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118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2011
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For the price, these are great bookshelves. The side columns are real wood and I think the shelves are particle board with a wood grain veneer. The instuctions say you need two people to put one together, but I did it by myself with no problem. I bought two and they were together in 3 hours.

The bottom shelf has a support leg for heavy objects which is easily installed or removed. I'm using them more for display purposes so overloading the shelves doesn't wory me.

They come with a small bottles of white glue you use to glue wood pegs into holes. I used Gorilla wood glue instead for added strength. Whichever you use it's a good idea to brace each glued subassembly between a wall and a heavy object and check for right angles between the shelves and the columns. Just glueing and installing the fasteners is a sure way to get crooked legs and the shelf won't sit right against a wall. The instuctions should say this, but they don't.

My only complaint/concern is that the parts came out of the box (both boxes) uniformly covered in a thin, loose mat of some sort of white, thin, neddle-like fibers 1-2 inches in length. All the parts needed to be wiped down before assembly and the floor vacuumed. The shelves were "Made in China" so it must be from over there. They seem too coarse to be asbestos. Maybe loose fiberglass fibers? Slightly troubling.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
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I ordered two of these awesome-looking ladder shelves about three weeks apart. The first one I received was in decent shape, well packaged, all parts accounted for, and the instructions were pretty clear to boot. I would have rated that one four stars, if not for the second shipment of the exact same shelves.

The first thing I noticed was that the shipping box was completely different from the first: different brand name, different packing material, different box altogether basically. Then I unpacked the box to find that every single shelf has a prominent red scuff on the very visible lip (the part that faces out into plain view). It's about four inches long on every shelf, and in roughly the same place, as if there were some sort of manufacturing defect at the plant. The instructions were also completely different, so I just didn't bother with them and assembled the shelves the same way as I did the first.

Fortunately, the hardware was virtually the same, and this one actually included a wall mount to prevent accidental movement of the unit. And that's literally the only good thing I can say about the second set of shelves I received. The struts on either side of the unit are comprised of two pieces of wood each, that you then fit together via pre-installed wood dowels, and secured with a wood screw. Well the left strut pieces didn't align AT ALL. I had to deliberately crack one of the dowels just to fit the pieces together, and then it was quite a battle to align the two pieces so that they actually formed some semblance of a straight edge (spoiler alert: they don't).

Next, I discovered that the raised edge around the middle shelf was broken and was almost completely dislodged from the rest of the shelf. It was being held on by three exposed nails, so I was able to bend them back into place, re-affix the broken piece, and secure it all back in place with the supplied wood glue (I suppose I should have picked up on the foreshadowing there, as the first unit didn't include wood glue at all).

Finally, there's a small block of wood that's supposed to attach to the bottom shelf for added support, but as you've probably guessed, that was a failure too. On my other set of shelves, this little block is cut to the appropriate angle so that, as the unit leans back, it aligns with the floor just right. Not so with the second unit. There's barely a discernible angle at all, and it actually keeps the unit from leaning back at all, instead propping it up nearly perpendicular to the floor. And yes, at first I assumed I just put the block on backwards; but nope, there's literally only one way to attach it.

Anyways, I usually try to review my purchases fairly and objectively, but this is hands-down the worst purchase I've made on Amazon in nearly ten years. And while I certainly don't blame Amazon for the poor craftsmanship of the third-party manufacturer, it has made me more wary of purchasing any other small furniture items online.

Bottom line: four stars for my first set of shelves, and zero stars for the second. Either way, neither one looks as good as the unit in the stock photo.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2009
i had looked eveywhere for a ladder style bookshelf and had no luck at all, i have never ordered furniture offline before which made me a little nervous but it actually came sooner than the date they gave me.... and my boyfriend put it together in less than an hour and said it was very easy. It looks great in my apartment and it isn't flimsy at all (in about the first hour we got it together my cat jumped on it for his one and only time! but it held him fine..... and hes not light on the weight) but i recommend this to everyone looking for a modern style bookcase! I probably would have spent more money at an expensive furniture store than the actual bookshelf and shipping together cost. ITS GREAT!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
This product would have been nice if the Company regularly and actively conducted QA/QC (quality assurance and quality control)which evidently they did not because I opened the packaging and found two of the same right legs. My greatest concern was that it should arrive undamaged, not this. I should have built this myself. Regardless of what should, would or could, they get one star but really deserve none for this mishap.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2012
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When ordering, I wasn't sure this bookshelf would provide exactly what I needed, but I have been pleasantly surprised! It's a beautiful piece and is probably my most favorite piece of furniture in my living room. It holds plenty of books without the shelves sagging or any groaning/creaking. It even comes with wall mounts for those that need it secured due to children or rambunctious animals. Took me about an hour to put together by myself. The piece is not a heavy weight item but not lightweight and cheap feeling either. The pre-drilled holes for the bottom two shelves are a little off - 4th shelf angles slightly down and 5th shelf up - but it's not glaringly obvious. The finish looks great and it doesn't seem to ding, flake, or scratch too easily.

Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and highly recommend this product!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
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Shelf is fairly sturdy and holds my decor with no problem. I placed a few board books on them but they were just barely too tall to be able to stand up so I had to lay them down on the shelves. Pretty easily assembled however some of the wooden dowels didn't seem to fit properly, some of the holes that were drilled seemed a bit too big, which I've seem a lot of other reviewers say. For the money, I'm happy with it. I just needed something small and not too fancy for the space and it serves its purpose. If the space I wanted it in had been bigger I would have spent more money for something bigger and nicer. But it looks good so I'm happy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
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So... the first time around... I assembled it wrong. As soon as I put books on the third shelf from the top, it started cracking on the side...
I figured it out after looking at the product picture online. Apparently I put the legs on the wrong side. (that said, it still should not have cracked!)

I thought it was my fault and remade it...
Then I looked at the instructions again...it tells me to put G on the left side of A, and H on the right side...
The only way that would happen is if the shelf is facing backwards.

To assemble it right, I had to switch the left leg with the right leg...now the shelf stands up straight...except there are cracks on the side of the third shelf and the bottom leg (small piece of wood) is loose with broken bolts.

It did provide a good use case for my newly purchased Angry Bird duct tape though (Duck Brand 281512 Angry Birds Printed Duct Tape, 1.88-Inch by 10 Yards, Single Roll)...

In summary, the shelf probably worth $20. It definitely should not be as expensive as it is ($62).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
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I thought the ladder was to cheap. We returned it because it was falling apart when we put it together.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
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I was happy to find this online as I had been eyeing something similar in a furniture store but it was much more expensive. Of course, I had to assemble this myself but it was easy enough to do and was definitely worth the savings. I bought two of these and after I had assembled the first set, I didn't even need the instructions anymore for the second set.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
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I generally haven't any problems when ordering from this seller, however this was an awful job. The box was a piece of crap and multiple shelves were dented with the side panels completely broken with multiple parts missing. I'm pretty unhappy overall with this product, as the wood has more than "Minor cosmetic" issues on the sides etc. I don't have the time nor the patience to send this back, but I am attaching photos just to prove what it looked like fresh out of the box. Aside from the minor imperfections such as pre-drilled holes not aligning perfectly (which is to be perfected), the damage to the integrity of the shelves makes it very hard for me to be happy with this product.
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