Rated 5 out of 5Â by KarenKaren Love this product
Bought a set of these (tall version) and really love them. Easy to put together and very sturdy. I bought another (short version) for another room in the house, and would love to be able to replace some old shelving with these. Very clean looking and holds a lot.
April 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BirdieChef Stylish and functional!
Easy to set up and adjust as needed. Books look nicely displayed and can include decorative items. Love them!
December 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Carka Great bookshelves
I am so happy with these shelves. They are sturdy and attractive, and the shelves are spaced so that tall books fit comfortably. They are modular so that more uprights and shelves can be added. And they stand on their own so that they do not need to be attached to the wall. Definitely one of my better purchases!
December 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MaterialRebellion Sturdy and Functional
I bought Connections uprights and shelves as show displays for my business. I love how flexible they are - I can arrange them however I need for my space. They are super heavy once set up, which is a huge plus, but they are also easy to break down and transport in pieces.
April 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JessicaH Love it..
Great product that will last a long time, and as my needs and style changes this product is adaptable. I also plan on adding more shelves and uprights down the road. I am returning to school to finish my degree after 20 years. I needed a place to focus on my studies that was small and versatile. I debated purchasing this product because of the price, but after purchasing it I am more than satisfied. I will be purchasing more shelves and uprights soon to add to the piece.
March 17, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by WendyJane Practical functional
Just needed something for a large wall in a temperary residence. Love how sturdy and easy to adjust these are. A great basic with even better versatility.
October 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by boxtree looks great
easy to assemble, good quality, great storage and very versatile!
July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Birdman Great versitility
I've purchased Connection (R) components since 2008 and have always been satisfied. Their design allow me to change the cofiguration of my bookcases easily. They're solidly built as are the shelves.
In addition, I used pickup at the curb for the first time and was very pleased. No need to schlep the kids out of the car - made the purchase/pickup trouble free.
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by StephL simple and classy
The simple, open design is perfect for small spaces. This shelf is ideal for displaying my books, picture frames, and decorative items without making my small living room look cramped. Very versatile in style and function. Love it!!
April 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lillybelle Handy, easy, organized
The simple design allows for clean lines yet adjustable to whatever needs I choose to use it for. In store staff was helpful and courteous, pickup was a breeze and 'installation' was a snap! We purchased it for a trade show but buying a second set for personal use,
April 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TiffanyRoe Exactly what I wanted
Bought the two smaller uprights and three white shelves for my daughters room. I wanted something pretty and useful! I loved this look but wasn't sure it was going to be sturdy, it is! I love that it is a bookshelf that doesn't add bulk to the space. I love that I can add a desk when she is ready and more shelves and even more colors!! Exactly what I wanted!!
February 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Otiosian Attractive and Flexible Stand-alone Shelving
The Connections Uprights are meant to be used with the associated shelves, and would be inadvisable without them. The design of this product is clever, with a number of shelves slotting into two uprights, which are in turn connected only by means of these shelves. The result is very attractive and useful, as well as flexible in terms of where the shelves can be placed by the buyer. Observations: (1) For stability, you should use more than just two or three shelves. I estimate that four shelves might be a good minimum number, with two or more nearer the floor. (2) The unit comes with wall-anchors, which are advisable if you have small children or large dogs. (3) I wouldn't ever use this system as a room-divider - it needs to be against a wall, again for stability.
Overall, I'm very pleased. One issue: these were shipped (not bought in the store) and the packaging was poor - two shelves were damaged in transit and had to be replaced (uprights survived OK). So I would advise buying this unit in the store, and preferably carting it home yourself.
December 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by coyote4444 Excellent product
Easy to move and adjust the shelving. No need for small clips to lose. The only issue is the desk is at an awkward height. We can work with it but it isn't ideal. A little more thought in that would have been good.
December 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Â by Angie914 Awesome shelves
I bought these shelves, mainly because I needed a place to put a printer and to have extra storage. I have a small apartment, so space is precious. These shelves are awesome because it is so versatile. I purchased a few stylish looking storage containers to put on the shelves and they look great. I love the fact that i can move the shelves as my needs change. Another great part of this system is that the feet on the uprights are adjustable. My floors are uneven, so I was able to adjust the feet to make the uprights balanced. I love that the whole system is open, so it doesn't look stuffy like a traditional bookcase. Also, I am girl and I put this together myself. The uprights are light enough to carry by yourself.
October 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ErinPH Best Shelves Ever
These are by far the best shelves I have ever owned. They are sturdy, easy to move around, can configure in all sorts of different ways and they look great. Their sleek and minimal style will compliment any decor and the shelves are amazingly beautiful, too! I bought the ebony and the quality is great. I am using the two smaller ones and three shelves in an armoire conversion to a craft cabinet and I couldn't be happier. Thanks for a great product!
September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Abii I love it
The connections were very strong and durable. They even add beauty to the house and facilitate working activities.
September 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CoyoteSA Awesome Bookshelves
I bought the tall uprights for a library. I like geometric shaped art and the bookshelves are like an art piece to me. I bought the smaller shelves and cubes for cookbooks and odds and ends and love them as well. They were easy to set up... Just remember to anchor the tall uprights.
