The dimensions and overall look of this International Caravan Windsor 5-tier Bookshelf were perfect for the space at the end of my hallway, I also wanted solid wood, so I gave this a try. My husband assembled it and warned me early in the process that there were spots where the lacquer was missing, or too heavy, and had blops in the carved grooves of the wood, some of the carving was rough, and small bits & pieces are miscarved/gouged . The good news is the bookcase is double sided, so I told him to put all the better looking pieces towards the front, nobody is going to see the back side. Even then, I was surprised to find most of the center wood spindles on the sides (decorative, not weight bearing) were a full 1/4" short. This is particularly noticeable under the top-most shelf, which is at eye level - you can see the light wood peg in the 1/4" gap from the top of the bookcase. Bottom line, QC is lacking. Having said all this, I put it in place and it looks nice. I probably wouldn't buy this again because, even with a good coupon, it was a couple hundred dollars. Still, if you can't find anything else locally, this looks nice and may suit your purpose.
I like that this item is solid wood and is economical. I was looking for something just to hold my many books and this does the job. I had a little trouble assembling it by myself but got it done. I was disappointed in that the top shelf had its lacquer dulled by packaging foam paper as it left an imprint on it. I understand what the other reviewer said about expecting perfection for the price but I am from a generation that expects quality work whether the item is expensive or not. I had this very same situation happen with high-end furniture from a well-known department store. I returned that furniture but will keep this bookcase due to its functionality and I will put a large doily over the dulled laquer spot.
The package was heavier than I expected and assembling it was a bit tricky for us but we did it and I love the way it looks. We plan to stain it and lacquer it but it looks great unstained too. It's just the piece we needed for the space we have.
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