This bookcase is great and for something that weighs over 100 lbs, you can't beat the flat rate shipping at all! It can be placed to stand tall to layed width wise on the floor as I've done (currently it's serving a TV stand for my flat screen). The cubbies are perfect for knick knacks and pictures.The only reason I gave the assembly 2 stars is because one of the pieces was missing. Each piece is numbered which makes assembly easier but they supplied me two of one type of piece and none of another when it was supposed to be one of each. Luckily these pieces were the same size. The only thing that was different were the placement of the holes where the screws go in. I got around that by not fastening all the screw in one piece... it's a very small piece and does not carry the weight of anything so it's ok.I hope you'll enjoy this piece as much as i have.