Porch & Den Kern Alethea Tall Narrow 5-shelf Bookcase

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ITEM#: 20340074

Finally get around to organizing your personal library with this Kern Alethea 5-shelf bookcase from Porch & Den. This large shelf features four adjustable shelves and one fixed shelf so you can easily fit large books of any size. The wood is a PEFC certified sustainable eco-friendly choice, available in a black, white, or oak finish.

Features:
  • PEFC certified sustainable wood
  • Eco-friendly
  • Available in beige, black, brown, gray and white colors to match any decor
  • 4 adjustable shelves and 1 fixed shelf
  • Measures 80 inches high x 16 inches wide x 10.5 inches deep

    Assembly Required

Specs

Features
Style Modern & Contemporary
Material Wood
Finish Brown Finish, Grey Finish
Shelf Type Bookshelves
Assembly Assembly Required
Color Black, Brown, Grey, White
Depth Under 15 Inches
Height 75 Inches and Up
Number of Shelves 5
Product Features Adjustable Shelving
Set Includes 1 Piece
Width Under 20 Inches
Dimensions 80 inches high x 16 inches wide x 10.5 inches deep
Warranty 1 year Limited Manufacturer
Model Number 7177520
Country of Origin Denmark
  • Not super happy
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Brown Finish - Coffee

    I purchased this to fit within a certain skinny space I had, and of course for book storage. This isn't the best build-it-yourself bookcase I have seen and I have a number of them between my home and classroom. With three adults putting it together we still had trouble maneuvering and aligning all the parts with the correct holes. It sits slightly crooked and isn't the most professional looking piece (keep in mind it sits next to three other such bookcases that are much nicer and were cheaper). I would recommend you keep shopping for something that will look nicer in your space.

  • Great fit for the narrow, shallow space
    Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    Works perfectly in my pantry which is located under my staircase, so the space is odd. It was not necessary for us to attach it to the wall. It stands sturdy on its own. Very similar in quality and look to that big box "blue & yellow store" stuff ;-). I also shopped there but they didn't have a size that worked for my space. It looks great, better than wire shelving. Shelves are adjustable so I can have big things like dog food container on the bottom. Assembly was easy. My husband and I did it together in about 15 minutes. I probably could have done it myself but some pieces and the assembled bookcase are kinda heavy. Instructions were OK, but not superb. I might have misunderstood some things but my husband being more versed in hardware language understood everything perfectly. The back is the only flimsy part which is a super-thin piece of pressboard with a fold in the middle, but it looks fine, it's not noticeable that it's flimsy. You could skip attaching the back and have open shelves and it would work just fine. We attached the back with a staple gun rather than nailing in a gazillion little nails that were provided. I plan on ordering more pieces from this line cuz the size works for me and the quality is fine.

  • Good but not great.
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

    I bought this to fill a gap of right at 16 inches and it fits great. Let's start with the good. It looks very nice in finish. The box says each shelf holds 24 lbs I think, but I have more than that and it seems like it will be no problem at all. It is solid. Ok now the bad. The instructions are a bit muddy and construction is a bit of a pain compared to similar products. The part that bothers me the most is that if it had one more shelf it would be even and look great but you simply can't get one any way I can find. As a result the fixed shelf in the middle makes you have one half with 2 movable shelves and the other with one. If it had one more then the shelves would be evenly spaced. All in all if this does not bother you I recommend the product highly. It feels solid and stable even not fixed to a wall (I recommend you do if possible). For the record you could place the fixed shelf in a different location while building it, but I fear this could affect the stability so I chose not to do so.

  • Bookhappy
    Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    I was thrilled with this purchase. The white finish matched the other white bookcases I have. The best surprise was the back bottom had a cutout to fit against the baseboard of the wall perfectly. I have never seen this before and am sold on it now. When I first saw this I was horrified because it looked so big. But it fits any size baseboard and looks so nice. Now I wish all furniture pieces would come like this. It really makes a difference. The quality of the bookcase is very nice and can't beat the price.

  • Exactly What I was Looking For, But..
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Brown Finish - Coffee | Oak

    I ordered two. Came 2 days before I expected them neatly delivered next to my back door. Impressively packaged! They did due diligence to prevent scratches & damage. I had to literally rip the boxes apart in pieces to get them out. (you may have been able to cut open an end and slide them out but they're 80 inch boards!). Once I opened them I realized I had received 2 different size shelves. I rechecked my order to make certain I had placed the order correctly and I had. Cx service online was pleasant and helpful. Offered to arrange to have shelf picked up. Where I live I wasn't certain how that would happen and at this point I had no box so I kept the bigger shelf and was offered a $** credit on my next purchase. When it comes to quality, I am impressed. The shelves drop down onto the pegs and don't sit on top of them like other brands do. Quite easy to put together. I did both of them myself. I am considering purchasing another. Advised to cut open an end to get it out of the box if possible & check the outside of the box for any size measurements before you do! The wrong sized one will work (I think) for now but in the end I may have to give it away. But both size shelves were packed in boxes the exact same size! Just a bit disappointed my order wasn't correct so I could of seen my vision completed! But definitely not disappointed with the quality of the shelves!

