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Way Basics zBoard Eco 3-Shelf Madison Bookcase and Storage, Black


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  • World's easiest tool free assembly; no tools required; Just peel, stick and done
  • Made of durable, zBoard recycled paperboard; responsible sustainable design
  • Sustainably made, non-toxic, no formaldehyde and no VOC for a healthy home
  • Made to congregate and coordinate with all our other furniture; Stack and organie to create the design you need
  • Backside of unit is the same matching color; Can use as room divider
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 32.1 x 45.3 inches ; 30 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 33.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported (Taiwan)
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004R9P8XY
  • Item model number: PS-3S-1-BK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,892 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Way Basics FeaturesWay Basics : Your Easy Eco and Non-toxic Modular Storage Solution

Yes, it’s a cube. Yet once you put this most-basic Way Basics piece together, you’ll find dozens of uses for it. It’ll be a cubby to store toys, magazines, DVDs or books in. You’ll use it as a light, portable extra seat. The cube is strong enough to serve as a stepstool to reach those high cupboards in the kitchen. And it’s the first building block for your own customized furniture ideas.

We believe we’ve invented the simplest, most ingenious furniture ever. Ultra-easy to put together, sustainably made and completely recyclable, it’s made from environmentally sound building blocks we call zBoards that’ll inspire your creativity with playful possibilities.

And when you buy Way Basics furniture, you’re helping improve the world in other ways, too. We work with furniture banks around the country to help those families in desperate need -- victims of natural disasters who’ve lost everything they owned, women and children Sustainable Furnishings Council Memberescaping from domestic violence, working families below the poverty line, and others requiring a hand up — not a handout.

We’re founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition united to promote environmentally healthy practices in the industry, and to help consumers identify good furniture choices. We are also proud to announce that in 2008, Way Basics went zero via the Conservation Fund’s “Go Zero Program.” This means that we offset our company carbon emissions by planting trees at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge! To learn more visit the Conservation Fund.

Save Trees - Use More zBoardzBoard: Save Money and Trees

It took us 10 years to perfect the ingenious building-block zBoards at the heart of our business. Our patented, environmentally sound manufacturing process turns post-consumer recycled paper into superbly strong boards that weigh 62% less than particle board. zBoards are just as solid and structurally sound as any engineered wood furniture, yet they’re made from one of the simplest materials ever – paper.

We designed these marvelous building boards to be versatile and easy to assemble, and came up with a new way to put the pieces together. Strategically placed super-strong adhesive strip is the answer – all you do is peel off the protective covering, stick the blocks together, and you’re done. If you’re creating your own design with zBoards, you can also use screws or hardware if you like. zBoards are water-resistant and easy to clean. They come in different colors and both light and dark wood-grain designs, so you have options to fit your decor. They’re also available in white, which makes a perfect canvas for your own imagination.

PEEL STICK DONEThe World's Easiest Assembly

In our packages, you won’t find mysterious collections of screws and nails, or complicated diagrams and instructions. That’s because you can put our unique zBoards together without tools or hardware. Super-strong 3M brand adhesive strips let you fit the pieces neatly together. Just peel, stick and you’re done. Honest. See the assembly videos on our website.

You can buy our thoughtfully designed step-by-step furniture kits. And because they’re so easy to assemble and so versatile, you can also mix and match zBoards to fulfill your furniture fantasies. Since Way Basics products are modular, it’s easy to add on to your creation if you need more storage or want to use it for a different purpose. Then paint, wallpaper, or embellish them any way you like as well. (Kids love to decorate their own Way Basics stuff.) That’s something you definitely don’t get with most assembly-required furniture.

As Seen OnThey're Talking About Us

You may have seen Way Basics discussed on your favorite television morning show, your newspaper, or seen a review on a popular website. Our revolutionary easy eco modular furniture is making waves and has been seen on: MSNBC, ABC, Kids Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Daily Candy, Apartment Therapy to name a few.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I do with the backer board that came with my furniture?
A:When you’re done assembling your Way Basics furniture piece, place the backer board at the rear of your furniture. This sturdy paper board is the essential framing piece that holds it all together. It’s designed to adhere neatly, stabilize your furniture and create a finished look.

