This bookcase was pretty simple to put together (~15 mins for a handyman watching TV simultaneously) and looks great. Excellent color - matches the picture very well. The wood has a nice, solid, "real" feel to it. And the unit itself is very sturdy when up against the wall.
Things to note: At the top of the unit (where the two legs lean against the wall) you are supposed to attach two white nylon ribbons - the purpose is to attach one end to a leg, and then the other to the wall. This is a smart idea, but only necessary if you have small children who might pull/climb on the unit. When leaning against the all, particularly with the shelves full, the unit is solid and sturdy.
The shelves get progressively "shallower" as you move up the unit - the shelf at the top is only about half as deep as the shelf at the bottom. Keep that in mind as you consider what will go on this. Putting books on the bottom (too deep) or top (too shallow) shelves won't look right - the bottom will have too much wood shown between the edge of the shelf and the books, and using the top shelf will result in books sticking out over the edge.
So long as you have the ability to stock the shelves with a variety of items, I'm sure it will fit into your room just as well as it fits in mine...for reference, my shelves contain (starting at the bottom):
1. Wireless printer
2. Excess DVDs and travel keepsakes
I bought these, because of the style I was looking for. When they came, they were a bit battered. Like they were tossed around. A bit of a furniture pen will fix the scratches, not enough to return them. However, one shelf, the lip was completely off, like it had been attached 3 inches off from where it was supposed to be. My father in law, actually took it apart, and wood glued it and set it with a clamp. A lot more work than I was looking for. Though the rest of the assembly was easy.Also, it says "Walnut" which would match the other pieces of furniture in my living room. These shelves look cherry next to the other pieces. They are a lot more red than the picture indicates.
I bought this piece to tidy up my room, and it served its purpose great collecting the few picture frames I have and the mail holder. The shelves increase in width as you go lower so the bottom shelf is actually pretty spacious. It took me a while to assemble it myself though, since I tried to do everything on my own (the manual says you need two people).
Pros: nice looking, practical, light weight.
Cons: it is divided into two main pieces that you put on top of each other, and the part where the two pieces connect is kind of obvious. Also, when you put it on the wall, the two arms can leave marks on your wall where the shelves lean.
Overall a very good purchase, and I am happy with it.
I actually enjoy some assembly projects, but when I opened up the package and saw the small container of glue, my heart sank. The shelf is poorly designed, and the instructions are incomplete and confusing, so assembly was a nightmare. The materials are poor quality - the shelves themselves are soft plywood covered in some material to make them look like walnut, and the so-called "phillips screws" got stripped within 30 seconds of trying to screw them in. A lot of the dowels and screws did not fit correctly. About four hours later I finally got the shelf assembled, and it's shaky though I tightened all the screws. I am not sure what we can put on the shelf without it falling over. I really do not recommend purchasing this. We bought two and I'm considering returning the second one.
How is the quality of the product? Poorly designed and unstable
What are the dimensions of the boxes that this product is shipped in?stodola1 on May 15, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hi stodola1, thank you for your inquiry. The dimensions are Height: 49 Width: 17 Length: 5. Thanks for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on May 15, 2013
How high is the top shelf off the floor? I have a wall thermostat at 56"-59" off the floor and would like to fit it between the shelves.esparks02 on May 14, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hi esparks02, thank you for your inquiry. The distance from the floor to the first (top) shelf on this item is about 60-1/4 inches. overstockcustomercare1 on May 15, 2013
The wood is sealed, so I think it would be fine in a steamy, but not wet, location.jayinfl on Apr 27, 2013
No, I would not recommend it.
no , not recommended.deborahbi on Apr 30, 2013
The Walnut tearbookcase item number11977035 Doyhey have itt in black, Thanks KATHYjmahunga on Feb 3, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Yes i attached the link below for the black one. Please let me know if you have any further question.
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Five-tier-Antique-Black-Ladder-Shelf/2041992/product.htmloverstockcustomercare1 on Feb 6, 2013
I would not put heavy books on it. Maybe a few hardbacks on each one, but not all the way across.katinfl on Mar 29, 2013
I agree with katinfl - not for books all the way across. I did small vertical stacks (3-4 paperbacks, or two hardbacks) of books on each shelf instead. Otherwise, I'd want to anchor the shelf to the wall...which is a custom job you'd have to do on your own since it comes with no anchoring system.ndpayomo on May 18, 2013
Thank you for your interest. The dimension for the top shelf is 6.5 inches wide x 17 inches deep. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 23, 2012
What are the dimensions of the shipping box(es)? on Jul 9, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The description indicates "walnut" color; however, the picture is a dark brown/espresso. Please tell me if the color is walnut or espresso.toipoole on Jun 24, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question