I bought these two 5-shelf bookshelves and the matching TV stand. I wanted an entire wall of rustic looking shelves for my newly remodeled living room but since rustic is the trend these days, rustic shelves have very expensive price tags ($1000 each isn't uncommon). At one point, I thought I would have to construct some shelves myself using reclaimed wood and iron plumbing pipe but luckily I came across these on Overstock. I had purchased the coffee table that is in this same collection and was very happy with it so decided to give these a go. The shelves are heavy wood and look like reclaimed barn wood (I don't think they really are but they certainly look like it). The top and bottom shelves are fixed with screws and the middle three have notches that allow them to just sit on the shelf rungs. The shelves are heavy so I don't see them going anywhere. The shelves are not adjustable. The placement you see in the picture is the only configuration possible. Also, one of the shelves was not completely straight so it rocks on the unit (like your dinner table does when one of the legs is longer than the others). I fixed it by putting a small shim under the shelf in one corner. Only one shelf out of ten did this and I don't think it's the norm. I also recommend that you attach this to the wall to prevent tipping. The shelf is heavy when it is put together and if it tipped over on a climbing child, it could really hurt him or her. The hardware to attach it to the wall t is included with the shelf. The wood is darker than is shown in the picture. It's actually a very dark brown. I have the feeling that the light the photographer used makes the wood look lighter than it is. The wood is also rough and not smooth (which is the rustic look I was after). One of the things I'm not that keen on is the metal support legs. They're not really heavy metal - they feel like aluminum with a powder-coated black matte finish. However, they do look good and are strong enough to support the shelves so I'll go with it. The other problem area were the X supports on the back of the shelf. You absolutely do need these because the shelves are ultra wobbly without them. However, the two supports cross each other in the back and you are supposed to screw the two together in the middle of the "X". The problem is that the manufacturer only gives you a screw to do this and no nut to put on the screw so the two supports don't stay together even with the screw. I had to dig a nut out of my own collection and use that on the screw. Otherwise, the two supports come apart. It doesn't effect the support of the shelf at all; it just looks untidy. The middle part where you screw them together is hidden behind the middle shelf so you won't see it.
I ordered two of these bookcases with the intention of possibly ordering a third one once I had a better feel for how they would fill my space. When the two bookcases arrived, the cardboard packing boxes showed significant wear, perhaps via inadequate package preparation and/or rough handling but I held out hope that the abundant internal Styrofoam packing would save the day. When I opened the boxes, I was initially very pleased with the finish and rich cherry walnut like finish. However, as I unpacked the pieces, I found that all of the side panels (4 in total) were damaged in one way or another. All of the smaller pieces survived the shipment but my guess is that the packaging did not prevent the longer side pieces from flexing and therefore caused damage during shipment. I contacted Overstock and over the course of three days of attempting to find replacement parts, I was told that two new units would be shipped to me and that I could take the necessary replacement parts from these packages and then repackage and return the rest within 30 days (prepaid UPS) without additional charge. When the two new bookcases arrived, the packaging was significantly more robust with the addition of reinforcement edges. Interestingly enough, four replacement sides (the ones that Overstock told me they could not get) arrived separately. Even more interesting was that while the overall appearance of the two new bookcases was essentially the same as the original bookcases, the construction design was different (i.e. 3 back panels instead of 2, 2 back stretcher bars instead of 1, different dowel and screw alignments, and a much darker (almost black color)). Fortunately, the new shipment had no damage, so I assembled these units and was left to repackage the two original damaged units. If you have received anything from Overstock before, you know that the Styrofoam packing and cushion sheets is a bit of a puzzle but with determination to do the job right, I finally got the bookcases successfully packaged at the expense of nearly 2 hours, $10 in shipping tape and an added expense for UPS to pick up these packages at my home because they were too large for my car. I have since successfully ordered and received the third bookcase but I have to admit that in light of many successful transactions with Overstock in the last 6 months, I was very disappointed with how this issue was handled. Shouldn't they have known that a new production design was in the works and that parts would not be interchangeable with the earlier design? Why was the onus put on the customer to pull replacement parts from new units and then repackage and return what remained at personal expense. Overstock has not responded to my request to be reimbursed for costs associated with returning the damaged bookcases that were above and beyond the prepaid UPS label. In the end, I gave the end product a fairly high score but Overstock's poor handing pulled down the rating to average at best.
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