I'm a female who assembles all my furniture. Maybe it's because I'm Swedish and I have the IKEA gene or something. Anyway, I figured these would be "industrial" and a challenge and the box is definitely heavy, as others have said, it's probably about 80-100lbs, so getting it to the installation spot took some wrangling. When I opened it, I noticed the metal bits were almost all scratched up. This isn't for show, but still, nothing was protected or wrapped and there was sawdust everywhere from the crumbling shelving inside. None of my shelves were damaged enough to return, but it still looked chintzy. So, I'm ready to go with my rubber mallet and everything fits together fairly well EXCEPT, there are these small folded up tabs that kind of hold the shelf in place. Well, half of the tabs were not folded up at a 90 degree angle, so they cut right into the shelf, rather than preventing it from sliding off the metal part. The steel was impossible for me to bend with any of the tools I owned, so I just put the unbent tabs together on the same level so the shelf they would support wouldn't have heavy things on it. If it did, I'm sure the particle board would eventually crack at the point the tab was poking at it. For my needs, this unit will hold items in my basement and it's fine, but I can't say I'm thrilled with it. I prefer wire shelving, but this was for items that might fall through.
This is my second purchase of these shelves. They are sturdy (I can stand on them and they don't bend), nice looking, and adjustable to any height. It takes about 20 minutes to set one of them up, starting with opening the box. It takes less time to take them apart for storage. I have used them for storage and in my greenhouse. My recent purchase was for my business.
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