Q: How can I customize my Way Basics Furniture?
Recycled paper becomes zBoardsA: The possibilities are endless! We designed our modular building blocks to inspire creativity and possibility. Here are a few ideas:

  • zBoard dividers are available to create organization and playful possibilities.
  • Stack different bookshelves in different colors next to each other to create you own design.
  • Add stickers!
  • Mix and match zBoards of different hues to add a charge of color to any room.
  • Build a multi-colored bookshelf or insert multiple zBoard dividers for a great look.
  • Rest a horizontal zBoard on top of any two of our lower pre-configured pieces and voila! You’ve got a table or desk.
  • Get fancy and spice it up with casters or wheels to make your furniture mobile. (you will need a screwdriver to affix casters)
  • Visit the Design Gallery on waybasics.com for more ideas!

Q: Made from paper...is it strong? How much weight can zBoards hold?
A: It’s very strong indeed! zBoards are constructed through our patented process and are made from multiple, overlapping layers of paperboard and corrugated paper that combine to withstand tremendous pressure. We like to describe the zBoard as carbon fiber of paper. For instance, our founder weighs 195 pounds and when he stands on our Cube it can easily bear his weight.

zBoards are just as strong as common particle board constructed furniture. Our furniture is designed for use in common storage, home, and work purposes. With Way Basics furniture, you can easily add a divider/support zBoard and hold up to 100 pounds per shelf for your really big and heavy things. We recommend adding divider/support zBoards starting from the lowest shelf to support the heaving books or objects above.

Lightweight yet strong!Q: Is your packaging recycled too?
A: Yes, even our packaging is recycled. We use materials made from 90% post-consumer waste. Since packaging is just to safely transport and protect your furniture, we’d rather keep it basic, recycled, and completely recyclable to ease the load on our environment. Please reuse or recycle your packaging when you’re done with it, too. Thanks!

Q: How strong is the double-sided adhesive tape?
A: Very, very strong. We use only 3M industrial-strength heavy-duty adhesive tape on our products. To take full advantage of all that sticking power and get optimum adhesion, make sure your bonding adhesive surfaces are clean, dry, and properly joined. It works best if you put together your furniture in a room that’s between 70° F to 100° F (21° C to 38° C). This super-tape’s bonds get stronger during the first 24 hours, so we recommend that you let your furniture sit in place for the first day.

Q: Are zBoards water resistant?
A: Yes, the exterior layers of the board are treated with a water resistant material just like other finished wood veneers. If water gets on the zBoard surface, it will dry (though of course it’s best if you wipe it up like all spills). You’ll want to keep water away from the furniture’s edges and corners where it’s a little more vulnerable to moisture. Again, we hate to sound like your mom, but if water spills, just wipe it up!

Q: Does Way Basics furniture off-gas?
A: No, Way Basics furniture does not "off-gas". Off-gasing occurs in the manufacturing process of particle poard and MDF in which various types of formaldehyde are used. There is no formaldehyde in our products. Have no fear, our products don't pass gas!

Q: What are the differences among zBoards, particleboard, plywood, solid wood, or MDF?
A: zBoards are made almost entirely (99%) from post-consumer recycled paper, and do not consume additional natural resources like trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. While very strong, paper zBoards are made from the lightest form of wood byproduct.

Particleboard is made from wood particles (like wood chips, sawmill shavings, or sawdust), which is bound together with synthetic resin or other materials, then pressed and extruded. It is fairly heavy.

Plywood is engineered from thin sheets of wood veneer in layers that are glued together. It’s fairly heavy and expensive. It also means that trees must be chopped down to harvest the wood.

Solid wood is made directly from lumber, which means chopping down thousands of trees which adds to the continuing deforestation of large areas of our planet. Solid wood furniture is heavy and generally very expensive.

MDF stands for medium density fiberboard, a variety of particleboard. It’s made by breaking down softwood into small wood fibers and particles that are then bound together with wax and resin. The panels are formed by applying high temperature and pressure. This manufacturing process uses lots of energy resources and puts contaminants into the environment.

Product Description

Our Story

Since you’re here, you’re probably a lot like us: creative, practical, caring, and ready to inspire a better way. We are inspired to do things right and keep things simple. We believe in treating everyone as if they were our friend, protecting our environment as if it were our home, and finding creative solutions to over complicated challenges. In short, we are Way Basics. Paper based storage furniture became the foundation of our initial introduction for the brand. Our founder, Jimmy, thought it would be fun to create a recycling bin made from recycled paper, since it’s one of the most commonly recycled materials. It comes flat and then pops open like paper grocery bag, but a much fancier design. You can throw all your recyclables in it, and then recycle the entire thing - then pop another one open and the recycling starts again. It's simple and elegant.

