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Beginnings 71.13" Standard Bookcase by Sauder

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  • Overall: 71.13" H x 24.5" W x 11.5" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 48lbs

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  4.0 stars
Great bookshelf overall from Boston, MA on 08/09/2015 – Verified Buyer
I'm very satisfied with this bookshelf. It is the perfect height for what I was looking for (pretty tall!) It was easy to assemble, I did it on my own in about an hour. The color is beautiful. My main con is that the back piece was folded when packaged (it's a thin wood board) so there's two creases down the back of the bookcase. The other thing is it doesn't seem very sturdy but there are anchors for the wall so it's really a non issue (just not ideal if you aren't placing against a wall).

Pros: Color, height - tall, easy assembly
Cons: Back board is creased, not sturdy
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  4.0 stars
reasonable for the price, and equal quality from New Brunswick, NJ on 07/01/2014 – Verified Buyer
The directions for the bookcase weren't very clear, so my brother (who built it) had to improvise. It worked out well however, and was pretty easy to get finished once he started. It just took some planning and manipulation of the parts, since there were no clear cut directions. The directions also mentioned black stickers to cover up the nails that were used, however we did not see this in the box. Although a bit irritating, it's fine since the nails are a darker shade and match the wood, so no one can really see them unless then are looking closely. Overall, it's a good piece and serves our purpose. So far the shelves are sturdy, and are holding up against the massive amounts of books we placed on it. The price we paid for it is comparable to the quality, which is good.
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four stars from Brooklyn, NY on 10/15/2014 – Verified Buyer
These bookcases arrived on time and in good condition. They were packed very well by the manufacturer, and were not too difficult to put together. They are nice and sleek, simple and modern looking. However, they are very wobbly. Small brackets with hardware are included, and it is recommended that the bookcases be attached to the wall at the top shelf. Unfortunately, because we have baseboard molding, the bracket is not long enough, so I must replace them with something larger. I also did not receive enough pins to hold the shelves. That means I have to make another trip to the hardware store. I would have given these bookshelves three stars, but they will serve my purpose, and were inexpensive.
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  4.0 stars
Great value for the price from Bardstown, KY on 12/15/2015 – Verified Buyer
These bookshelves were bought for our office space. We put two of them together to give the look of built-in bookshelves. They were a little wobbly until we screwed them into the wall, so that is almost a necessity with this piece. The back piece is very thin and it is easy to see the creases where it was folded, but most of the back is covered with books and photo frames anyway. Overall, very happy with this, and it looks much more expensive when the two are put together to run across our office wall.

Pros: Great value, easy assembly, sturdy
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  4.0 stars
Nice bookshelf from Metairie, LA on 06/26/2015 – Verified Buyer
Great price. I bought two of these. Easy to put together. I put both of them together in less than an hour. The first one is great, no problems. The second one is not level. (I put it in the same spot as the other is and it is still uneven.) It seems as though the holes were a little off and now the shelf wobbles a bit.

Pros: Easy to put together, great price, looks great
Cons: Poor quality assurance
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  3.0 stars
Looks great from the front from Burke, VA on 03/10/2015
This is a functional bookcase. It is the size I wanted in terms of height and width so it fit in the space perfectly. It looks nice. However, the backboard is very, very thin. More like paper. Since it has no substance or weight, it is difficult to get unfolded, placed and nailed in perfectly. I was always smoothing it out. When it was nailed in the back, there was a big hole in the backboard....it should be renamed backpaper, not backboard, because it is just to thin and has no weight.
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  4.0 stars
Function at a great price from Kansas on 11/28/2015 – Verified Buyer
It took longer to put together than I expected and I had a few areas that the nails I placed in the back damaged the shelves (but I was able to cover up with books)! It was easy to lift after I assembled it. The color looks black not cherry but it looks nice. I am happy with my purchase and it would be easy to put together a second one. The cost was very reasonable.

Pros: Great value
Cons: Color off, took several hours to assemble
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  3.0 stars
Not a show piece from Roy, WA on 01/11/2016 – Verified Buyer
The appearance at the backs of each shelf did not meet expectations. The very noticeable creases in the FOLDS of the cardboard are SO disappointing. The other parts of the bookcase are as expected, quite nice for the price. But the backing inside is such that I would never recommend it to a friend. And because of the cardboard creases, I'm not liking it in my living room.
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  4.0 stars
Great basic book shelf from Portland, OR on 08/18/2015 – Verified Buyer
Great straight forward bookshelf. It does have a few less than perfect things. It looks better without the stickers that were included to cover screws-- the stickers look cheap. Ignore the instructions when they say not to use power tools. You'll want them.

Pros: Great value
Cons: Tacky cover up stickers, instructions could be slightly better.
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  4.0 stars
Great Product! from Monroeville, PA on 11/03/2015 – Verified Buyer
I ordered this bookcase for display purposes and it is exactly what I expected! Great price and serves it's purpose. I'm so glad it comes with wall anchors as it is a bit shaky, but still sturdy enough to display heavier items. The color is really nice and everything arrived undamaged. Overall rating: reasonable price for quality of item.
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Questions & Answers

Q. "Hi, are all the shelves of this item removable?" — Charlyn
A. "Hello Charlyn, all the shelves, except the center shelf, are removable."
— Tiffany from Wayfair Supply
Q. "Hi, what material is this bookcase made of?" — Cherry
A. "Hi Cherry, this bookcase is made of engineered wood."
— Margo from Wayfair Supply