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Most Recent Questions
Recent Question:
Is this unit sturdy? I want to put a glass collection it.
Recent Question:
can you sit on the book shelf if it sits horizontally on the floor?
Recent Question:
What are the actual dimensions of this bookcase?
Recent Question:
Would it be safe enough to hold a tv on the top?
Recent Question:
Are the shelves movable or are they fixed in place?
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What is the size of the pegs on each shelf?
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I'm confused, but that is not unusual
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Is the back of the shelving unit also finished, or is it the raw particle board?
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Do you think it is sturdy enough for cookbooks?
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What is the height of each shelf? I want to put a 14inch speaker in the second shelf.
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, 9 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, 3 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, 8 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, 9 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, 11 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, 9 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, 11 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, 6 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, 10 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, 6 months ago
By
SweetEm
 - Texas
Question

so how can i order it

it just says prices may vary but it wont let me order it
asked 4 years, 1 month 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, 10 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, 1 month ago
By
BigSavor
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, 1 month 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, 2 months ago
By
transpolt
answer 3
Yes.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
CinnamonBear
 - New York, NY
Question

How can I buy extra pins and an extra shelf?

asked 4 years, 11 months ago
By
drbran
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, you can purchase extra shelves and shelf supports. If you call the 800 number on the outside of your manual the customer service dept. will be more than happy to assist you. As well if you are having problems with your units staying together or have any questions or need assistance for anything they will be more than happy to assist you as well.

Thanks
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
By
DorelInd
answer 2
You can buy extra pins at lowes and you cant buy an extra shelf. You have to buy another bookcase. To be honest i would recommend buying a different product considering how cheap it is.I have bought 2 already and both have fallen apart. Can NOT put books on them it will break from the weight.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
By
lovepeace2009
Question

How large is the box from the store that it comes in?

asked 4 years, 11 months ago
By
amyjg
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
its a pretty big box..I was very glad we weren't in my small car..it had to go on the back of my husbands truck.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
CupcakeCourtMom
 - Georgia
answer 2
The box is pretty big... you would most likely not fit it in the standard sedan's trunk, but it will fit across any backseat. We put two of the boxes in the backseat of our sedan, and it fit fine. What you need to consider is the weight. Very heavy box!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
By
Bakalady
 - Atlanta, GA
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 5 years ago
By
DorelInd
Question

Does it come in other finishes, like oak?

asked 4 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
I've seen this product in black, white, and alder (wood tone). I chose the black also.
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answered 4 years, 9 months ago
By
caspergrl04
answer 2
I seen the same shelf in a oak color but I choose the black
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
By
kewing0007
 - Bremen
Question

Can the bookshelves stand alone?

I want to use them as a room divider...will they fall down?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
By
micky222
on Mainstays 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
If you chose to use them as a room divider I would suggest to weigh down the bottom with heavy things and never to put anything to heavy toward the top shelves, as well as make sure the floor is level.

They are sturdy, but stand alone without the weight on the bottom, they are sure to get tipped over by something simple. Also that back board is rather thin, you may want to purchase some extra nails (small) to reinforce it, so there is no bubbling.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
LowaD
 - Coachella Valley
answer 2
It depends where exactly you have them at....i.e. heavy traffic, kids, type of flooring. These bookshelves aren't super sturdy versus going with one of those expensive wooden ones. The material looks to be made of compressed wood, and the bottom of the bookshelf doesn't have the support to keep it from toppling backwards if someone bumped into it pretty good. Hope this helps any.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
NavyVet
 - NC
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