This bookshelf has grace and structure. The combination of the arched upright support pieces with the tubular shaft is a great mix. The shelves have a slight darkness on the edges which adds to the beauty. We had a little trouble with the screws that go from the metal brace in the back and then into the underside of the top shelf. The way the back metal brace was formed where the metal was folded over itself was blocking the hole and would not allow the screw to be inserted. But a little tweaking with a pair of needle nose pliers did the trick. We also found that assembly was made much easier with the use of Chapman set of hex heads instead of the hex 'wrench' that was supplied. The finished product is a beautiful as well as functional bookshelf and definitely worth the money. We were also pleasantly surprised by how tall and regal it looks.
I probably paid too much of MDF, but it does it's job. Make sure to pay close attention to the direction. I ended up spending a lot of time fiddling with stuff because I missed a couple steps or used the wrong screws because they weren't labeled and weren't diagrammed well. Also, be very careful to force the anchors into the wall as they tended to spin for me which meant I needed to hold them with needle nose pliers while I screwed them in. Quite frustrating, but all of my problems can likely be considered user error. This will probably fall off the wall in a high magnitude earthquake since it's mostly gravity holding it onto the wall. The bar is sturdily attached to the wall, but it just slides into the bar of the hutch. This does make it easy to lift off the wall if you want to take it down temporarily though.
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