From the moment that I began assembling this bookcase, I knew that it was horrible quality and unsafe to put things on. It never leaned at the proper angle against the wall and always seemed completely unsteady. Unfortunately, I ignored my intuition and kept trying to support it in different ways to make it more stable. After only a few months of very light use, my kid pulled a book off of the shelf and the cheap dowels cracked, the single leg in the center of the bottom broke in half and the entire bookshelf with all of its contents came tumbling down. On top of him. Thankfully, he managed to not get hurt, just seriously scared, and I learned my lesson to cut my losses rather than try to make cheaply constructed furniture work.
I bought this as an alternative to some higher end/more expensive ladder shelves. It's great for the price and sits nicely on my wall to wall carpets. However it could be a little sturdier. I wouldn't put it on wood or tile floors. So far it's holding some books, picture frames and a paper cutter and I've been okay.
This was nearly impossible to assemble in a way that it would sit correctly against the wall, so it is bent at a weird angle. Overtime, the angle has gotten more and more pronounced. Also, the shelves don't stay horizontal and things tip off them.
The quality is not exceptional, but it is acceptable. It looks good where I placed it, and can hold all that I wanted to put on it. Some books, some decor items, family pics, greenery, etc. It's not furniture store sturdy, but it get's the job done and the appearance is fine.
The finished look is so awesome, I bought two. However, they should have been so easy to put together. They weren't. You need two people to put one together. And then you have to deal with the fact that not all of the pegs fit into the pre-drilled holes. The manufacturers should have included a few extra pegs and end caps. In my shipment, they didn't. It took a long time to finish them. In this instance, I chose style over substance, only putting about 8 - 10 books on a shelf, stacked horizontally. So far no sagging mid shelf. Not sorry I bought them though.