Sunday, May 1, 2011

Review: Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase - White

Product: Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase - White
Description: This five shelf bookcase is the perfect size for any room or home office. The clean lines and classic white finish blends in with any dr and keeps clutter at bay. Mix and match with other pieces from this collection to make a custom look all your own. (description from target so I can't tell you what it blends in with)
Maximum Weight Capacity: 75.0 Lb.
Frame Material: Hardwood
Number of Shelves: 5
Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Dry Cloth
Dimensions: Length: 30.63 "; Height: 72.0 "; Width: 30.6 "

My Thoughts: I spent over a month searching for a bookcase that wasn't a repeat of the gem seen to the right (I bought it for about the same price). All I wanted was something that I didn't fear sleeping in the same room as. I tried craigslist and found lots of really nice bookcases for outrageous prices and really terrible DIY bookcases for outrageous prices. I found a gorgeous bookcase on IKEA's website and found out that shipping would cost me two times the bookcase's price because it would 'need its own freight car' to be shipped to me. I finally gave up and went to order another dangerous bookcase when I saw a reviewer suggesting the Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase. Needless to say, I fell in love. I bought two of these bad boys online from Target for $120 each. Because I bought two of these suckers, it can be assumed that my pros and cons aren't a fluke.

Review Breakdown:

-Both bookcases were shipped to me and neither had any shipping related damage. The box for one was really beat up and had me worried though.
-The price. You really can't beat $120 for a six foot bookcase to begin with.
-It's actually made with real wood. We're not taking pieces of paper either! None of the shelves are bowed, it's wonderful.
-The bookcase is really nice looking. There was a little decorative molding to put on the top, classy. Seriously though, I'm not embarrassed of this bookcase while I was of my previous one.
-My main fear has been that my bookcase would tip over and kill me in my sleep, don't laugh! Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase comes with wall mounts to prevent this very thing from happening. I have to say that they seem sturdy enough to not need them though.
-Lots of different colors to pick from. White happens to go perfect with my room.
-The cons listed below are fairly easy to ignore or fix.

-Shelf P (second from the top) was manufactured incorrectly. The cam holes are on the smooth finished side so the scratchy side has to face out.
-The tape holding the backboards together sticks to Styrofoam packing and is a total pain to take off. Tons of little pieces tear off and they stick out of the visible side if you don't remove them
-More difficult than the typical DIY bookcase. We messed up on both bookcases (my dad is a DIY kind of guy so he's not clueless. I, on the other hand, can't use a drill successfully.) Actual tools and tool knowledge are required (cams and cam bolts, need a drill unless you plan to hand do 46 screws into the back.)

Rating: 4½ Bites


  1. That is pretty detailed :)
    I'm glad that where I live we get to have carpenters who work cheaply, and come home and fix up bookcases!! I got to design one exactly the way I like...

    And yes! I have read Curran's PoV on ilona's blog, so awesome. I think we'll have good fun reading each other's blogs.

  2. Love the lines of that bookcase...and it's amazing how having something fresh looking with no bowed shelves dresses the room up so the review!

  3. Now who wouldn't love this! Piles on the floor await something just like this!

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