Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black

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Walmart #: 550894032
Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
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  • Black finish
  • Weight capacity per shelf: 30 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.6"L x 29.6"W x 71.4"H
  • About this item

    This five-shelf bookcase from Mainstays makes a great platform for displaying books, photos frames, collectibles and more.

    Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black:

    • 5 shelves; particle board construction
    • Black finish
    • Weight capacity per shelf: 30 lbs
    • Dimensions: 11.6"L x 29.6"W x 71.4"H
    • Assembly required
    • Model# 43594


    Model No.: 43594
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 11.625 x 29.625 x 71.375
    Origin of Components: Imported
    Walmart No.: 550894032

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    Customer Reviews | 48 reviews | 2.4 out of 5

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    Customer review by CKathome

    4.0 stars by CKathome

    I am going to come into this review stating the obvious: these are NOT top of the line shelves. They are less than $30 a piece and made of MDF with a laminate. They are not solid wood and carved by a little old Italian guy with a wood planer and whittling knife. Be reasonable. What they are is cheap shelving that has held up to the last 4 years of wear and tear (with now 3 kids) with a little maintenance here and there. I will address some of the concerns and complaints people have had of the shelves and what we have done with them. Our shelves (we have 3 of the tall 5 shelf ones and 3 of the smaller 2 shelf ones) have a variety of uses in our house. The tall ones are mostly for books and some breakables on the top shelf and top, our smaller ones are used as shoe storage in the foyer, fabric storage in the sewing room and cookbook storage in the kitchen. WARPING: The tall ones are sporting some fairly heavy text books on the bottom 2 shelves in all 3 units. My husband is a software engineer so as I said...heavy books. The bottom shelf has managed to hold their weight just fine as it has lots of structure support from the frame, the second to the bottom shelf warped a bit after about a year of storing them, though not badly. We solved this warping issue when we moved (we have moved 3 times with these units) by screwing down through the shelf with black headed screws to fix a 1"x1" beam the long way to the center of the shelf bottom. So far the pegs have held up just fine to the weight. STABILITY: Even the best solid wood shelf will wobble a bit until it is loaded some, unless it weighs a ton already. We like that these are easier to move because they don't weigh as much as a bus. We didn't test the stability until be loaded the bottom shelf. Once we did that they wobbled very little. It is worth noting that with 3 climbing monkeys (kids) we decide to use brackets on the top to join the 3 shelves together for added stability since we can't bolt them to the wall (we rent a townhome and the studs are hard to find). We had considered even screwing them together with black headed screws instead, but opted against it for now. BACKING: Yes, it is black cardboard. Thin cardboard at that. It tends to tear from the nails you use to keep it on if you are repeatedly hitting the back of it or moving them a lot as the pressure or torque of doing so bows the cardboard. My advice is to use ALL the nails they give you to fasten the cardboard. It will support it better and make sure your selves are squared up to the cardboard before you start nailing. Tape it in place on each side to keep it in place while you nail it on and nail it in place starting at the middle of each side. Put the nails in only half way first and check to make sure it stayed in place before driving them in the rest of the way. It's worth noting that we like the selves enough that we are planning to replace the cardboard with wood when we move again. This will increase the stability we expect because it will increase the overall weight. We are also planning to prime and paint the new back a really dark dusty plum to give the shelves a little pop of color behind the books and decor. Most people don't want to add this kind of work onto such cheap shelves but they work for what we need and they look nice enough to be worth this little bit of effort considering they have lasted us 4 years already. Even taking into account the screws, 1"x1" and brackets we have still saved a lot of money in comparison to the next shelf option this size. We also plan to paint the bottom of the lower selves (they are not laminated on the bottom of the lower shelves) and the 1"x1" bracket to make it blend more but we are waiting until we move again (in a couple months) to do so as we will have more room to do it then. We also painted the unused holes for the pegs to make them more invisible. It has worked out really well. We find that a black permanent marker works really well for filling in any tiny nicks or scuffs our kids put in the edges of the shelves and sides. Overall, these shelves have saved us a ton of money and we have had relatively little to complain about considering. We would recommend them to anyone who wants a cheap shelf option and especially to anyone who would be willing to put in a bit of extra work that would increase the quality of these shelves considerably for very little additional monetary investment and a couple days of time. I will add a post to this or a new post once we get the shelves repainted with the new back, but it may not be until we return from our overseas transfer (2 years) depending on time constraints.

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    Customer review by mamabearof5

    5.0 stars by mamabearof5

    Bought 2 of these to hold all of our homeschool materials. Both are roomy, easy to put together and look nice in our homeschool area. I homeschool 6 children, and these hold all of our stuff!

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    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
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    Met my $30 expectations.

    Customer review by Phimuspirit

    4.0 stars by Phimuspirit

    I just moved into a small apartment and needed book cases. After reading the reviews, I was a little unsure, but went for 2 anyway. I am a 5'4" average single woman. And my doctors say I shouldn't be lifting heavy things. They had them at my store, and I needed assistance to get them into my cart then car. Thank you, kindness of strangers. To get them into my place, I opened the boxes and took them up trip by trip (to be careful not to strain myself). I was prepared for the cardboard backing. I didn't have high expectations for a $30 piece. Though it would have been helpful to have a second person to help me put it together, I did it all by myself. My biggest issue in all honesty was figuring out the directions. There were no words... only pictures. I had to lay everything out on my floor to see the big picture before I started assembling. But once I saw how everything fit together it was smooth sailing. I didn't have an issue with the holes not being drilled where they needed to be. The "wood" is delicate, so be careful as you are piecing it together. Overall, I am happy so far with my purchase.

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    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
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