I bought these two 5-shelf bookshelves and the matching TV stand. I wanted an entire wall of rustic looking shelves for my newly remodeled living room but since rustic is the trend these days, rustic shelves have very expensive price tags ($1000 each isn't uncommon). At one point, I thought I would have to construct some shelves myself using reclaimed wood and iron plumbing pipe but luckily I came across these on Overstock. I had purchased the coffee table that is in this same collection and was very happy with it so decided to give these a go. The shelves are heavy wood and look like reclaimed barn wood (I don't think they really are but they certainly look like it). The top and bottom shelves are fixed with screws and the middle three have notches that allow them to just sit on the shelf rungs. The shelves are heavy so I don't see them going anywhere. The shelves are not adjustable. The placement you see in the picture is the only configuration possible. Also, one of the shelves was not completely straight so it rocks on the unit (like your dinner table does when one of the legs is longer than the others). I fixed it by putting a small shim under the shelf in one corner. Only one shelf out of ten did this and I don't think it's the norm. I also recommend that you attach this to the wall to prevent tipping. The shelf is heavy when it is put together and if it tipped over on a climbing child, it could really hurt him or her. The hardware to attach it to the wall t is included with the shelf. The wood is darker than is shown in the picture. It's actually a very dark brown. I have the feeling that the light the photographer used makes the wood look lighter than it is. The wood is also rough and not smooth (which is the rustic look I was after). One of the things I'm not that keen on is the metal support legs. They're not really heavy metal - they feel like aluminum with a powder-coated black matte finish. However, they do look good and are strong enough to support the shelves so I'll go with it. The other problem area were the X supports on the back of the shelf. You absolutely do need these because the shelves are ultra wobbly without them. However, the two supports cross each other in the back and you are supposed to screw the two together in the middle of the "X". The problem is that the manufacturer only gives you a screw to do this and no nut to put on the screw so the two supports don't stay together even with the screw. I had to dig a nut out of my own collection and use that on the screw. Otherwise, the two supports come apart. It doesn't effect the support of the shelf at all; it just looks untidy. The middle part where you screw them together is hidden behind the middle shelf so you won't see it.
Such a great sturdy piece of furniture. Super easy to put together. Only complaint was 2 pieces had chipped/broken off around the iron support rods. I just glued them back with gorilla glue and you can't even tell. Very happy with the purchase.
Love the rustic look of these shelves. Everything arrived in perfect condition, shelves are thick and solid. No breakage at the corners as several other reviews stated. My husband was very happy at how quickly and easily he was able to put them together (he usually gets very frustrated with things I buy that have to be assembled). I love the space between shelves. I have our granddaughters toys in bins on the bottom 2 shelves which keeps them out of site between their visits. My projects are in bins on the upper shelves and there is still plenty of room for decorative items as well.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Exactly as stated. The rustic look is a perfect fit for our home.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Solidly built, heavy duty. Can hold a lot of weight. Recommend securing to the wall.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Exactly as described.
This is one great looking piece. I wasn't prepared for how great it would be. I felt like we got a big bang for our buck! O comes through AGAIN
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Almost exactly
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great quality and GREAT look
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very
The bookshelf looks great albeit the legs are clearly not rustic or industrial. The wood shelves fit perfectly and it was a breeze to put together on my own in about twenty minutes - ten minutes of that time was dedicated to removing it from the enormous box and separating it from the packing material. It was missing one screw but I improvised from what I had in my tool chest.
I am using this bookcase to hold approximately 800 albums. The shelves do not sag, it is very attractive, and super easy to assemble. Have bought two other products in the same line of furniture and they are the same. Really good quality and great price.
When the massive box arrived I was terrified. But no fear- it was mostly protective packaging & was in perfect condition. All the hardware, instructions & pieces were intact & I knocked this baby together in under 10 minutes. If you are looking for an attractive, affordable bookcase - you have found it!
