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Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black

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Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black

This Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase provides ample storage space for your books, collectibles and office supplies. With two fixed and three adjustable shelves, you can customize this piece to meet your storage needs. This adjustable-shelf bookcase comes in a sleek and sophisticated black color that is sure to complement most your home or office decor.
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Questions & Answers for Mainstays Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black

Question

How much weight can one of the adjustable shelves hold?

I would like to put a 19" flatscreen tv on a bookshelf, would this be able to hold one? Thx
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
By
MaddyZoe
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
4 answers
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answer 1
It definitely would, but if you wanted to put it high up, you would want this shelf attached to the wall.

On a side note, for those who have heavy books to put on these shelves, make certain that you flip the adjustable shelves every year or so to negate bowing, because they definitely will bow.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
Simulana
answer 2
According to the instructions, the adjustable ones hold 35 pounds and the fixed ones hold 50 pounds.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
Cristititi
 - Miami, FL
answer 3
Although I haven't purchased one yet. my sister did for Christmas. Her dad put it together and just left the bottom shelf off and she was able to put her 26 inch tv on there and it looks great. I have actually been looking on like it in the store not realizing it was a bookshelf until she told me.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
kmacc
 - nc
answer 4
Possibly but I don't trust the dependablity of this bookshelf. I have a small television that is maybe a total of 10" and I had to buy a seperate piece for it because I just do not trust the quality of the bookshelf. Also, The top of the bookshelf is reletively close to the cealing compared to other bookshelfs and therefore it may not even fit.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
mmllr6
 - Irmo, SC
Question

Is this bookshelf supposed to be unfinished on the very top? Even though I put it together correctly, the very top of the bookcase is unfinished! :(

On the very top of the unit, where the safety strap is attached, there is no black finish. It is just raw press-board. Is that normal? I've never had a bookcase like that, and I'm not happy about it.
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
By
Liberty76
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
3 answers
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answer 1
It is supposed to be that way. I was worried about that as well, but no one has noticed. Also, you can always put a decoration on top to disguise it if it really bothers you or perhaps paint it. It is 6ft tall I think so most people only see the underside unless you have an upstairs where people can see down. If that were the case I'd suggest a black paint recommended by a hardware store so it doesn't sink in and a decoration. :)
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answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
caspergrl04
answer 2
Yes, you are correct the top of the unit is just raw press-board. Yes, that is normal as no one can see it, and it keeps down the cost to make and sell the unit. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 3
The top is indeed unfinished for some odd reason. I am not exactly fond of this myself, but the bookcase is pretty tall so it is unlikely anyone will see the top of it. Plus, keep in mind the money you've saved compared to a more quality bookcase... I would rather keep my 40 extra bucks and have an unfinished top! =)
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
By
Bakalady
 - Atlanta, GA
Question

Can i use this to hold my sneakers?

and is this book case taller then me ? im 5'6
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
NewYawkGurl
 - rosedale,ny
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
3 answers
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answer 1
Thats what I bough mine for!! We bought 4 of them and use them as huge shoe & boot shelves.

I am 5'8", & my daughter is 5'5" and they work great for both of us. Yes it is about 6' ft tall
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
LowaD
 - Coachella Valley
answer 2
Yes, its taller than you and you could use it for that purpose if you really wanted to
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
SharonL
 - Virginia Beach, VA
answer 3
this unit is 6' tall. its pretty cheap, poorly made but if your lucky and the unit doesn't break on you, it should hold your sneakers just fine. Tho I wouldn't put anything of value or breakable on the shelves...
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
SweetEm
 - Texas
Question

Will this unit hold canning jars?

jars. Would this product be strong enough?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
CrazyGrammy1
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
3 answers
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answer 1
Depending on the size of the jars. The shelves actually go by weight. The very bottom shelf holds 50lbs. The adjustable and fixed shelves hold 30lbs. This is actually a very sturdy unit and if you need help you can call the 800 number on the front of the manual. They do not assemble the whole unit on the phone with you, but they are very friendly and helpful. If a part is damaged they will also send that out without any problems.
answered 4 years ago
By
DorelInd
answer 2
I wouldn't recommend it. The quality of the wood is really poor. It wouldn't be a good thing if all of your canned jars were ruined due to collapsing shelves. You may want to consider a metal/wire framed shelving unit for your jars.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
transpolt
answer 3
Yes.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
CinnamonBear
 - New York, NY
Question

so how can i order it

it just says prices may vary but it wont let me order it
asked 4 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
3 answers
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answer 1
When it just has the price & wont let you order, it means it is out of stock at the moment. If you wait a couple of weeks & check again, you should be able to order it with no problem
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
LowaD
 - Coachella Valley
answer 2
It's only available in stores.
answered 4 years ago
By
ambreezyy
 - New York, NY
answer 3
You can order it online and for shipping, choose ship to store. They will ship it to a store near you for free.
answered 4 years ago
By
BigSavor
Question

What is the finish on the book case

I am looking for a black shinny finish, I'll I can find is the black matte oak finish that I don't want.
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
By
KellyLJ
 - Kent
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
It's not shiny like a gloss, it's pretty much a matte but it cleans easily.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Jesse148
 - Winter Haven, Florida
answer 2
The Sauder bookcase did not have an oak grain finish...I needed the oak grain...so I returned it when I picked up at site to store. But I wouldnt say it was shiney....shiney to me is a lacquer finish. it was a strait flat laminate finish...
answered 5 years ago
By
xshopaholic
Question

what is the most important feature to consider while fitting this bookshelf?

asked 5 years ago
By
Zams
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
What you will be placing on the shelves. remember, heavier on the bottom and lighter on the top. Helps with stability as well.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Jesse148
 - Winter Haven, Florida
answer 2
The location of the fixed shelf.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
By
DorelInd
Question

Do you have to use the back on this to make it sturdy. I need a book shelf that is open from both sides.

asked 4 years, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes. You must attach the back to keep the unit from leaning. I have four of these in my home office. I tried leaving the back off the first one I put together to have it open from both sides. Didn't work.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
DivaGranny
 - Stillwater, OK
answer 2
I would recommend using the back, mostly for the top half to keep the adjustable shelves in place. However, you could always give it a try since it's really inexpensive...
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
TaterQueen
Question

lost parts

I bought this over a year ago and have just now found room to set it up. Problem.. Ive moved cross country and now have maybe half of the nails/screws/other parts that i need. I have all the boards but thats pretty much it. How can I get more of the screws and little plastic things?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
By
Lexy8302
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
If you are needing to purchase parts for your unit you can call
800-489-3351. They will be more than happy to assist you with your hardware.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 2
I would take the nails, screws, and other parts to home depot and see if you can get some help in matching up to similar sizes/items.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
SharonL
 - Virginia Beach, VA
Question

I didn't get any intructions with my shelf how can i get them?

I didn't get any intructions with my shelf how can i get the intructions?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Christie2009
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
You can get a manual by either calling 1-800-489-3351 or going to the web site which is www.ameriwood.com/parts
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 2
Depends on if you got it online or at the store. If, from the store, rather than just drag it back to the store, I would call them to see if they have it in stock, then I would go there, ask them to open it, make a copy of the directions for you on their copy machine in customer service and there you go ! Sure, they may look at you like your weird, but I don't really care, I would rather do that then take the bookcase back to the store as it is very heavy.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
SharonL
 - Virginia Beach, VA
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