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|Product Type: Storage rack||Material: Manufactured wood; Metal|
|Solid Wood Construction: No||Number of Items Included: 1|
|Drawers Included: No||Exterior Shelves Included: Yes|
|Cabinets Included: No||Media Storage Type: CD storage; DVD/Blue Ray storage|
|CD Capacity: 1080||DVD Capacity: 504|
|Wall Mountable: No||Eco-Friendly: Yes|
|Product Care: Wipe clean with a dry cloth||Country of Manufacture: China|
|Assembly Required: Yes||Additional Parts Required: No|
|Product Warranty: 1 Year limited|
|ISTA 3A Certified: Yes|
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Good value but room for improvement
Neil from , – Verified Buyer
This storage unit is not stable unless you fasten it to the wall (using the supplied hardware). If you do not fasten to wall, it is much too wobbly and could easily fall if you (or a dog) bumped against it. The wall fastening is not optional for this unit-- it is required! The assembly instructions are pictorial, but it is easy to mess up the assembly unless you very carefully follow the pictures. The instructions do not say, for example, "This shiny side up" or "Note where holes are relative to edge". I really had to examine the pictures to figure out the orientation of the various parts when I proceeded to assemble it and got to a point that it didn't make sense. Parts will assemble together that are not really supposed to go together. The unit uses a few cam-like hardware connectors (similar to those used on Sauder furniture). But, the unit remains wobbly because the design uses too few of these cam connectors. The base, for example, is simply screwed to the vertical supports with 4 screws on the bottom. And, you really should recess these screws by chamfering the holes on the bottom. Otherwise, the bottom screws will protrude and cause even more wobbling -- not to mention that they will dent/scratch your floor. It would be nice if the adjustable spacing for the shelves were more closely attuned to the size of standard DVDs, CDs, VHS, and Disney VHS. To accommodate some items, you will find that you must leave more space between shelves than is wanted. If the holes were spaced closer, you could better arrange your media. (But, this is probably standard spacing on all the storage units.) Given these "downsides", the unit (once assembled) does function well at a reasonable cost. The packaging was good, and all components were in good shape.
I love these shelves!
David from New York, NY – Verified Buyer
My roommate and I have a total of 7 of these shelves, and everybody asks us where we got them because they're absolutely perfect. We live in NYC, and space is extremely limited to say the least, and these shelves do not waste an inch of space. What would make them beyond perfect, in my opinion, would be to have them go even higher, adding another foot at the top for an additional row of dvds or two additional rows of cds, but that's not really a complaint, just a dream, because we've run out of space for shelves, but our purchasing habits haven't changed, so we've just stacking things on top now. The shelves are very sturdy on the ground, no need for wall-mounting, although if you're going to move them from apartment to apartment or house to house, I definitely recommend more than the provides nails along the back support-wall and even taping them down just in case. We've moved them three times over the past 5 years, and they've held up surprisingly well, considering we haven't hired professional movers, didn't use twine or bungee cords, etc. What I love most about them is that they free up a lot of space for other things, since they hold so much, it clears up other areas of the apartment.
Great Organizer, Very Well Priced!
Ms Mary Sue Sagor from Dallas area, TX – Verified Buyer
The only thing I could even remotely call a negative about this is that the spacing of the holes allows too much room at the top of the standing DVDs, which cuts down on the number of shelves available for them. You can only get 21 DVDs per shelf if they are standing I got around this by creating a stack of 14 or 15 with 7 or 8 standing next to them in each section. It only adds 2 or 3 per section, but when you have as many as I do, every little bit helps, when there is only room for 8 shelves (times 3, of course)- it's the difference between storing 552 and the advertised 504...of course, some cases are wider than others, but in general, that is significant. Possibly the holes (for the placement of the shelves) are designed to allow 10 layers for CDs...but they do waste a lot of space when fitting in the movies. OTHER THAN THAT - it is a nice-looking finished piece, does not intrude on the floor space and could almost look like it was a built-in if properly placed and I imagine that if you have enough wall space for two of them, it would make an impressive looking wall. The back is sturdier than many other shelving units, which I appreciate. I would get another in a heartbeat if I could rearrange my room to accommodate it. I would warn you that it is VERY heavy- at 4'10 and 67 yrs of age, I could not have handled it by myself, at all, but I am lucky to have a friend whose son put it together for me. He had an electric drill with a screwdriver attachment, so it went pretty quickly...even with conversation, breaks, and having to remove the back and turn it over (be aware of which side you nail down!), it only took a little over 2 hours from starting the process, which included him laying out every item in the box, getting every piece in order, reading the instructions every step of the way, to putting it in place. AND he had to put up with me asking him questions about everything he did, which I am certain added at least 30-45 minutes to his task. All in all, I would definitely recommend this unit to anyone with a large collection of movies andor music. (I put furniture moving sliders under it before placing and filling it, on the off-chance that I want to shift its position at some point. As I said, it is VERY heavy, even empty.)
