We bought two of these for two different rooms. (They come in at least 3 colors I think and we got oak & white.) The oak one IS slightly darker than pictured, like one reviewer said, and it goes really well with my cherry stuff in our living room. My dear hon put them together and ran into a lot of problems following directions, but nothing got permanently ruined. They configure better than other particle board "furniture" pieces and they look pretty decent, almost as good as a more expensive stand-alone bookcase (built-ins winning in appearance and sturdiness any day, but we rent!). I think for a built-in look if you own a home, you could cut away part of your wall's baseboard and push the bookcase to the wall (anchored with included tool or other means) and it would look great, even better than a built-in if your room doesn't have a great shape for those. It would really up the visual value and be super affordable, still. BUT anyway... I do recommend anchoring these because they might tend to be top-heavy. Also, my hon suggested to load heavier books (or something) on the bottom first and/or let the unit sink into the carpet before loading. The one in the bedroom is used for shoes, all light, so we weighted it with a computer tower for a while to let it sink down - came back and loaded it. I recommend seeing if your local sprawling Walmart has it in stock (or use ship to store, NOT to your home) to combat issues some reviewers had with dented bookcases. We did not have that issue. The box should fit in the back of a car, I read in questions/answers (but we put them in the back of our truck). Our first trip they had sold out of the white we wanted for the bedroom so we just got oak in that trip (and saw how it might work out for my shoes in the boudoir). We read in the answers section here that we can order extra shelves so I can fit much more shoes and more attractively for the one in the bedroom. It's cheaper or comparable in price to shoe racks, but much sturdier than those low priced ones, and with extra shelves, even that much more attractive for shoes! (Solid, not just rods, so more expensive looking.) I recommend. Each shelf holds four pairs and without extra shelves (or fewer extra shelves) can be configured to hold knee-high boots. Tall pumps fit with a LOT of extra height room. One can even present favorite shoes within a taller display.
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