South Shore Smart Basics 5-Shelf 68 3/4" Bookcase, Multiple Finishes

Walmart # 552033132

South Shore Smart Basics 5-Shelf 68 3/4" Bookcase, Multiple Finishes

Walmart # 552033132
The South Shore Smart Basics Collection Bookcases are ideal for your plants, smartphone docking and charging station, Bluetooth speakers, digital picture frame and more. It features 3, 4 or 5 open, practical and accessible compartments, separated by fixed (max weight: 25lbs) and adjustable shelves (max weight: 15lbs). Because of its universal look, you will be able to use it in your home office, family room, living room, playroom, wardrobe and event in the garage. They are available in three sizes and multiple finishes. About South Shore: Some people bring their work home with them, but the designers at South Shore are more inclined to bring their home to work. They grapple with the same design challenges that you do, and that pushes them to create pieces where form meets function, and compliments are always on the table. They have 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing and distributing space all across North America. They are proud to create furniture for the real world and that will help you create the decor you want.

About This Item

  • Features 5 open, practical and accessible storage spaces, separated by 1 fixed shelf that can support up to 25 lb and 3 adjustable shelves that can support up to 15 lb
  • Features 5 open, practical and accessible storage spaces, separated by 1 fixed shelf and 3 adjustable shelves
  • Accessories not included
Adjustable Shelves
South Shore Furniture
Recommended Use
Age Group
Recommended Room
Basement, Family Room, Living Room, Home Office
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Assembled Product Weight
66 lb
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
28.00 x 12.00 x 69.00 Inches
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
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damaged shelves

I ordered 2 of these bookshelves, one shelf was in great condition as I would expect from a new product. It assembled easily and looks great. The other bookshelf.... all of the shelves that were locked in place were scratched on both sides. Deep scratches. I thought about returning them to my local Walmart, but they wouldn't have had a replacement and I didn't want to wait any longer for shelving. For the value, I think it was decent. One shelf was absolutely perfect and I would highly recommend for an inexpensive bookshelf. The other shelf was beat up, scratched and in parts missing the laminate exposing the wood/particle board and I was extremely disappointed and would not recommend. I guess my advice is if you're into taking chances on a potentially good deal then buy this product-- otherwise pay a little bit more and find a different shelf.
Deep scratchesMissing laminate/exposed particle board

Box damaged during shippg - damaged goods.

Bottom end of box was missing foam padding and ends of shelve unit where damaged - due to BAD handling from shipping company.

Good Shelf

It was easy for my dad to put the bookcase together, and it's easy to adjust the selves. I just didn't like that back panel is different from the other boards. The back panel felt like card board.

Package arrived in very bad shape; 1 piece broken

One of the pieces was broken (two big cracks). See pictures attached.
Broken piece 1Broken piece 2

Flimsy cardboard backing, not particleboard

South Shore Smart Basics 5-Shelf Bookcase is advertised as "Manufactured from recycled CARB-compliant laminated particleboard." We assumed this meant the entire product was 100% particleboard. However, when we opened the package, the backing was a long piece of white cardboard, folded into a tri-fold. We contacted South Shore to find out if the real particleboard backing was somehow missing from the package. They insisted the backing was particleboard and even described it as being taped at the folds so it could be opened up into a large 71" x 30 backing. There is no tape anywhere. It is clearly not particleboard. It is cardboard -- bends easily, doesn't look like it will hold up the frame or shelves. They refused to believe that the backing is cardboard. We will return to Walmart tomorrow. The description is misleading and South Shore customer service was extremely unhelpful. Last time we purchase from this company.
We are sorry we could not help you. We have ask for our description to be revised. The back is made of laminated cardboard to reduce the overall weigth of the product. This helps the product travel better to the end destination, The rest of the product is made of recycled CARB-compliant laminated particleboard. Thank you

Basic Bookcase does its job

I have 4 south shore book cases, two 5-shelf and two 4-shelf. They go together pretty fast and with little effort. Reasonably sturdy for a cheap book case, but the shelves do sag just a little when loaded with books as you can see in the photo. They are functionally attractive. The back is cardboard, the shelf pins are plastic, and the price is great. I built a 5-shelf bookcase and it cost me $75 in materials and took hours to cut, paint and assemble. Very sturdy, however. I'm going to purchase 2 more of the south shore 5-shelf units so I obviously can recommend them. I am going to use hardboard for the back and nail it to every shelf, adding about $10 to the cost of each one. If you're looking at bookshelves in this price range then look no further, these will do the job.
Loaded with books and stuff in the basement family room.

Exceeded Expectations by a long shot!

Maybe if you're the kind of person who can afford a real wood book shelf this will be a disappointing buy, but for those of us who actually need to shop at places like WalMart, this is an exceptional product. For a DIY particle and laminate book shelf it is really sturdy, being secured by 12 heavy-duty screws at top and bottom and on the fixed shelf, over 60 nails in the backing, and the cross pieces which add a classy finish as well as durability. For one person alone the assembly is pretty labor-intensive, but it can still be done and probably in an hour or two tops with minimal tools or know-how. All of the screw holes are pre-tapped, extra hardware is included, and the pictographic instructions are easy to follow. The only real potential for frustration is nailing on the back straight. I did have some issues with shipping, but nothing that seemed indicative of more than a one-time problem and it did serve to highlight how well packaged this product is. Even with the obvious mistreatment of my package, the pieces didn't get a scratch in the well-stacked, tightly shrinkwrapped, and padded box. The only real con- barely- is that there is some very minor bowing to the shelves at well above the recommended capacity, but there is no indication that will get any worse or that they will give out. Even without the wall bracket (also included and recommended) the shelf is well-balanced and true, does not lean even against the wall and on carpet.

Great Value!

I was looking for inexpensive bookshelves that would show off my collectables rather than the shelves themselves. My living room is relatively dark, so I applied a light colored contact paper to the back panel before nailing it on. It reflected the available light and made everything stand out perfectly. I like these shelves so much (I bought 3) that I'm going to buy one more to balance the room. As far as ease of putting them together; it took me longer with the 1st one, and I screwed the top shelf on upside down (not clear in the instructions), but easy to correct. The other shelves went together in about 15 min myself.
I think satin finish contact paper would have been better than glossy

Boards curved down 1-1.5 inch

The boards were so weak and 10 out of my 12 boards on 4 shelves curved down 1-1.5 inch after using for 3 months. If you want to store books on South Shore Book Shelves, think twice.

This product is a good value

It was easy to put together, great directions, very sturdy and ended up looking great. It was well packed for the mailing and nothing was dinged at all. The storage bins are perfect as well and were a great price. Finally organized!!
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