  • Sturdy, basic, but not pristine
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    Option: White

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    These are decent and solid shelves (surprisingly made in Denmark?) but the white coating was coming off of the MDF in several corner areas that had been banged up during shipping, I guess. It might have been cheaper, in retrospect, to get whatever Target's version of this shelf might be, but since mine is already nailed and screwed together, I guess I'll live with it. When we were assembling the shelf, my partner drove a nail accidentally through the backing (in his defense, it was really difficult to line up because the backing was not large enough to provide sufficient clearance), he was like "well, it's not like we could resell this shelf anyway" That's basically how we feel - a shelf to have and eventually give away on the curb, but no one would pay us for it now (just one day after assembling)

  • Tall bookshelf
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Brown Finish - Coffee

    I love this shelf unit. It fits into a narrow place and was exactly what I needed there!

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    Great for organizing my books on top and shoes on the bottom. I did make 2 more shelves to make it meet my needs. It is quite sturdy and fits well in the space I had available.

  • No assembly instructions - terrible process!
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

    Kelly: Hi, my name is Kelly. How may I help you? Visitor: I ordered the Element Tall Narrow 5-shelf Bookcase but no assembly instructions were included. Can I possibly get the assembly instructions? Visitor: Hello? Kelly: I will check and help you with the assembly instructions. Kelly: Could you please verify your email address or order number? Visitor: Email address is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Visitor: Order #xxxxxxxxxxxxx Kelly: Thank you. Kelly: For security purposes, may I please have your full name and billing address, including the city, state, and zip code? Visitor: Seriously, for assembly instructions? Visitor: This is not a security issue. Kelly: Yes. Visitor: I am not asking for my account information - just how to assemble a piece of furniture you sell that I obviously purchased. Can you just send the instructions to my email address on the order? Visitor: Either that - or I will go ahead and submit my review online. Sorry, but I'm at work so don't have time to do this. Kelly: To send an assembly instructions we need to verify the account. Kelly: We use SSL encryption and the latest technology to ensure that your shopping experience is safe and secure. We are certified by both Verisign and BBB Online Reliability. Kelly: Sure. Kelly: Are there any other concern that I can address you for today? Kelly: I'm sorry I have not heard from you. I'll remain available for another minute if you would like any further assistance at this time. Visitor: This doesn't make any sense - I obviously purchased the piece. Why can't you just send instructions?????????? My address is xxxxxxxxxxxx. PLEASE JUST SEND INSTRUCTIONS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!! Kelly: I see that you are verifying the shipping address. Kelly: Could you please verify your full name and billing address? Visitor: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (information provided)....Good grief.... Kelly: Perfect! Thanks for verifying the details. Kelly: I will forward this issue to a specialized representative in Parts Department to send an assembly instructions to your email address and you will be contacted via phone or email within 1-2 business days. Kelly: Is the above email address is good to send an assembly instructions? Visitor: After all this - you don't even have the authority to send instructions now????? Kelly: I'm sorry due to security reason don't have an option to send a instructions via email. Visitor: This is most disappointing. Visitor: And if it's for security reasons you don't have an option to send the instructions via email, they why did you tell me all about your security features in place???? Apparently, it's not as secure as you are saying or you could send the instructions?!?!?! Kelly: Since we don't have an option to send an assembly instructions manually. Kelly: To send a assembly instructions from parts Department we need to verify the customers account. Visitor: Super frustrated with your process, your communications and the overall demeanor of this transaction. Kelly: Without verifying the account, Our Parts Department will not be email you the assembly insructions. NOTE: Assembly instructions were located on another site online. And nothing has been heard from Overstock.

  • bookcase
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

    It came with 3 shelf's not 4.

  • Not super happy
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Brown Finish - Coffee

    I purchased this to fit within a certain skinny space I had, and of course for book storage. This isn't the best build-it-yourself bookcase I have seen and I have a number of them between my home and classroom. With three adults putting it together we still had trouble maneuvering and aligning all the parts with the correct holes. It sits slightly crooked and isn't the most professional looking piece (keep in mind it sits next to three other such bookcases that are much nicer and were cheaper). I would recommend you keep shopping for something that will look nicer in your space.

