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What is the height to the top of the "fixed"center shelf?
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do these come assembled, its only two pieces
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Can a 25 inch TV be put on the top shelf? Thank you for your time.
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if i purchase 2 of these and the one with doors at the bottom will they fit side by side together to look like one unit?
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Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black

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Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black

This classic 3 shelf bookcase provides ample storage space for your books, collectables and office supplies. With 2 adjustable shelves you can customize this bookcase to meet your storage needs.
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Questions & Answers for Mainstays Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black

Question

Do either of the websites with assembly instructions for this bookcase exist?

http://search-manual-online.com/mainstays-furniture-instructions-manual.html (assembly instructions and owners manual in PDF form)

RidgewayRTA.com(Video clip showing assembly)
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can call 800-489-3351 and have a manual emailed to you or you can go to www.ameriwood.com/parts to order the manul. Please make sure to incluce the upc code found on box when requesting your manual.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 2
Our bookshelf came with instructions. Didn't need to visit website so I'm not sure. It was easy to put together. My husband constructed it within 15 min.
answered 4 years ago
By
SweetCarolineInMichigan
answer 3
No, I tryed to call and go online, the companies do not exist.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
mommaofallshoppers
 - Concord, CA
Question

Can I assume that the 2 adjustable shelves are the middle ones? I want to make this a 2-shelf bookcase, with 2 equal size shelves. Is this possible?

asked 4 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It is possible only if you have a drill and puncture your own holes at mid level. For each of the 2 shelves you have 3 adjustable heights. So if you do opt to have a two shelf bookcase, one of the shelves will be slightly less than half in height.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Chillienin
answer 2
Yes, you are right, the 2 middle shelves are adjustable.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Pebbles98501
 - Olympia
answer 3
I believe this is possible. The adjustable shelves can be put almost anywhere within the frame of the shelf itself... there are holes evenly spaced up the sides of the shelf where the pegs go. The shelves rest on top of the pegs.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
syrferchyk
 - Philadelphia, PA
answer 4
yes this is possible.. Two adjustable shelves are ready to move anytime.. They are easily pot in attachments provided. though the 2 shelves might not be equal size.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
RobinHoodTouchWood
 - Sunnyvale, CA
answer 5
Yes the 2 adjustable shelves are in the middle. You can move them to suit your needs as there are extra holes on the inside of the bookcase you can use.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 6
Yes, the two adjustable shelves are the middle ones. The interior distance from the bottom shelve to the top shelve is 27". At 13 1/2" there are holes drilled for the support pegs and a shelve to be placed there. At this point you would have the bottom shelve, the middle shelve and the top shelve, all evenly spaced. I hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
Regolith
 - Vancouver WA
Question

what size package does this come in.

it says its unassembled, does it come in a packege as separate peices of wood?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes - it comes in separate peices of the particle board. The package size is about as tall as the bookshelf, and probably about 6-10 inches thick. (I'm answering from memory, answer is not approximate)
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
syrferchyk
 - Philadelphia, PA
answer 2
It comes in a pretty big box, but it was small enough to fit in my cart at the store. All of the wood is in separate pieces, but it's pretty simple to assemble.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
MrsFox529
 - Jacksonville, NC
answer 3
Yes, this comes as 6 boards and 1 cardboard packed together. would need tools like scredriver and hammer to assemble it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
RobinHoodTouchWood
 - Sunnyvale, CA
answer 4
perhaps 3ft.x5ft card board box
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
hariahjumpsfast
 - Phila. PA
answer 5
It comes with the two side boards, the top and bottom boards, two shelf boards, a bottom decorative piece of wood, the back board (cardboard) and the screws and other pieces. You need a philips screwdriver and hammer. All the wood pieces are separate individual boards with the holes all pre-drilled except for cardboard backboard.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Deldude
answer 6
yes, but they are easy to assemble.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Coastalretreat
 - Jacksonville, FL
Question

Can I mount/ attach this bookcase to a wall to prevent it tipping or being pulled over?

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - APO,AE ( Germany)
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't recommend that. The back is not sturdy enough to support the weight of the bookshelf that way. There's no reason it should be topheavy enough for that to be a problem to begin with.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
DonnaLovesToRead
answer 2
We attached ours to the wall with a childproof no-tip product.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Mommaof3boyz
 - Indiana
answer 3
You can purchase wall straps that prevent it from tipping over. They are pieces of strap that screw to the edge of the bookshelf and then screw onto the wall. Then if a small child climbs on it, it will not tip over. They are called earthquake straps. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FJP24U/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0000V073O&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0Z974T5XSG1HZ28E0PBG
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Pebbles98501
 - Olympia
answer 4
You probably could but be sure to attach it to a stud. You'll still need to be conscientious of the weight involved because this is not real wood.
answered 4 years ago
By
SweetCarolineInMichigan
answer 5
Yes, you can. If your unit didnt come with a saftey strap kit you can call the Company at 1.800.489.3351 and request one be sent to you.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 6
This bookcase can be mounted, but you will have to purchase the additional hardware in order to do so.
The bookcase will not handle very long screws as each board is not more than 1/2 inch or less than 2 cm.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
Kalkidd
 - Anaheim, CA
Question

