, assembly was a breeze (the hardest part was getting the bookcase into it's upright position, because it is heavy). Now I have it in my kitchen for additional shelf and storage space and it adds an expensive and trendy industrial look, which is what I was going for. Had I purchased this bookcase from store X or Y, I would have paid 2-3 times the amount plus $95+ for shipping.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? pretty accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. This is a very heavy bookcase and built to last forever.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very accurate.
Great shelving at a wonderful price. Heavy pieces but once laid out, fairly easy to assemble. Bottom shelf is NOT marked so look closely at each shelf BEFORE assembling as bottom shelf has small screw holes in each side piece where leg/wheels fit in. I assembled upside down but requires two people to tip and then lift to upright. Might want to "air out" shelves in a garage or outside for a few hours or a day before putting in house as they do have a chemical smell.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
I had been admiring shelves on another well-know furnishings site, but they were way over my budget. So I was thrilled to find these on O for less than a third of the price. They were easy to assemble, although very heavy - definitely need two people. They look just as pictured - although the measurement of width was off by over 8". Overall the pieces look very much as pictured. However I ordered two shelves, and one unit has much lighter colored shelves. The shelves are rougher and it seems like they were just not finished with a topcoat. The other unit has one shelf that is also much lighter, but I figured that when they have pieces on them it will not be an issue. All in all for the price I consider them a great find.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good, but measurement of width is wrong by 8 inches. These pieces are 40" wide, not 48"
I love the look of the shelves, and the size, but I wish we had not bought them because of the smell. Judging from the smell, they may need 6 months of off gas before we can use them. The design was a nice idea, but could have been implemented a little better.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? same
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. The quality was okay. One of the four shelves we ordered came with a piece welded on backwards, thus making the shelves crooked. The shelves were also coated with a very chemical smelling substance. Since my daughter has chemical sensitivities we have had to air out the shelves since we got them. The smell is STILL not gone and we received them over a month ago. Not sure what we are going to do. The wheels don't work really, so I am afraid they will scratch my floors.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very accurate
I looked at this bookcase for a while and I bought it for my son's room. It arrived in a really heavy box and I had to wait for my husband to get home to drag it inside. The box was really, really dirty and banged up but the bookcase was undamaged. It took me a maximum of 1/2 hour to put the bookcase together, it is really heavy though and I did need help to flip it the right way up. The corner poles come in 5 pieces, each with a long screw sticking out of the end which you screw into the next piece (and shelf). It does not have 4 continuous poles on each corner, hope that makes sense? I asked Overstock before I purchased this item what the shelves were made out of- they are mdf, with a distressed veneer and a metal surround/frame. You only need a screw driver right at the end to secure the wheels. The wheels are functional and we used them to get the bookcase in the correct position in the room. I'm really happy with the bookcase and the quality especially for the price. The item arrived very quickly too.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The metal is black, the wood is grey with a paint effect
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. it's ok
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
If you're thinking that you are getting a "greige" look of cerused oak with a pewter tone metal, think again. It's black metal with a slight antiquing and a wood-like substance that has a "blackwash" over chocolate brown . Assembly was straightforward, but the box weighs 70 lbs. The finished piece is very heavy as well. I'm using it to hold toy baskets in a family room with a river rock fireplace and craftsman vibe, so it's fine. It's industrial, but not like a European antique. More like something made in China, which it is. It's OK for the price. I'd never pay the outrageous prices that other retailers charge for "industrial" furnishings. If I'm paying $1700 to $3000 for a bookshelf, I'd wouldn't buy a trendy reclaimed/industrial piece.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Completely different. It looks like black powder coated steel with an applied brown "antique" on the metal; black wash over brown then distressed on the "wood"
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Get what you pay for. It's pretty cheap, but so is the price.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Somewhat accurate, but color is way off.
Whoever thought this looked 'plastic,' as one or person reviewed, doesn't understand this type of furniture or look. This bookshelf is beautifully executed and would cost much, much more in a high-end furniture store and 5X's more in a decorator showroom. Love, love, love this bookshelf. Just the funk I needed to take the cool edge off my more streamlined modernist furniture.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent. Very heavy and solid.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Perfect. Size was correct. Finish and color as described. Warm barnwood grays in the shelves and a dull black frame that looks like painted-over-rust bumpy texture.
I ordered this bookcase last week and received what is clearly a bookcase that has been purchased, returned and resold without inspection. About 80% of the box my bookcase arrived in was beaten up: dented, tape coming off, pieces of styrofoam falling out of it and holes all over. Inside the box, the item had clearly shifted consistently throughout transit because all pieces of the styrofoam that are supposed to protect and keep the pieces still were broken and falling apart. The bookcase shelves were not tightly packed and were thrown on top of broken boxes containing the rest of the bookcase pieces. There are supposed to be 20 legs for 6 shelves, but my bookcase only arrived with 16. And the inside screw part of one of the legs I DID receive is stripped so badly that neither another leg nor one of the feet will screw into it. Eleven of the legs and all four of the feet have indentations in the finish where someone clearly tried to screw the pieces together previously. There are scratches in the finish throughout a number of the parts and the screw part of one of the feet was also bent so badly it won't screw into any of the legs, which makes it impossible to put this piece together. Surprisingly, the shelves were not damaged, but intact shelves are useless without legs to hold them together or feet to hold up the bookcase! Finally, the inside of the box was so disheveled that the assembly instructions were torn to shreds. The only part I could decipher was the list of parts that are supposed to included for assembly. I searched online for instructions, but could not find them anywhere so I did my best to figure out basic assembly, but have no idea where the screws/washers should go. It is clear by the shoddy packaging that this bookcase must have been re-wrapped in its original packaging, sent back to Overstock and then shipped out to me without any inspection whatsoever. That's the only explanation that makes sense for how beaten up the box and internal contents are, as well as for why screws would be stripped, why there would be scratches on a number of pieces and why I would be missing some of the pieces I need to put this bookcase together. The box is so badly beaten up that I have no idea how I am going to get the parts put back in the box to send back. I ordered the coffee table and side table to match this bookcase, but given the nightmare I've just endured trying to put this bookcase together with used parts and missing pieces, I am afraid to even open the other boxes.
I got the whole set of Renate tables for my living room. This one is great and fit set well. Its a little bigger than I'd like but i can adjust the height down by removing sections. Its sturdy, very heavy, and super easy to build. The pipes don't look perfectly straight which is the only reason i wouldnt give is a 5-star rating but I'm very happy with the purchase and can prob work on straightening out all the pipes if i really wanted to spend the time on it.
For the money, this is fine. Delivery was super fast. Other reviews I read were pretty spot on. I bought this unit about 6 months ago. It did have a strong chemical smell for the first couple weeks - I would NOT recommend this where there is no ventilation. I kept the window open round the clock for a week or so and it still took weeks for the smell to dissipate. No smell at all now though. It is very sturdy/solid once assembled, and the shelf spacing is roomy enough for file boxes or tall books. Again, as another reviewer commented, the shelves are synthetic something, I like the brown/blue/grey tones, but it really does not look like wood. Other than this, it is pretty much as advertised.
This unit looks as good in person as I had hoped. Industrial look which suited my kitchen with slate tile flooring. I had to mix and match the pieces a little to make it look straight, as each piece between the shelves screws into to shelves above and below. The finished product was great for the price and I intend to get another Renate piece or two to compliment it.
If you are looking for a unique industrial look, look no further. This bookcase is a heavy solid piece. The distressed metal and reclaimed wood really make this piece. I put this together myself but I should have waited for help from my husband. It is not difficult to put together but it is very heavy.