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  • Overall: 72" H x 24.75" W x 16" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 37lbs

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  5.0 stars
Simple solution for tight spaces - sturdy and well made from Los Angeles, CA on 03/06/2015 – Verified Buyer
This is a heavy wooden shelf unit. It ships as freight and comes very well packed. The instructions are simple, they include all the tools and made it easy for a single person to put it together. Make certain that you decide where you want it and build it right next to the wall you will lean it on. In my case, I put this in our kitchen as an extra plant & book stand. It fills the vertical space without being too heavy, and the small footprint lets you max your floor space. It comes with a support bracket to hook it up to the wall. Don't forget this step - it is heavy and can be knocked down if you don't secure it to the wall. The only thing lacking with this shelf is plastic foot pads to raise thelower wooden bar off the floor - a necessity if you have it in the kitchen or anyplace else where you might want to wash your floor. It will be fine as is with carpet. I like the wood - it is rustic without being too distressed. Glad I decided on this one, originally I was going to buy a more expensive shelf from Room & Board - this is nicer and with all the money I saved, I will probably invest in another one for the other wall. Maybe it'll be a sideboard, a bar or whatever the mood strikes.? I like the fact you can be creative and not be stuck with something that is for only one purpose.
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Beautiful shelves that are sturdy and easy enough to put together from BOSTON, MA on 08/25/2015 – Verified Buyer
I just ordered two of these shelving units and they look beautiful in my home office. I ordered the smoky driftwood finish, and they are a little bit darker than how they appear in this picture but still a beautiful finish. The shelves do not look cheap, as some other leaning units that I've looked at have. Looks like real, solid wood. To put together: the hardest part is making sure the selves are all facing the correct direction (the stickers are very helpful once you figure them out). I was able to put together by myself no problem. As other reviews mention, I recommend not tightening the screws completely tight until you have the unit put together and up against the wall. Once the shelves were constructed I then took the screw driver and tightened all the screws completely. I haven't attached the shelves to the wall since they are SO sturdy and don't feel that they will fall, pets and all. I highly recommend! Pros: Look great and expensive quality, easy enough to put together, VERY sturdy Cons: Smoky Driftwood color is a bit darker in real life than it appears in these pictures, but still beautiful!!
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  5.0 stars
Solid, Sturdy and Stylish ladder shelves! from Seattle, WA on 08/31/2015 – Verified Buyer
Absolutely love this bookshelf - it was super easy to assemble and is very sturdy. The smoky driftwood finish is so stylish and modern; perfectly minimalistic. I was getting compliments on it from friends before I had even finished assembling it! Only took about 20 minutes to put together. So happy with this purchase that I'm buying another one. The ONE, SINGLE thing that I would deduct 0.2 stars for (but I won't) is that the instructions would be just a little bit more elaborate. They consist of just two diagrams that are not as clear as they could be. Pros: Gorgeous finish; easy to put together; durable Cons: Instructions could be more detailed
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Great Looking, Super Sturdy Bookshelf! from Brooklyn, NY on 08/24/2015 – Verified Buyer
I was a little worried that this bookshelf might not be able to hold my books but I was relieved to see that it is very well built and very sturdy. I have two of these and they are both have all but the very top self packed with books. I didn't even need to secure them to the wall or put in rubber pads, etc (I have wood floors). The bookshelves are completely made of solid wood (their all smaller pieces that are finger box jointed together so they're very solid). The finish looks pretty good, the rustic nature of the finish helps to hide some of the not so great workmanship (but what can you expect for this price. Assembly wasn't too difficult but it helps to have 2 people do it. All in all this is a four star bookcase for a 1 star price. Pros: Very solid (a cheap book case that can actually carry books is kind of rare). Great finish. Cons: workmanship isn't very good, but this is (cleverly) covered up by the rustic finish.
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  5.0 stars
Looks so classy! from BROOKLYN, NY on 12/16/2014 – Verified Buyer
Ordered two of the 'burnished brownstone' finish, and they were easy to construct and look very nice. I don't have any kids or pets, so I'm not worried about anyone pulling down the bookshelf, and loaded up with books, it still feels very sturdy. It looks amazing against our brick wall and the leaning away effect actually makes the room feel bigger.
