I bought this piece to fit along a small wall in my sun room to hold books and large seashells and small potted plants. It is absolutely perfect! My son put it together in just a few moments with the included allen wrench and I had it filled with my stuff within the hour. I had a hard time finding a bookcase to fit the small space that I had (30"L wall) that didn't look dark and heavy and didn't protrude too far into the room. As soon as I saw this on Overstock I knew it was exactly what I wanted! The quality of this baker's rack is much better than I would have expected for under $XXX and it fits perfectly within the 'french-inspired' decor of my sun room. I suppose it could also be used outdoors on a patio but I think I might spray it first with a protective polyurethane to keep it from rusting if I were to do that.