I live in an apartment in a city and am without a car--- this has prompted me to start buying less-than-conventionally-purchased-online products such as shelves. I chose this shelf because it had good reviews and is solid wood (as opposed to cheaper particle board). As this was my first online furniture purchase, I was skeptical of the quality of product upon arrival and ease of assembly. I was able to put this shelf together by myself in about 30 minutes and could easily lift and place it (I am a 5'8", 135 lb. female. The shelf is sturdy and can hold several books. It's a very attractive shelf and serves its purpose without overpowering a small apartment with heaviness. The only reason it does not get the fifth star is because it does wobble slightly--and I am sure this is just part of its design/the way I put it together.
This is a beautiful etagere. The color pictured on the website is spot on. It looks way more expensive than the actual cost. I can't say that I am experienced at putting together furniture, but I did attempt this alone while the hubby laughed from his easy chair. i was very frustrated(or so he thought) but he was able to rescue me pretty easily without even looking at the instructions. To my credit, I wasn't trying very hard as I really wanted him to do it anyway. (TeeHee) We had her up and running in no time. Looks great in my home office and holds lots of books and knick knacks. I am reserving the fifth star to see how it holds up over time.
I bought two of these and I have to say, first and foremost, they do look good as a pair. I bought one to hold CDs and the other to hold DVDs. If you are getting them soley for DVDs, I would like to point out that the position of the two fixed shelves only give you four shelves that can hold DVDs and two shelves that are left behind that can hold anything CD size. Together they would have given a fifth DVD shelf but separated they leave you with space to be filled in with something other than DVDs. The one for the CDs on the other hand looks great. Boxed sets of CDs just about fit snugly on the shelves but at least they fit. The rear of the cabinets I found frustrating with both. All the holes on the frame did not match up with the back board and twice I went diagonally through the side and out the other end. The CDs/DVDs hide that damage but it is there nonetheless. There are two parts to the back board and I feel that they do not come together well. The packaging prevents a single piece being shipped but I have seen other pieces where the board has been folded rather than be separated. There are no spare bits so make sure you don't misplace one single piece. It does recommend that the cabinet is attached to the wall but with sliding doors, I don't feel that is necessary. One of the reasons for going with sliding doors is that the weight never shifts, unlike opening doors. So in summary, a good product that looks great and is value for money. Just not the best thing designed in the world.
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