  • Great fit for the narrow, shallow space
    Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    Works perfectly in my pantry which is located under my staircase, so the space is odd. It was not necessary for us to attach it to the wall. It stands sturdy on its own. Very similar in quality and look to that big box "blue & yellow store" stuff ;-). I also shopped there but they didn't have a size that worked for my space. It looks great, better than wire shelving. Shelves are adjustable so I can have big things like dog food container on the bottom. Assembly was easy. My husband and I did it together in about 15 minutes. I probably could have done it myself but some pieces and the assembled bookcase are kinda heavy. Instructions were OK, but not superb. I might have misunderstood some things but my husband being more versed in hardware language understood everything perfectly. The back is the only flimsy part which is a super-thin piece of pressboard with a fold in the middle, but it looks fine, it's not noticeable that it's flimsy. You could skip attaching the back and have open shelves and it would work just fine. We attached the back with a staple gun rather than nailing in a gazillion little nails that were provided. I plan on ordering more pieces from this line cuz the size works for me and the quality is fine.

  • useful book shelf - a pain to assemble though
    Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    decent enough for the cheaper price - good for a closet to use for linens or towels, a pain to assemble, but not that difficult . you get what you pay for -

  • Great space saver
    Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    We had to find a storage shelf that fit a very tiny spot and this was perfect. It wasn't too difficult to put together and looks very nice.

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Brown Finish - Coffee

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    Thank you Overstock ! I've been looking for a year and a half for a shelf with these dimensions. I couldn't be more pleased. The ONLY negative is that it's very dark, almost black. Not a big deal but if you order this, just know it literally could pass for black. Easy peasy to put together, only took about 45 min. No missing or damaged pieces and came packaged like it was a Fabergé Egg lol. Hats off to O.com !!!!!

  • Rhonda
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Oak

    Easuxto assemble. I had a some area that I needed s bookshelf and this fit perfectly

  • Shelf Unit
    Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

    This unit was perfect for the purpose and place it was needed. It was an inexpensive piece and easily assembled.

  • Versatile Bookcase
    Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    Purchased this bookcase for my sewing room fabrics. It serves the purpose; however, back of bookcase was a paper product so wasn't very sturdy.

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: White

    Happy with purchase, would buy again

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

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    I received the bookcase with BOTH of the side panels being damaged and now I have to wait 7 days for replacement parts. I'm disappointed because I was really looking forward to this addition to my living room.

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Grey Finish - Brown

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    Great for a small nook and great for a corner....great for books and little nick nacks. It was easy to put together and it appears to stable. We are very happy with the purchase

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Oak

    Fit wierd litte corner perfectly!

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Brown Finish - Coffee

    Good bookshelf for the money, nothing special. Takes some time to assemble. Sturdy.

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: White

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    This is a great piece. My husband and I purchased a couple of years ago when we downsized. It takes up little room and is tall as well as deep. Would definitely recommend.

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

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    I needed a narrow but substantial bookcase for my office. This bookcase met my needs perfectly. Its not a grand bookcase, but a simple well made bookcase... nothing fancy!

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

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    Good sturdy simple tall bookcase, wish there were a few extra shelves to add in but the spacing is adjustable so I guess you could buy more wood and add extra shelves if you wanted

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Brown Finish - Coffee

    GReat piece...just as described

  • Verified Purchase
    Option: Black

    awesome exactly what i was looking for!

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    "Is the material "wood" , "plywood" or "particle board" ? I need something that doesn't weigh a ton as "particle board" does..."

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  • Q:

    "How much weight will each shelf hold? I need a bookcase for books."

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  • Q:

    "How tall is this shelf?"

    • A:

      Dimensions 80 inches high x 16 inches wide x 10.5 inches deep

  • Q:

    "How many DVDs do you think it will hold"

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  • Q:

    "Can this be used as a bench? Is it sturdy enough? I want to order a custom cusion on it"

    • A:

      No, really not strong enough....would collapse if someone sat on it

    • A:

      I bought two and laid them sideways, one on top of the other. They are holding up really well.

    • A:

      I agree with other reviewers. It's fine as a bookcase, but not strong enough to be used as a bench.

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  • Q:

    "How are the 4 shelves adjustable? Pegs? I am hoping to lay two 5 shelf bookcases on their sides and top with a day bed mattress. Will the adjustable shelves stay in place?"

    • A:

      They are sitting on pegs. I don't think sideways would work.

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