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Most Recent Questions
Recent Question:
what is the measurement from the back corner along the wall out. I need to know this for the space I will be using.
Recent Question:
When shelves are evenly spaced, as in picture, what is the height of each shelf? I other words, how tall of a book will it hold?
Recent Question:
If I only used one or two of the baskets would the others be a solid shelf that I could use for nick knacks?
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What is the size of the pegs on each shelf?
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are both the top and bottom of the shelves colored?
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what tools are needed to build this book shelf?
Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder

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Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder

This classic alder bookshelf provides ample storage space for your books, collectables and office supplies. With 3 adjustable shelves, you can customize this 5-shelf bookcase to meet your storage needs.
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Questions & Answers for Mainstays Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder

Question

How much weight each shelf can hold?

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
sunny37
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
The instructions indicate that bottom shelf holds 50 lbs. and the others hold 35 lbs. each.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
totallyorganized
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
On the box it says that the bottom and middle shelves can hold 50 lbs and that the rest of the shelves can hold 35 lbs.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
WomanExtraordinaire
answer 3
see the product details. The bottom can hold 50 lbs. The others I believe 20 - 35 lbs but the manual tell you.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
MzShop3D
answer 4
The bottom and middle shelves can hold 50 lbs. The capacity for the other three is 35 lbs. The very top is not meant to hold anything.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Purple7392
 - WI
answer 5
The middle shelf and bottom shelf can hold 50 lbs. The other 3 shelves can hold 35 lbs.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
winkieunc
 - Cary, NC
answer 6
The top shelf holds 90lbs and all other shelves hold 25lbs
Move your new furniture carefully with two people.
Lift and carry the unit. Never push or drag the unit.
Do not allow children to climb or play on the unit.
If you have any questions you can also call the 800 number on the front of your manual as they will be more than happy to assist you.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
DorelInd
Question

Does this bookcase have to be attached to the wall or is it sturdy enough to stand against the wall

asked 5 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Mine works just fine standing alone against the wall, but it comes with a strap for the top in case you want to attach it to the wall.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Purple7392
 - WI
answer 2
I just stand mine against the wall and it is standing on its own.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Ebonybeauty
 - Bronx, NY
answer 3
It is sturdy enough to stand against the wall if you have small children you may need to attach it to the wall, and if it is standing on carpet, a hard floor is no problem
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
HMae
 - Hinesville GA
answer 4
I am using this as an extra 'cabinet' for my kitchen, in my dining room on carpet. I am not loading it anywhere near capacity, but for safety sake, I would spend the two bucks to get a packet of L-Brackets and attach it to the wall. Better safe than sorry!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
DigiCameraLover
 - Gainesville, FL
answer 5
Depends on your flooring. Mine is on tile and just to be more secure, I fastened it to the wall. Carpeting should be fine
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
jackshn
Question

can you get extra shelves and hardware for this product

asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
seonaid
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Lowes has pre-cut pieces, and trim wood, as well. They also sell the shelf pins. I'm sure you could have extra shelves cut. You just have to sand and paint.
answered 2 months ago
By
hwy54
answer 2
Absolutely! The maker's website, www.ameriwood.com, is the place to go. They can provide anything you need for free.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
7stars
answer 3
Yes, you can call the 800 number on the front of your manual and they will be more than happy to give you a price on extra shelving, hardware and shipping. The price is actually a very decent price.
answered 4 years ago
By
DorelInd
answer 4
Yes you can if you know what you're looking for
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
HMae
 - Hinesville GA
answer 5
Yes. Just go onto the website listed in the assembly instructions and place an order.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
GeneralShopperDotCom
Question

Could I fit folded clothing or linens on these shelves?

asked 3 years, 5 months ago
By
avaxcontrol
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
The shelves are deep enough to put boxes, clothes, a small flat screen tv, books; anything.
answered 10 months ago
By
hwy54
answer 2
I use mine for books, but my daughter uses hers for clothes (sweaters and jeans). She says it's better than dresser drawers.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
emmashopper
answer 3
Absolutely! How you'll have to fold them will of course depend on what you have, but since fabric is generally much lighter than books, there's no reason you can't do it.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
7stars
answer 4
Yes.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
ReturnYourShoppingCart
 - Oklahoma
answer 5
yes it has lots of space for that
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
osorno
 - homestead fl.
Question

Which shelves are adjustable and which are not?