Wonderful Media Tower Option
Katharine Crandell from Charlotte, MI – Verified Buyer
My Atlantic Espresso Media Tower is beautiful. I had my doubts (along with several other units) when surfing the internet, but this one really shines. All of the exposed "wood" surfaces (other than the back) are covered and every disk has an unobstructed view. I also loved the option to anchor the unit to the wall with the supplied hardware; however, I did not utilize it. Upon receiving the package, some damage from shipping was apparent via a hole near one end of the box (about the width of a couple of fingers). To my surprise, the contents of the package were not disturbed. I gave four stars because the back was a little hard to line up. I didn't have any issues with nails coming through, but I did notice one of the cam locks had slightly ripped out of place after flipping the unit over and standing it up. I'm not sure if I am to blame since I thought the cam lock was tightened enough, but it is a concern of mine. All in all, you can bet that I will be getting one of these if I ever need another media tower. I will just have to remember to use power tools on the screws for attaching the bases to the appropriate walls as well as supporting the middle of the unit when it is faced down.
Cynthia from LIBERTY LAKE, WA – Verified Buyer
This storage cabinet is PERFECT for my DVDs and BluRays. I put it together easily and filled it with all my movies....600 at least..which included sets and series combos. Although I have a small collection of music CDs in the cabinet (because most of my music is on my computer, phone and ipad) I am sure this storage unit would hold tons of CDs. It is sturdy but it needs to be mounted to the wall. I love that it has a small footprint. Mine is installed in an entry hallway and it is convienent and even nice looking.
If you follow the assembly instructions YOU WILL BREAK THIS!
Douglas from Ripley, OH – Verified Buyer
All and all, I did get this put together. The only issue arose when I got to step 8 of the building instructions. In this step they instruct you to "Place the unit face down" to attach the back panels. The issue is the bottom board is bigger than the rest of the shelving unit. When you place it face down, AS INSTRUCTED, the shelf breaks in the middle. To be more precise, the plastic anchors that hold the top and bottom sections together will pull out of the wood. This is pretty inexcusable and I'm sure it happens almost all of the time if the instructions are followed. What I found to do on this step was to get 8 of the 30 adjustable shelves and put 8 under the top board of the shelf and 2 stacks of 8 under the center part of the shelf where the top and bottom sections connect. These stacks under these areas support the thinner part of the shelf so it sets level when flipped upside down. This takes the pressure off of the mid section and should prevent it from breaking apart. After I got the plastic anchors hammered back in and did step 8 in the manner I described above, it went together smoothly. The shelf does look nice and it very good for media storage. I do feel I needed to mark the review down a bit as I find this step in the instructions to be pretty inexcusable.
Functional but flimsy
Brian from Chesapeake, VA – Verified Buyer
This is my third of this particular media cabinet, and while they are functional, they are a bit on the flimsy side. I can see how it keeps the cost down, but assembling must be done very gingerly otherwise the upper & lower halves of the cabinet will separate while tacking on the back panel. Thankfully I don't intend to do anything more than cram all three full of various media, but I do believe that buyers should be aware that the unit is not heavy duty.
Great DVD Storage Unit
James from Rio Rancho, NM – Verified Buyer
I ordered this DVD storage unit with the idea that if I liked it, I would order a second unit. It was reasonably priced and the description of the unit and reviews I read, indicated to me that this is what I needed. It was delivered within 5 days and it was easy to assemble. Although a bit flimsy, it anchors well to the wall and it is sturdy enough to handle 504 DVD's with no problem. I liked it so much that I indeed ordered the second unit. I definitely would recommend this product to DVD, Blu-ray, and or CD collectors.
robert from smithers BC – Verified Buyer
The rack is great.The only thing I would change would be the anchors that hold the screws,they are totally useless and I replaced them with ones that work and had to add wood glue to secure ithem.The unit now looks great and is serving the purpose for which it was bought.Packing could have been more secure and I had to replace studs that hold the shelves as so many were missing through a hole in the cardboard box in which it came.other than that it's fine.
Hit or miss but holds a TON
Sterling from Clifton Park, NY – Verified Buyer
I have purchased 2 of these. The first one got to us in generally good condition with only the parts blisterpack crushed and a visible crushed spot on the front of one of the verticle shelf holders. That aside it went together fairly easily (with 2 people and a power drill) and is a beautiful, sturdy, elegant piece. We ended up with a ton of extra shelves as we are using it for dvd's, but having spare is ok for the future. The second we got was a different story. It came in better overall condition, the parts pack wasn't crushed, and there were no major dings or crushed spots. Unfortunately it seems like they changed the manufacturing process with this one as it felt poorly built. The cams used to connect the top and bottom halves didn't latch properly, one of them shattered when turned, and upon lifting or moving we found none of them help properly. Additionally the laminate on the boards was loosening on the edges of each board, the pre punched holes on the backing board were not all punched right. In both cases I had to drill proper fresh holes to align the "L" bracket support on the tops to the wall to prevent tipping, which is no biggee. So I am giving it 3 stars since the first was GREAT and the second was questionable. I will say once assembled and bolted to the wall they are sturdy SOLID pieces and do their job admirably. I just expect ever having to move them will result in damage enough they'll be unuseable.