on November 9, 2014
If you are looking for inexpensive DVD, Blu-ray and/or CD storage, this is it!
I bought two of these for my growing Blu-ray and existing DVD collection and have them on either side of a similarly colored desk in my home office.
- Excellent pricing
- Easy setup/assembly
- 6 Adjustable shelves
- 2 Fixed shelves
- Compact (fits in a variety of places, either together or separate)
- Shelves were designed for maximum use by CD cases, not Blu-ray or DVD (even less so for DVDs)
- Excess particle board splintering inside locking cam-bolts(?)
- Instability while putting together can lead to breakage (if you're not careful)
With that, I can say that I am VERY pleased with these units. Despite some reviews stating that they fell apart or were shoddily crafted pieces of junk, I found them quite the opposite. Especially as they are laminated particle board.
As such, here is how I made sure they were as solid as could be:
- Clean out the cam bolt holes of all excess particle board splinters and mis-drilled pieces! (then blow it out with your breath or a can of compressed air to make sure no little pieces are in the holes)
- This allows the cams to fit into their holes properly, assuring a good lock on the cam, when tightened)
- Use glue!
- Specifically in the dowel holes!
- Elmer's glue or wood glue works perfectly.
- Squirt a little bit into each hole that the dowels connect into. (You'll quickly learn how much is needed after the first two) Be sure to keep a moistened washcloth handy to wipe up any extra glue!
- After putting the unit together, be sure to go back one last time and make sure the cam bolts are tight!
- When putting on the backing, the best place to do so is on a set of stairs (at the top, of course) so that the "foot" portion that keeps these units stable is not holding the rest of the unit in the air, creating a break hazard!
on April 10, 2014
For many years now, most of my purchasing dollars have gone through Amazon. Trusted, loyal and faithful has Amazon earned those dollars. Still, I must be cost conscious. As my DVD and Blu-Ray collection has grown over the years, CD's too, we all know the value of these discs. To haphazardly keep these costly cased discs can become problematic to say the least. We cherish them and try to display them, but the few choices from limited companies can be just as costly. Most of us have found out the hard way, that some of said choices are brittle, short-term solutions. Certain ones have big price tags to boot!
Every now and then, a name brand comes along with a quality product that stands the test of time. With a relatively low price and sturdy craftsmanship. Hence the Sauder line. I have years of experience with DIY furniture from IKEA and the like. So to search this type out was a no-brainer. Here on Amazon, was a plethora of Media Storage Units of the DIY style. Some that were wall size and others that fit nooks. With the collection I posses, I required 2 small spacial spots with tower strength. Keeping in mind that SOME things just needed to be seen before purchasing. I read every review from each style Media Storage Unit. Compiled my notes and needed a decision, but wanted eyes on something tangible first.
Many consistencies within most reviews spoke of disproportionate size in actuality vs pictorial on the site. This was a serious point of contention for me. Size is my most crucial interest! I chose to go on the hunt. With notes hand and pics from Amazon, I searched. Many outlet stores offered little. The big box chains had their own brands they partnered with. I suggest you avoid Target like the Plague! The Units they offer were nothing more than a bridge-work-like thing. Horrible.
I walked into Walmart. Wow! I found this very make and model number! I had eyes on it, compared actual size, dimensions and weight. No fears of "crushed boxes in shipping" or "damaged product" via postal carrier. Better yet, there were 5 of these Storage Units available for me to pick from. I took the two I wanted. Figuring the cost in mind prior to the find, I was astonished when I saw the price label. $25 each! With tax, $28! Considering that the posted price here on Amazon is presently $50, my 2 Sauder Media Units cost me just over the price of only ONE here.
Don't get me wrong. I love Amazon and intend to continue to do plenty of business with them in the future. But I must consider keeping as much of my dollars in my wallet as possible. These babies were so simple to assemble. My 12 year old son helped me. He loves these kind of things. Together, it took us just under 1 hour to complete both Units. Fair to several reviewers, some of the shelves were a tight fit. Not enough to be hammered, but they did require a heavy handed blow to get in place.
To date, I have filled both Units from bottom to top, they stood well on BOTH hardwood floors AND carpets. Packaged with the parts items, is an "L" shaped bracket for bolting into the back of the Unit and a wall for a solid support in case one wants a more secure support for the Unit. While I experienced NO tipping or wobbling from either of my filled Units on the hardwood floor OR carpet, some have suggested they did. That "L" bracket is the perfect resolve for that problem. As well, I have not experienced any chipping or splitting of the pressed particle board the Unit is comprised of. I believe that problem is occurring from either manufacturing or improper customer construction. These Media Units, like most all other furniture products, IKEA or lesser quality, is a simple cut of pressed particle board. It needs to be handled with a light but firm touch. If this is done, most chipping and cracking can be avoided.
The cams and covers were easy enough to work with. Maybe a bit cumbersome, but no big deal. The pins and rubber sleeves worked in favor, but again, as the shelves were already a tight fit, the pins might not have been necessary. I filled each Media Unit with 160 Blu-Rays & DVD's. Each Unit holds 40 CD's. More than likely I will need a third Unit for my remaining and growing collection of movies. I have a few older CD Towers, so using these new Sauder's for CD's is redundant. Being so pleased with these Units, I went back to Walmart and purchased another 3! With my overwhelming collection of Blu-Ray's & DVD's, these next 3 will surely be filled in no time at all! Two of these Media Storage Units already sit on my bedroom carpet and proven to be sturdy and well supported with the heaviest DVD's on the lowest shelves. No need to be bolted into the wall. The large base is well enough designed to give proper balance to keep the Units from tipping or wobbling. Be sure to fill the Units with the heaviest, from the bottom-to-top, and you shouldn't have any problems. Treat them right, they will treat your items the same in return!
My point is plainly this friends. I can tell you this from a proven, true source. The Sauder Multimedia Storage Tower is sturdy, durable, stands solidly on BOTH carpet AND hardwood floors. A single Unit holds over 160 Blu-Rays and at least 150 DVD's. As far as CD's, I have not utilized my Units for that purpose so I cannot say. But I am entirely confident that my extremely expensive collection of movies can be beautifully displayed now, for a very long time! Through that confidence, I can tell you this, you will not be sorry with this product! Whether you purchase this here on Amazon or in Walmart for HALF the price, you can trust your collection of choice in this well crafted Media Unit! Sufficed to say, that each of my new Units holds thousands of dollars worth of Blu-Ray's and DVD's!
Hope I have enlightened, Jus B. Cuz
on July 12, 2012
i just looked at the image quick... i thought everything on the shelves were dvd size, but they are mostly CDs in the picture. you'll only get 6 rows of DVDs.
the parts that hold everything together do not lock well... or at all, really. i've put together lots of furniture with cam locks, but these just don't work. the weight of itself standing up seems to hold it together, but if you pull up on it from the middle, it will break into 3 different sections. if it tips at all, it will fall apart.
i'm keeping it... but it could have been much better.