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
LB87
 - Des Moines, IA
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
The unit is assembled in two pieces. the bottom half has it's own top, or shelf. There are 3 other shelves to space as you wish. I can see where two more shelves would be handy...lots of space between shelves.
answered 2 months ago
By
hwy54
answer 2
Of course, the top and bottom are not adjustable. If you look at the picture, the 3rd shelf down is not adjustable. It is fixed to help stabilize the unit.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
emmashopper
answer 3
all are adjustable
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
HMae
 - Hinesville GA
answer 4
Bottom shelf and third shelf up are fixed. Second, fourth, and fifth are adjustable.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
LawStudent13
 - Cambridge, MA
answer 5
The second one from the bottom does not move. The other 3 do.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
Star48
Question

How thick are the shelves?

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
5/8th inch
answered 2 months ago
By
hwy54
answer 2
Slightly thicker than 1 and 1/2 centimeter.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
GorisMommy
 - Tucson, Az
answer 3
5/8 of an inch.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Purple7392
 - WI
answer 4
shelves are thick enough just not hardware makes the shelf very unstable
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
sgg76
answer 5
About 3/4"
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
Twixter
 - Texas
Question

what is the size of the box it is packed in? Will I be able to put this in my car?

asked 4 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, you can put it in the back seat or a hatchback
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
HMae
 - Hinesville GA
answer 2
I am 5-7" and the box comes to about my hip if you stood it on end. I fit it in the trunk of my Chevy Malibu with no problems. I think it weighed no more than 50 pounds - I was able to pick it up from the floor and put it into the cart, and then transfer it from the cart to the trunk. I did have help when I got home, though because I have a small hand truck, but you would have no problem carrying (or "walking" it) it into your house.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
DigiCameraLover
 - Gainesville, FL
answer 3
It is heavy unless you are strong or a man you might need help. I was able to carry it with a shoulder injury with some creativity though. We have a Ford Focus and it slide in the back seat well. Probably will not fit in a trunk unless it has a fold down back seat. The bookcase comes in two seperate sections so the box is shorter than you would think.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Indianapolis, IN
answer 4
With some creativity I was able to put one of these in my car but I couldn't have done it if I had anyone with me. Remember it is 6 feet tall. Also they are kinda heavy
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
By
yrfavnurse
 - Joshua tree Ca
Question

can I get replacement parts?

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
tynme
 - Corning, NY
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Home Depot and Lowes Home Improvement carry those metal pins that support the shelves. In fact, they are stronger and longer than the pins that come with the unit.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
emmashopper
answer 2
Here's the replacement parts page on their website; however, you will need your instruction manual in order to give them the model number and pack date number.

http://www.ameriwood.com/eng/Replacement-Parts
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Purple7392
 - WI
answer 3
Yes you can get replacement parts. There is a 1-800 number on the front of your manual you can call and they will be more than happy to assist you.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 4
Yes, call their 800 number they are great! I was missing a few parts in the box and they sent me a whole new parts packet in a few days.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
RMGB17
Question

Can you fit those wicker bins on each shelf for toy storage?

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
coffeegirlCK
 - upstate NY
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. Lots of space between shelves.
answered 2 months ago
By
hwy54
answer 2
The shelves are 11 1/2 inches deep. I don't know how big the wicker bins are. I'm sure you can find some that will fit.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
GorisMommy
 - Tucson, Az
answer 3
That depends on the size of the bins. The shelves are almost 12 inches deep so you can put a decent amount and variety of items up there.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
tenshime
 - Fort Worth, TX
answer 4
I have one of these in my bedroom, and I have put wicker baskets on each shelf except the bottom, which I use for clothes. So I imagine you could do the same for toys, which would keep them nice and tucked away for a clean room. I would make sure the baskets are no wider than the depth of the shelves in order to keep clean lines and an organized space.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
romanticbook
Question

is there any way of bracing the shelves so that they can hold more weight?

i have one of these book shelves already and the shelves start to bow and give within a couple of weeks, with just a few books on them. i am wondering if i can use them for magazines? maybe some kinda simple brace under the shelves?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Leland, N.C.
on Mainstays 5 Shelf Bookcase, Alder
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have not experienced this problem with this brand. I have braced book shelves by cutting 1x12 into lengths (space between your shelves) and sliding the pieces at mid width. If there is space between bottom shelf and floor, a filler piece would have to be slid under there, as well.
answered 2 months ago
By
hwy54
answer 2
I had shelves that were sagging from weight. I cut some wood strips to length, even a sturdy dowel would work, and set them upright on each shelf right in the middle. I lined the supports right up the center of each of the shelves so they sort of support each other and all the weight. It works fine for me.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
emmashopper
answer 3
Yes, get some metal "L" brackets at a DY store and put under each shelf
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
reorganizing
 - Allen, TX
answer 4
I'm sure that would fix the problem. I have a different shelf that I also bought at Walmart that included an L shaped accessorie that would help it withhold more weight. I'm sure you can find that part at any home improvement store or even Walmart.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
GorisMommy
 - Tucson, Az
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