This Myra Bookcase has a weathered and timeworn patina allowing traces of natural wood and original colors to show through. The frame is made of black sand metal with each shelf providing storage for books, magazines and other decorative accoutrements....more
This Myra Bookcase has a weathered and timeworn patina allowing traces of natural wood and original colors to show through. The frame is made of black sand metal with each shelf providing storage for books, magazines and other decorative accoutrements.
Materials: Poplar wood/black sand metal
Number of shelves: Five (5)
Dimensions: 72 inches high x 40 inches wide x 18 inches deep
90 day Limited Manufacturer
Furniture Frame Material
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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.
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.
I was quite pleased with the overall look of these shelves--they were an affordable option in my hunt for industrial chic pieces for our family room. They were easy to put together and look even better in person than on the site! However, as bookshelves, I quickly realized they are quite inefficient. With no back or sides, books fall over and slide around without bookends or creative vertical and horizontal arrangement. Each shelf is also too deep and too high for even large books, wasting quite a lot of space.
Notches are cut in each shelf allowing the metal posts to fit snuggly and unfortunately they arrived with many of the notched ends broken off or cracked. I realize the joints of those tiny bits of wood are unavoidably weak but extra care should have been taken to protect them in shipment. If I had purchased the shelves from a retail store in my area, I would have exchanged them for new pieces. But the hassle was too great for this order, so we opted to clamp and glue.
Overall, I do not regret this purchase and love the look! After quickly realizing how difficult it is to get books to stand upright alone and how much space is wasted, I plan to use them for both books and other decorative supporting pieces. If you are looking to furnish a library, I would not recommend these, but for a great affordable industrial chic look, they're a great buy.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Pretty close, though the finish on the shelves seemed richer in person
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Satisfactory
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
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.
What is the width of the unit from inside the metal supports? To clarify, not the overall width, but the internal width of the unit between the supports. Thanks!myles08 on Nov 27, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello myles08, Inside the metal supports, the width of the shelves is about 36 inches. Thank you for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 29, 2013
What is the height between the shelves? Trying to determine what the tallest item I could store on a shelf. Thanks!diyaustin on Nov 19, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello diyaustin, The shelf height is 16 inches. Thank you for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 21, 2013
I have two questions. 1) How much does this unit weigh and 2) how much weight can it hold - either per shelf or the unit as a whole? Thank you!westwood1 on Jan 9, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
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