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  4.0 stars
Beautiful ladder bookshelf from Vincentown, NJ on 06/23/2015 – Verified Buyer
I bought two of these ladder bookshelves and totally love them! The color in burnished brownstone is a nice walnut look. I like that the shelves are not the tray style. Assembly was easy. I do agree with other comments on the sticky assembly papers on the back of the shelves. They were very hard to get off and when I used goof off on one of them, the stain came off a bit. And the bottom shelf has a huge white sticker that I decided not to even try to get off. You can't see it once it's assembled, but for such a nice piece, they shouldn't use stickers that don't come off very well. If it wasn't for that, I'd give it 5 stars, or even more. They are beautiful and I would recommend. Pros: sturdy, expensive looking Cons: sticky paper on bottom of shelves is very hard to remove
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  5.0 stars
I'm thrilled. from Amory, MS on 07/28/2015 – Verified Buyer
I searched high and low for this ladder shelf in this "smoky driftwood" finish for our recently redone living room. It is a perfect compliment to our new "reclaimed" wood looking floors. Even my resistant husband is sold on it. And is even thinking about getting another one. Or TWO! LOL
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  5.0 stars
Better than the photos from Denver, CO on 08/18/2015 – Verified Buyer
These bookcases are very sturdy and hold around five boxes of books per case. They are really beautiful. The wood is very warm toned while the aesthetic of the overall case(s) against the wall is quite pleasing, partly due to the cases not reaching to the ceiling, which gives the impression of openness even if the case if filled with books or other items. I really appreciated that from opening the box to setting the case in place against the wall took approximately 20 to 25 minutes and was easily managed by one person. These cases are an incredible value for the price. Pros: Great value, very easy assembly Cons: None
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  4.0 stars
All in All, a nice shelf from Sarasota, FL on 07/14/2015 – Verified Buyer
Was easy to assemble. However if you put something with weight on the bottom shelf, it teeters. even though the screws are as tight as they can be. Not sure if I add some wood glue in the screw holes if that will help keep it from moving, but will try. Looks good and is functional. Just be sure to use the fasteners that come with it and secure the top shelf to the wall then it is very stable. I also added a strip of non-slip rubber (rug padding) under the bottom rail since the shelf is on a wooden floor so it won't slide. Pros: Nice look and very functional. May purchase a second one. Cons: Bottom shelf teeters with heaver objects.
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  4.0 stars
Stylish Bookcase, Looks Great In Person from Los Angeles, CA on 11/04/2015 – Verified Buyer
I'm very pleased with the bookcase! I went with the Smokey Driftwood and it looks just like it does in the photos. Feels stable against my wall and have piles of books on its shelves without issue. That being said, the shelves themselves wobble slightly within the grooves that have been cut out for them within the struts that run parallel to the wall. I wish they would have been cut more precisely, but it only really moves if you press down on either end of a shelf - and even then it's only by a couple of centimeters. Assembly was easy, although the parts were definitely mislabeled. Pros: Looks just like the photos, Cons: Parts were mislabeled, Individual shelves wobble slightly
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Questions & Answers

"Hi, what are the dimensions of each shelf?" — Stephanie
"Hello Stephanie, the dimensions of each shelf are 22.7/8" - 24 3/4" W x 11 3/4" H x 7 7/8" D."
— Kelsey from Wayfair
"Hi, what is the dimension of the space from that shelf to the one below?" — Sharfaye
"Hello Sharfaye, the space from that shelf to the one below is 12 1/8" H x 11 3/4" D."
— Kelsey from Wayfair
"Hi, what is the dimension of the space to the next shelf?" — Martin
"Hello Martin, the space to the next shelf is 12 1/8" H x 13 3/4" D."
— Kelsey from Wayfair
"Hi, what is the dimension of the space to the bottom shelf?" — Kenny
"Hello Kenny, the space to the bottom shelf is 12 1/8" H x 15 3/4" D."
— Kelsey from Wayfair
"Hi, what is the distance from the floor to the bottom shelf?" — Karen
"Hi Karen, the distance from the floor to the bottom shelf is 7 1/8"."
— Samantha from Wayfair