Been looking for a Tiered Ladder Shelf for a while. I always check overstock before I buy anything. I got this on sale. The shelf has 4 rails, 2 of them fit together to make side rail. When put together it bungles a little bit. Easy Fix. Hubby placed 2 flat metal brackets to give more support. Placed 3 whitewood stud cut to size of shelf to help strengthen middle of shelf. Wood craftmansship of shelf has no defects.
The fittings are badly made, took forever to put them together because the screws and nuts are too loose. It is a nightmare, and we bought 3, imagine the pain and frustrations. Make one missed Ikea's precision in manufacturing. On the bright side, the wood quality is not too bad. When we finally succeed in putting them together after lots of curse and swear, it does looks like what in the picture.
This shelf looks great in my den. All of the pieces fit appropriately, the finish was as pictured, and none of the pieces were scratched. It took me 2 hours to assemble, taking my time, gluing the pegs in for extra stability. I have pictures and decorative items on the uppers shelves and heavier books, files gadgets on the lower shelves. The finish is just okay, that's why I gave it 4 stars. If you're looking for attractive and inexpensive shelves this might be what you are looking for.