Ordered this bookshelf unit in spite of reviews that mentioned problems with notched shelves. Unfortunately, unit arrived with bottom shelf notch broken off. In addition, this same shelf was split from outer edge approximately 8" toward the center of the shelf - a manufacturing flaw, since shelves are comprised of rough-hewn planks that are glued together. In the case of the bottom shelf, the planks were so bowed and misshapen that the glue could not/did not hold them together. E-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org produced a "we've forwarded your inquiry to our parts department" reply several days later. Waited a week with no response from the elusive parts folks before sending a second request to the "info" folks. Received the exact same response several days later from "info". "Parts" folks remain silent. In the meantime, I have a product that cannot be assembled or used. Because the bottom shelf serves as a significant structural component of the unit, I wouldn't even consider an attempt to repair myself to render bookshelf usable. I've been an enthusiastic and frequent Overstock customer for multiple years and this is the first order that has been problematic. I'm underwhelmed with customer service.
We ordered this to store various items in our kids "play" room. It arrived damaged and was unusable. Looking at the construction, I can't believe that more than about half of these arrived undamaged. On top of that, it really is quite ugly (IMHO), with sort of fake weathered looked wood finish.
I love the industrial look of this bookshelf, but I am not using it as a bookshelf. I wanted to used it in my dining room for display of Pots and Pans and Small appliances such as Silver Bread Machine, Vitamix, Dishes, Plants, Cookbooks, etc. Looks sensational. Highly recommend to all. It really holds a lot and did exactly what I wanted by extending my kitchen into my dining room. Wish I could add a picture!
I was concerned about purchasing this particular one because of all the comments about how "rustic" it is, and we have a modern home. I went for it anyway, and it fits in beautifully with everything modern as well because of the very simple lines and open shelving. Love the heft of this too -- great quality. Took us maybe 15 minutes to put together. Great purchase!
Happy with the appearance, installation was easy on the first, complicated on the second unit. The top of the boards have a distressed look to them, the bottom of each board does not. Not a big deal but worth mention for those who care. I found the finish on bottom of the boards to look fine for the purpose. Should you receive the right pieces: When assembling, you will need to use a little pressure when screwing in the last leg of the the cross bars. Nothing to worry about as it flexes out a little, but not to bad. Nothing to it and the instructions are a step above ikea. (The wood finish is miles ahead of Ikea!) Our second unit did not come with a board marked "D". This is the bottom board, and is no different then the middle boards with the exception of some very important pilot holes. One board was unmarked (the "D" board by process of elimination). Because the boards do not fit snug to the frame (this is by design/not a bad thing) the installer is reliant on the pilot holes to ensure the board sits properly centered / flush with the frame. I believe I lined everything up, but find that when putting the units side by side, the bottom and top boards do not line up with the adjacent unit. Be aware of this if you are planning on putting multiple units side by side.
This unit looks awesome, and I was especially happy when I was able to put it together after receiving two broken shelves. I called overstock and they took my concern quickly, however manufacture took almost two weeks to send new pieces. It was easy to assemble and I love it.
After receiving my first book shelf I fell in love with these and ordered three more for my home. They are beautiful and great quality for the price.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Good
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Sturdy
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
Just got two of these shelves and LOVE THEM. They were incredibly easy to assemble, the wood is solid and heavy. The metal is NOT as heavy as it looks, which actually is a good thing in my opinion or else the unit would be too heavy. They could get bent if you were very rough with the piece. Great rustic finish to the wood as well. One thing to note when you are assembling the metal pieces is that the X wires attach into small holes drilled into the black metal pieces... make sure you have those holes facing out the back of the piece so that you can attach the X wires to them. Didn't do that on the first one and had to backtrack and reassemble. Can easily assemble these right out of the box in 20 mins or maybe even less. The biggest thing I did not like about this piece is that there was a VERY strong smell of varnish or lacquer to the wood when it came out of the box, and it took a good 4-5 days before that smell dissipated. It did go away, but it REALLY was strong initially. FYI. However, now the smell is gone and it was totally worth it! I would purchase these again.
We really like the bookcase, but we had to glue a few pieces back on it before we assembled it. I'm not sure whether it was the packaging or the handling, but the little pieces on the corners of the shelves broke off. Once we glued them back they looked great.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The color of the wood looks a bit lighter in the picture than reality
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. It is very nice looking and seems sturdy
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate
We were pleasantly surprised with these shelves. Sturdy and attractive. So pleased that we purchased the 3 piece desk set and the side table to match. Gives our library a nice casual industrial feel and proved ample space for books and decorative items. Great purchase!