Sterilite 01558501 5-Shelf Unit with Light Platinum Shelves and Legs
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- Heavy duty 5-shelf unit ideal for storing items typically found in garages, basements and other utility areas
- Made of plastic with rugged tubular construction; platinum color
- Ventilated shelves, with each shelf capable of holding up to 150 pounds
- Assembles in less than 10 minutes and requires no tools
- Measures 36 by 18 by 75-1/8 inches (LxWxH)
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Sterilite 01558501 5-Shelf Shelving Unit
5 Shelf Shelving Unit
Organize your closet, storage room, garage or basement with these versatile shelving units. Easy to assemble and made of heavy duty plastic to last. Shelves are designed to accommodate Sterilite Shelf Totes.
Sterilite Shelving Units
Modular in design, Cabinets, Shelving, Drawer Units and Shelf Totes offer a clean , coordinated look and are rugged enough for the garage, basement and attic environment. Items are heavy duty, store efficiently and will not dent, chip, peel or rust. Shelving and Cabinets assemble easily in minutes without the use of tools.
For 75 years, Sterilite products have helped make life a little easier for organizing and reducing clutter in millions of homes, schools and offices. We produce a wide range of products from food storage containers, dish drainers, laundry baskets, and waste items to storage boxes, drawer carts, shelving units, and cabinets. Sterilite is the preferred brand of consumers for storage and household products, offering the attractive, high quality products they want and need.
- Unit: 75.18H x 36W x 18D
- Unit Weight: 29 lbs
- Made in the USA
- Heavy Duty Contruction
- No Tools needed
This Sterilite 5-Shelf Shelving Unit provides ventilated shelves along with rugged tubular construction that helps keep items dry, reduce odors and prevent mildew. Rugged, reinforced shelves hold up to 150 pounds each for a total storage capacity of 750 lbs. Shelves are curved in front with a recessed storage tray for small items. Flat back panels fit flush against the wall so no space is wasted. Unit is easy to assemble without tools. 73.25 H x 36 W x 18 D.
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Assembled, it has a nice look. The 150 pound limit per shelf is staggering considering it is made of plastic and marketed for non-industrial use. The color of the material is neutral and nice while the physical properties of the plastic are excellent. These combine hardness vs. softness for maximum static strength perfectly. (Some manufacturers make storage racks like this too brittle allowing for minimal deformation under load. However, this brittleness, inherent in the material, makes them easily broken.) Sterilite has balanced both to make a shelf hard enough to maintain form under load but soft enough to take dynamic stress without breaking.
Proper assembly takes about a half hour. There is one simple diagram on the rack banner that shows how it should be put together. No written description is given or needed as assembly is so simple, a child could do it. I do however have several suggestions for proper assembly listed below.
Starting with the bottom shelf on the floor, place four vertical posts into the four corner holes smaller side down as shown on the supplied diagram. You can try to push them in using your strength, but I used a hammer, a block of wood, and a sock placed between the wood and the top of the post to prevent damage to the post. Once placed into the top of the hole, just tap the post into place until it bottoms out. After all four posts are tapped down into position, measure the height of the posts from shelf-top to assure consistent insertion. If there are some that are higher than others, keep tapping the higher ones firmly until all have equal height.
Then place the next shelf onto the four posts. Position the corner holes over the posts and begin to push down on the shelf working around the four corners halfway at a time. When reasonably seated, put a cushion like a folded towel on top of the corner holes and strike them with your hand to finish seating them (if necessary).
Keep checking post height and floor to shelf-top height all the way up to the fifth shelf so you know the all posts and shelves are properly seated. After you are satisfied that assembly is complete, place the unit onto a level area of your floor. If the floor is not level, you can position leveling blocks under the four post corners where the unit contacts the floor. (Leveling the rack can be especially important if you are going to place relatively heavy loads on the shelves.) Before you know it, you're done and in possession of a very nice piece of engineered home-storage utility shelf unit.
They arrived very quickly...the first order in three days and the second in two. They are exactly as pictured, well packed with no missing parts.
They come with well written instructions that are really unnecessary. Assembly was intuitive and easy. The instructions say no tools are necessary, but the support posts are a very tight fit and you'll need a persuader to fully seat them in the shelves. A large rubber mallet would be perfect, but absent that a block of wood and 16 ounce framing hammer worked for me. They're quite sturdy, stable, and line up perfectly with each other sitting end to end along the back wall of my storage room. No need to connect them to each other or anchor them to the wall. My walls and floors are square, plumb, and level. Your mileage may vary on that issue.
They're rated to hold up to 150 lbs per shelf. Mine are loaded with boxes of paper files and photographs, several boxes of vinyl record albums, and a few toolboxes full of hand tools. Add to that bins full of camping equipment, gardening tools, and miscellaneous household items and I believe I've got them loaded at, or very near capacity. They're holding up just fine with no sign of sagging or instability.
If I need to expand my storage I won't hesitate to buy more of these.
The exact same item is for sale at Walmart, of all places, at less than one third the cost of this item. I will be checking prices much more diligently from now on...
NOTE: Feb. 06, 2013
I just received another email alert from Amazon and it seems this very shelving unit is again up for sale at the ridiculous price I paid for it. Please be aware that it can be be had for half the price at Walmart. Don't throw money away like I did.
NOTE: July 21, 2013
I have finally recovered enough from my injury to assemble these shelves and am very happy with them except for one (1) problem...I'm missing four (4) of the upright posts for the last shelf. Am I out of luck here now??? Does anyone have any suggestions?? I could sure use some help with this...
NOTE: July 29, 2013
It took one call...ONE CALL!!...to Amazon, who contacted the manufacturer, to get this whole thing taken care of. A wonderful Amazon Customer Service Rep. named Kristine listened to the story and immediately made contact with both the seller and the manufacturer. Early this morning I received an email from Kaitlin, at Sterilite, informing me that the missing parts were being sent. She followed up soon after with a phone call to confirm that the parts were being shipped this afternoon. I may have initially complained about the price but customer service like this is "PRICELESS"...Thank you Amazon (Kristine) and thank you Sterilite (Kaitlin)...
1. strong and light, the shelves have more of a corrugated pattern going on than a grid surface.
2. putting it together is insanely simple: there are 4 legs to a shelf, you insert them into the holes on the shelves, add another shelf, repeat till done.
3. because of the modular design, you could install as many or as few shelves as needed.
4. when not up, the legs store within the shelves and the shelves stack
5. height- this is tall (most people will need a chair to assemble it if they start standing)
1.the amount of force required would lend itself to being assisted by a rubber mallet, it will hurt your hands if you bang it together, but you can do it
2.there are no covers to the leg pipes, this means if you drop something down them, it falls to the bottom.
3. there are no feet, or other devices included to level anything, so you have to take care of that on your own