We ordered the Sonoma Six-shelf Bookcase in Maple. The item comes in two boxes. Both boxes come with directions. We made the mistake of following the directions in the smaller box. Apparently the bottom unit is also sold separately as a smaller stand alone unit. We then had to take off the top of the bottom unit to put it on the top of the top unit. Anyway, that was the only glitch for us. All parts were in good condition, everything fit together perfectly and it was not difficult to assemble, probably took me and my husband about 40 minutes. This was for my son's room so we had to secure the top with a bracket so it does not tip over (bracket not included). We have other maple furniture in the room some pieces are real hardwood maple some are laminated maple?, not sure what you call it?, but fake maple. This piece was a little darker than I had wanted since the fake maple is lighter, however the real maple was a little darker and matched that better. Overall, still looks good has lots of shelves for all those bionicles my son has and seems very sturdy. Overstock had the best price on this unit and shipping was free so I feel it was worth the money.
The Sonoma bookshelf was what I expected, functional but not particularly great. The top was damaged one corner and there was a 3 1/2" scratch on the surface, which looked to be caused by a knife or box-cutter, that was annoying. Overall, I am keeping the piece because it is functional, but rather than seeming like a new piece due to the wear & tear of shipping, it looks like I've had it a while.
I bought this for the front hall of my "new" 1977 ranch house. We're trying to go with a sort of mid-century vibe, and this is just perfect with its little hairpin legs. The fact that the "drawers" are really removable baskets adds to the usefulness--you can take them out, use them elsewhere, and use the cubbies as a bookcase, or you can leave them in. I love this piece--and the price absolutely can't be beat!
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