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Umbra Conceal Wall Book Shelf Small, Silver
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 10, 2007
These shelves are a clever idea - books appear to be floating on your wall. As one can see from the picture on this product page, the back cover of the bottom book fits into a small groove. With other books placed on top, the bottom book is held securely in place. I installed several of these shelves in my kitchen for cookbooks. They work best for relatively light, narrow books (the shelf started to strain a bit under "The Joy of Cooking"). However, only the bottom book needs to be hard back.

Installation was extremely easy -- just screw the shelf into any wall normal wall (e.g., drywall, paneling). No anchors are needed. I was a bit skeptical at first and expected for the books to fall or the shelf to bend, but no accidents after over a week. All in all, these shelves work well and are an interesting way to display your books. I just think that they should be a bit less expensive, as they're basically metal brackets; hence the four stars.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2006
These bookshelves are perfect. Each shelf can hold 5 _good sized_ hardcover books. They're easy to install (don't require a stud), very convenient, and are good conversation pieces. I'm ordering more right now...perfect if you've run out of space for another bookcase.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2006
Its books on a wall. Just books, on a wall.

If that's your bag, this is your shelf.

Installation was straightfoward and did not require a power tool.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
Size Name: SmallColor Name: SilverVerified Purchase
As a bookshelf it's not really practical. In order for it to function as a bookshelf, you basically have to designate one of your least-red, large hard cover books as the main shelf, and even then you have to keep something on top of it to keep it from falling off. I wish the little clip underneath was a little bigger.

As far as holding books goes, this thing is great. You can throw one book on, and then pile a few more books on top of it, and it'll hold them like nobody's business. Getting them off, obviously, isn't as easy as a normal bookshelf because you have to make sure the bottom book is secure at all times, and if you want to read the bottom book you'll have to reconfigure the entire thing. I use it as a pretty nifty nightstand, and it holds up with a big hardcover book on the bottom, three light paperback books on top of that, and a lamp on top of those. It's very easy to knock the whole thing down though, so I don't think I'll put anything fragile or important on it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 25, 2008
The umbra conceal book shelf is truly a great buy. i found them online awhile ago but recently came across them at my local bookstore chain, so i thought i'd give them a shot. i couldnt be any happier. with a weight load of 15lbs for the small shelf and a 20lbs weight load for the large shelf. they do an excellent job of displaying your books, in a neat nontraditonal way. all of my guests have noticed this shelf and inquired about where to get one for themselves. it trips everyone out, even me still.

as far as mounting them, they couldnt be any easier. the packaging is simple; shelf, plastic covering, two screws. that's it. no directions included OR needed.

the only problem one may encouter with this shelf is that you cannot make the first book on the stack a paperback. it will bubble and lift away from the pages, therefore not looking as sleek as it could. It is best to use a hardcover as your first book if you want it to look right. also the hardback has to be at least 6" deep(most book are, but i have a few that aren't) the shelf extends out from the wall 5-ish inches and you need a book that can cover all of that as your first. the plastic packaging also says: 16" Max stack height and 8" Max book depth for the small shelf. so dont stack too high and dont use ones that are too deep.

all in all, easy mounting, looks great, great price. i bought 4 more.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2011
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I love this shelf! It is a great way to display my books and so unique. I bought some of these to stagger around a 'double' shelf and I place nicknacks on top of some of the stacks. You do need a medium to large book to fit on the bottom. Easy to attach to wall and they are very sturdy. Pretty good deal I found on Amazon too!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2006
We recently "lofted" our daughter's bed & this book shelf mounted up on the wall keeps her late-night reading stack handy.

Easy to install & easy to use.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 7, 2007
I attached my own pictures in the "customer images."

I got 4 large and 4 small ones altogether. And if you know how to drill, then it'd be a piece of cake to put/mount it onto the wall.

I put a few up in my small living room next to my TV and a IKEA wall-shelf. It looks great and it does hold up a lot. But how much does it hold up? That also depends on your books.

One tip: To know when to stop piling more books on, use your hand and push down from the top a little bit. If it starts to shake and feels quite heavy, it is time to stop and leave it at that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: SmallColor Name: Silver
I bought two of these. They installed in a flash and look pretty much like the promo shots -- as though the books were floating in midair. The bottom book in the stack needs to be a good-sized hardcover (but not too big or else it sags). You can put anything you like on top of that. Once there, the books are not as conveniently accessed as on a normal bookshelf (and the bottom book is pretty much off-limits entirely).

As long as you are aware of these limitations before you buy, I think you'll be pleased.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2011
These bookshelves look just like I imagined. I bought three and they go up in a corner of my bedroom. I love them,and they are easy to install.
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