This piece of furniture is a great buy!! A Beautiful decor that adds immediate styles to any room. You can put anything on the shelves (but I suggest something of decorative nature) as this item is to beautiful to waste for storage. I place it near my fine china is and it adds a nice collection. Not too heavy (which is a good thing) and assembly is very easy. It only took me about half an hour and I am a slow learner!! Love this piece of furniture!!