I was excited to get this cute shelf for my daughter's room, but was quickly disappointed in the shelf color. They are not white as stated. They are a definite shade of vanilla. So not only will I need to spend the time and money to repaint them, but I am not very happy with the price I paid for the shelf and the value I got. These are only worth half the price at best, in my opinion. My other observation while assembling is that this shelf doesn't really seem suitable for a child's room. I have the feeling my children will ultimately attempt to climb the "ladder", and I worry that the anchors are not going to hold. I also regret buying this since it is not safe without anchoring it to the wall, so it doesn't offer any flexibility in rearranging the room. I have to be SURE about where I want to put this shelf before we anchor it to the wall. We are at the point right now where my daughter will be getting a twin bed or possibly bunkbeds very soon since she is outgrowing her toddler bed, so the layout of her room will change. I sort of have to wait until we reach that point before we attach this shelf to the wall. I wish I would have bought something more mobile.