Simple: The World's Easiest Assembly

In our packages, you won't find mysterious collections of screws and nails, or complicated diagrams and instructions. That's because you can put our unique zBoards together without tools or hardware. Super-strong 3M brand adhesive strips let you fit the pieces neatly together. Just peel, stick, and you're done.

Safe: Zero Formaldehyde Or VOC

We treat the people of the world as our family. We want you to be safe and live the healthiest life possible. You can rest assured that our products aren't polluting the air inside your home, as there are no VOCs or formaldehyde in our products. VOCs are chemicals that become a gas at room temperature, such as formaldehyde. Products made with those chemicals will release the gas into the air, a process called off-gassing, and if high concentrations of formaldehyde are off-gassed and breathed in, it could cause health problems. We also use a water-based glue that is completely recyclable.


How Strong Is The Double-Sided Adhesive Tape?

Very, very strong. We use only 3M industrial-strength heavy-duty adhesive tape on our products. To take full advantage of all that sticking power and get optimum adhesion, make sure your bonding adhesive surfaces are clean, dry, and properly joined. It works best if you put together your furniture in a room that’s between 70° F to 100° F (21° C to 38° C). This super-tape’s bonds get stronger during the first 24 hours, so we recommend that you let your furniture sit in place for the first day.

What Is zBoard?

Our patented manufacturing process turns this post-consumer recycled paper into superbly strong paperboards that weigh 62% less than particle board with unmatched quality and durability. zBoards are the wave of the future thanks to the basic principles of being simple, fun, practical, and made from one of the simplest materials ever - paper.

How Strong Is It?

It’s very strong indeed! zBoards are made from multiple, overlapping layers of paperboard and corrugated paper that combine to withstand tremendous pressure. We like to describe the zBoard as the "carbon fiber of paper. " A cube has a recommended max weight of 50 lbs.

Toxin Free

zBoards are made from post-consumer recycled paper and do not consume additional natural resources like trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. Way Basics furniture also does not "off-gas" or contain formaldehyde and VOCs.

Great For Home, Kids, Office

Way Basics Cubes are the perfect storage solution for any room in your home, kids love them, and they even find their way into the work environment.

Interior Dimensions

Small Sections: Depth 10. 4" | Width 11. 2" | Height 13. 8"
Large Sections: Depth 11. 3" | Width 19. 3" | Height 13. 8"



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The shelves really cant hold too many books.
qball
It is not strong at all - it broke apart when we move it and nothing was on it.
Laura L.
It was very easy to assemble and it looks great.
D Caldwell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By VegasDV on July 31, 2011
Color Name: Espresso Verified Purchase
PROS: Lightweight, easy to assemble, no hardware required.

CONS: Lower quality materials, not suitable for larger books or heavy items, can only be configured vertically (not horizontally as one of the sample Amazon product images implies).

While one could position the bookcase horizontally, the assembly instructions specifically state that only one "zBoard" should touch the floor to confirm correct usage, which requires one of the horizontal boards (about 32" wide), making the unit height about 45". Therefore, the Amazon sample product image for this bookshelf that displays a horizontal layout (i.e. the longest side on the floor) is incorrect. (I had thought there might have been options to assemble it either way.)

Since we purchased this for our toddler's books and stuffed animals, it is adequate. However, we don't expect it to last through any "adventures" our son might decide to have on or with the bookshelf in the future! If you need or want something more durable or made of higher quality materials, consider a different product.
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February 19, 2012
To VegasDV,

Thank you for your insightful review of our product. Thank you for pointing out the misleading photo on the sample products page. In truth, the product shown in the image is actually two Madison Bookcases put side by side, not one placed horizontally. Since our zBoards are designed to be used vertically, they lose a substantial amount of strength when placed on their side. Videos on our website go into detail as to why. However it is easy to see how it might be misconstrued. We stand behind our products' quality, and hope to regain your trust in our brand. Please reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] if you have any further suggestions or concerns. Thanks again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A3 on May 12, 2011
Color Name: White
I love my Madison Bookcase! I bought the white one and it's so easy to put together. No nails, screws or any tools needed. I would advise not to use them for super heavy books, but for most items you put on a shelf this is great.
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February 19, 2012
Hi A3,