can each self hold as much as a crate of records?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't believe the shelves are tall enough for full-sized records, but perhaps the smaller ones... 45s, I think is what they're called?
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
DonnaLovesToRead
answer 2
The weight capacity is around 50-60 pounds I believe and the shelves are adjustable I have filled up one of them with records just fine.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
FRAGFOX
answer 3
YES
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
SHOPPINGTIME88
 - Washington,DC
answer 4
The top of the unit holds 135lbs..
The middle shelves hold 30lbs.
The very bottom holds 50lbs
The small shelves on the side (the adjustable shelves hold 15 lbs)
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 5
I believe the end shelves hold up to 16 pounds each
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
wcadj1220
 - Saint Cloud, FL
answer 6
yes this has room for 3-4 cube crates of records its a nice shelf
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
AshWtwins
 - Penn Yan,NY
Question

Taller version

Do you have a taller version of this shelf (H: 37", L 43")?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
momsytina
 - Ledgewood,NJ
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
There is a 5-shelf version, but I'm unsure of how tall it is.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
HerBravado
 - Augusta, GA
answer 2
Yes, there is a 5 shelf. Same width and about 6ft tall
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Tinker496
answer 3
yes they do
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
proshopper619
 - chicago, illinois
answer 4
I bought the five shelf version and it is 72 inches tall.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
magee74
 - New Port Richey, Florida
answer 5
yes i do believe i saw the taller version on this site just type in shelf and the go to black finish
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
AshWtwins
 - Penn Yan,NY
Question

Will this product hold 45 encyclopedia's ?

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
it depend on how tall and thick they are and how much they weight. If they are the size and weight of a comic book, you might get 45 on the shelves.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Bargaineer2Go
 - Matthews NC
answer 2
no maybe about 30
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
AshWtwins
 - Penn Yan,NY
answer 3
The inside of EACH shelf is 28 1/4" wide and 12" deep. Stand 15 of your encyclopedia's together next to each other. Measure the total width across. If it's 28" or less, then you can fit 15 on each shelf - giving you a total of 45 for 3 shelves.
answered 4 years ago
By
SweetCarolineInMichigan
answer 4
Depending on the weight of the encyclopedias. The weight limits are as follows:

Top and very bottom shelf 50 lbs.
Two middle shelves 30lbs
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 5
I doubt it would becaue encyclopedias are pretty heavy. Since this isn't made of real wood, it's not very sturdy.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
1ALT
 - Olathe, KS
Question

Purchased this product and didn't have hardware and the instruction booklet. Anyone know where I can order them from? It might say on the instructions

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
K1mb3r
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
There is just the user manual menu paper no booklet with it. The pictures on it gives you the direction to assemble it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
RobinHoodTouchWood
 - Sunnyvale, CA
answer 2
you need to get ahold of customer care at there number you can find that on this website then eplain to them the problem they will either send you the hardware or send you knew product or return at your local walmart for a new one
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
AshWtwins
 - Penn Yan,NY
answer 3
I would just order another one and return it to Walmart. Free shipping. The stores take products back, so the only thing you're out of is driving to your local store. No hassle.
answered 4 years ago
By
SweetCarolineInMichigan
answer 4
The Company has a number you can call and they will be more than happy to email you the manual and send you the hardware. The number is as follows:

1.800.489.3351
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DorelInd
Question

Can 2 be stacked on top of each other-- strong enough ?

I have he taller version and love it but can not find any more.
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Massachusetts
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
no. that would be dangerous. there is nothing to connect them and the base is not flush to the floor.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
regwil
 - NY, NY
answer 2
I'd say it depends what you're all going to be putting on it. But I think it would be sturdy enough. It sure seems strong except for the back that is just a cardboard piece. But I thought it was heavy and I'd have no problem stacking them.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
nikkicole13
 - Colorado
answer 3
Probably, though it may be rather high.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
SallyMaid
 - Colorado Springs CO
answer 4
I doubt it b/c the bottom has a toe kick...it wouldn't look right. But if you don't care how it looks and don't put too much weight on it, I'm sure it would work fine (you'd just need to secure them together).
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
thousandays
 - Rock Hill, SC
Question

What material is this bookcase made out of? I have one and don't know if I can crackle paint it.

asked 4 years, 10 months ago
By
pbrl
on Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, Black
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I believe it's made out of a heavy particle board. I spray painted mine with flat black paint... I would just put a light base coat on before crackle painting.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
syrferchyk
 - Philadelphia, PA
answer 2
It's particle board (not real wood). Do not crackle paint it unless you prime it first. Not sure if it would work for you but I personally wouldn't do it.
answered 4 years ago
By
SweetCarolineInMichigan
answer 3
The unit is made out of particale board. This unit is unable to be painted. If you have any questions please feel free to call 1.800.489.3351 they will be more than happy to assist you.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
By
DorelInd
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