This is a great little bookshelf, and the price at Walmart could not be beat. I saw this item on other websites for triple the price. I was looking for something that could store my daughter's teddy bear collection, and she wanted them to be "on display." This bookshelf seemed like a good compromise, and I could get the bears off my floor and couches. I had this item shipped to the store. It came in a small compact package (about 3 feet long, and 8 inches wide), which was great because I am short and I drive a small car. My husband assembled the bookshelf in about 20 minutes WHILE watching the football game. It went together very easily with no problems. The shelving unit is true to the measurements on the website and very sturdy. Like most Sauder products, the back of the unit is a thick white cardboard and not particle board. But, if you are handy, I think you could easily reinforce the back with some plywood and screws, and then mount this unit to the wall or attach it a low chest of drawers and make a small credenza. With that in mind, I think we can continue to use this bookshelf as my daughter grows and make it a permanent piece in her bedroom. I know some people complained that the shelves are narrow. I have measured the depth of each shelf - they are 5.5", 6.25", 9.5", top shelf to bottom shelf, without the dowels in place. The bottom shelf has room to spare for a thick adult novel with the dowel. The top shelf fits adult paperback books with the dowel. I think my daughter could easily use this for school supplies and small textbooks as she gets older (especially if we remove the dowels). It is currently holding 8 stuffed animals of small/medium size, and I have room for at least four more if I squish them a little. Overall, I highly recommend this item - I think it looks great in her room!
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