Thank you very much for reviewing our product! We're glad you enjoy our Madison Bookcase, and are also glad you found the assembly process to be quick and easy. We encourage you to reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] if you have any further feedback or concerns. Thanks again, and hope you enjoy your Madison!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leticia QB on December 23, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I am solely disappointed with this product. I bought this cubed shelving thinking it was made out of wood. It turned out it is made out of cardboard. There's no screws or nails, just cardboard connector to hold the pieces together. There's no way this product can hold a big tv our anything a little heavy. I regret this purchase, specially at this VERY HIGH price, considering the product is Kind of a toy.
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February 19, 2012
To Leticia QB,

Thank you for taking the time to review our product. Our eco-friendly products are made from zBoard, a recycled paperboard. This type of production keeps our forests sustainable and also contains no VOC or formaldehyde so it's safe for your home and family. We're very sorry to hear that you were disappointed in our product and would love for a chance to regain your trust in our brand. I noticed you put the same review for our Tribeca bookshelf as well, so we encourage you to reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] so we can help resolve your mishap. Thanks again.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K.R on August 31, 2011
Color Name: Espresso Verified Purchase
If you need this to house books, records, Cds, etc. ,don't bother with this item. Too light weight for it's role as a shelf.
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February 19, 2012
To K.R,

Thank you very much for reviewing our product. I'm surprised to hear that our Madison was not sturdu enough to hold books, Cds, etc., as we rarely have had issues holding such items. If the supporting boards are placed correctly, the Madison Bookcase should easily be able to support those and more. I encourage you to reach out to us at talktous [at] waybasics [dotcom] so we can help resolve your issue. We would love to regain your trust in our brand. Thanks again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wiley on March 24, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I love the design of these. Be warned that they are not designed to hold heavy items and you should heed the warnings for how much they can hold. That being said they are very nice for displaying items.
I had not read the warning closely enough about the weight limit and had a problem with the bookcase. that problem was resolved by customer service. I cant say enough good about the customer service, they contacted me very quickly and resolved all the issues.
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April 26, 2012
Hi JoeToon,

We received your customer inquiry and have taken steps to assist you with units. If there is anything else we can assist with, please reach out to us talktous@waybasics.com

Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By himom on June 22, 2012
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
So excited to receive this eco friendly shelf! Opened it and was a little surprised that it was made of recycled cardboardish material, but like the fact that it is saving trees, looks great, non toxic and VERY EASY to assemble!!! I haven't actually tested out the durability of it yet, but think it will be okay. The pegs did surprise me that they were also cardboard, but I love the idea!!! Thank you Way Basics for creating a product that is so eco friendly!
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June 26, 2012
Hi himom,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our product. We would love to see how you ended up using your unit in your home. Our products are made from zBoard, much stronger than cardboard. You can learn more here: http://www.waybasics.com/zboard

We're always here to help. Please reach out to us for anything we can help with! talktous@waybasics.com

Thank you again for choosing Way Basics!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chewy11 on March 9, 2012
Color Name: Black
I love this book case. Not only was it easy to assemble, it's got a great modern look to it. It's very versatile- you can use just one or put two side by side for more shelving space. I use it to store everything from big, heavy photo albums and yearbooks to small items like CDs and small books. It's a great way to keep organize and keep the room looking neat and clean. The shelves are also great to display decorative pieces like small vases, trinkets, etc. Definitely recommend this product.
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April 26, 2012
Hi Chewy11,

Thank you for sharing your review with us, we really appreciate it! If you have any photos of your use that you can share with other customers, please post them to Amazon or to our Facebook page. Thanks again and enjoy building possibilities!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Max on May 30, 2012
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
I love this bookshelf! The shelves look/feel like wood, take a couple of minutes to assemble, hold up nicely, and are made of recycled paper. I'm planning on getting another one to hold the rest of my book collection.
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June 11, 2012
Hi Max,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback with us. We would love to see a photo of the product in use if you get a chance. We appreciate your support and please let us know anything we can assist with. We're always here to help: talktous@waybasics.com

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