Top critical review
Good value for money as long as you are prepared to do some D-I-Y.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2016
I would have liked to have given these three and a half stars., I bought six of them and, overall, I am reasonably happy with the purchase but they take time to put together - a lot of time! This is mainly because things don't fit. The front part of the frame, which gives the unit its rigidity, is fastened to the sides and top with dowels. The dowels don't always fit the holes, even when you swap them around to try to match sizes. In some cases, they are too large for any hole and have to be trimmed down before they can be driven in; in other cases, they are too small to give a tight fit in any hole and have to be glued in. The holes in the front frame are sometimes also misaligned with the holes in the sides and top so that they are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to line up. There are eight dowels to each unit and it is not the end of the world if a couple of them have to be left out, provided that they are not adjacent to each other. In one case, however, so many were misaligned that the unit had to be sent back. The price was refunded promptly and without quibble so the customer service cannot be faulted. It is true, as other people have said, that the shelves will not support the weight of a shelfful of books. This is easily cured by screwing through from the outside of the bookcase into the sides of the shelf. Two 25mm or 30mm wood screws on each side of each shelf will do the trick and they will then support any weight you care to put on them. Drill through the indents that have been provided to take the pegs of the shelf supports and then get someone to hold the shelf in place while you screw through from the outside. I have the units in a line along one wall so the screws in the sides don't show but if you have a free-standing unit you could use the decorative circles that are supplied for the front of the unit to hide the screw heads, fixing them in place with Super-glue. The units are quite deep and stand steadily on the floor, so they don't really need to be screwed to the wall behind, although I have done so as a precaution. To sum up, at the end of the day you get what you pay for and, although these are tricky to assemble, they look, when finished, as though they cost a lot more than they did.