Top positive review
Much, much, much better than expected...
6 May 2017
I have been decluttering my house and I needed to re-do my tiny office space.
First, why did I buy these? Very simple. The price was a major influence because I have so many things to buy and I am on a budget. Second, there are on Prime, so, I wanted them the next day as I did not want to lose interest in the boring chore of spring cleaning.
Believe me, when I received them, my heart sank. I thought, ''Ok, I wanted cheap, so, I got cheap''. I got them in this tiny box. I never could imagine the material for 6 cubes could be in there. Nevertheless, I opened it and out came some kind of square something material and plenty of rods and connectors. I still had no confidence in them when I started assembling them. It is a tedious task to do, each of the shelves needs two rods inserted, and many times, they fell off before I had the chance to put them up together.
Anyway, after I managed to finish putting them up, it took me about one hour, from start to finish, but then again, I am not a DIY person, I was very disappointed. Oh my, they did look so ugly and a bit askew! They looked like they belonged to a warehouse, not a home.
I pushed them against the wall next to my desk, put in a few books and I had these foldable storage box and their look was totally transformed. I even put my printer (it is quite light but still...) on top.
When you look at them now, you would never think they were these cheap, ugly looking shelves. To make sure they would not wobble, I have wedged them between the wall and some drawers and bookshelves.
Oh, I just put a tray on top of the second one and my mug of coffee has no problem staying balanced. Remember, the shelves themselves are not totally smoothly flat as they have rods underneath to make them stronger. But all in all, it is not that noticeable.
Do I regret my buy? no way. One of the best £15 I have ever spend.
I would recommend these to anyone who is on a budget or for a student's room, or a garage or anyone who doesn't want to spend much on storage. It is surprising to realise how ridiculously light they are but can take so much. Obviously, we need to exercise a little bit of caution too, as they are plastic, not wood, so bags of cement are out of the question.
Why only 4 stars? because one of the connectors was a bit broken but I put masking tape and it was ok. I did not want to send go to the bother of sending them back.
Bottom line: never judge a book by its cover but I would like to make a comment to the manufacturer: these shelves would look much better if they were in cheerful colours instead of this dull grey/black colour. They would actually look great in children's room.