March 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ICURN Great Shelving
Really great quality. I have a ton of textbooks on this shelf and it is extremely sturdy and durable!! Can't wait to add more shelves!!
March 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by notawriter fabulous
I needed shelving for my computer tower and printer; it had to be open; and it could not take up my small office. This product is perfect and well made and works exactly as I needed. It was easy to order on line and pick up and fool proof to put together!
March 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MDish Nice Shelving Unit
Just purchased this shelving unit and 3 shelves. Did not see it in the store but decided to order it sight unseen. Was very pleased with the quality. Packed nicely and easy to set up. Very sturdy so I feel comfortable putting breakable items on the shelves. I wanted a shelving unit for our living room that would not appear bulky. I am pleased with this purchase.
I just wish there was a store in Sacramento. We have to travel to the Bay Area or order online.
March 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by tangerine805 nearly perfect
All the other reviewers said pretty much everything there is to say about how awesome these are so I thought I'd play devil's advocate and list the few negatives I've found.
1. The bottom rung is too low to be able to put a shelf on and still fit a surge protector underneath. Not a big deal for probably 99% of buyers out there, but I bought my shelving unit to be a desk and I have to have the bottom shelf on the second rung from the bottom (about 9" off the ground) which shows all my cords and wires.
2. The shelves don't fit snugly between the front and back of the uprights; there's a half inch space between them and the uprights so they move forward and backward easily. They *do* fit snugly over the rungs, though, so they don't slide from side to side. Again, not a big deal for most buyers who just put them up and leave them alone, but I'm constantly reaching for things on other nearby shelves and the movement is a little unsettling.
3. The height of the rung you'd use for the desk shelf is too high if you intend to put a keyboard on it. It's about 31" tall. (The next rung down puts the shelf at about 23.5", which is a bit too low.) This is easily fixed by either getting a keyboard tray or raising your chair and getting a foot stool.
4. Six feet is TALL! And 11.5 inches is SKINNY! Who knew?!? Seriously, though, I read the specs and measured everything in my room and in my brain I knew what six feet and 11.5 inches mean, but once you put the unit together... six feet is TALL, man! I can't even reach the top shelf. And 11.5 inches barely contains my big ol' Comcast DVR and my computer has to sit sideways on the shelf. I knew all this before buying it, I just didn't picture it as well as I should/could have. It worked out perfectly for me in the end but sometimes I'm still a little surprised how tall it is.
All negatives aside, I truly love this shelving system. It's strong, sturdy and steady. I have four uprights with three "columns" of shelves and I didn't even bother using the anti-tip brackets. I even use the uprights to help pull my chair in without worrying the shelves will tip over. Also, I'm a female in my mid-40s, kind of a couch potato and definitely out of shape and I had no problem putting these together by myself. They're heavy but not unmanageable.
November 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by texanative Awesome expensive looking shelving
I got the shelving in ebony to go with the uprights. I ended up with six uprights and 16 shelves in a configuration that is perfect for my office. They are easy to assemble and look great.
October 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
Â by CaliGirlDC Perfect
I finally picked up a new TV and didn't like the way I had set it up, so I went looking for alternatives. As a grad student I wanted something either super unbelievably cheap that I could toss when I next move or high quality that would be worth taking with me. This set was perfect, it's modular so as my housing needs change I can rearrange the shelves and expand to fit whatever my current needs are. It's a very good quality and getting it on sale saved me a lot of money, I wouldn't have bought it at full price. Since my current space is pretty small I like the open modern feel but don't think it will be out of place in almost any decor. It's sturdy, even without being attached to the wall (since I can't do that here).
The TV is a 26in and there's a little room on both sides so it could probably hold a larger one depending on how big the casing is. Although the back is open, the cords aren't too visible and if I had the time and motivation, I could use black ties and make them completely invisible. I'm still trying to arrange things on the shelves as I like them, but so far it's awesome.
This would be great for a dorm or student in small living spaces, however, the uprights are a bit long, so moving them might be a hassle if there's a lot of other stuff to load in the back seat as well. Or just stick with the shorter version.
September 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by k8gris Really great bookcase
Wow. I feel so lucky to have found this. When I was roaming the aisles at The Container Store last night, I happened to see a Connections set in sale section. Bingo! Exactly what I need for my new apartment. Luckily for me, the shelves were on sale for $9.99 each, perfectly undamaged. (As other reviewers have pointed out, shelves are normally $29.99 each. I saved $120 on 6 shelves.) Here are this unit's advantages:
â¿¢ The modular style makes it easy to haul. For a solo person, it was easy to carry each "ladder" by myself through my apartment complex, and then carry shelves in separately.
â¿¢ Extremely easy to assemble. All you have to do is screw three levelers into bottom of each unit. Then drop the shelves on the rungs where you want them. Once the shelves are on, they stabilize whole unit.
â¿¢ Extremely good quality, and very attractive. It's nothing like the cheap particle board bookshelves I've been accustomed to in the past.
â¿¢ The shelves are thick and well made. Also, they're deep enough that depending on depth of books, you can add small items in front for a decorative look. As other reviewers have pointed out, if you're good with a router, you could make your own shelves in whatever wood or finish you want. They also now sell a "driftwood" color shelf for an alternative to the ebony.
â¿¢ You can decide where to put the shelves. For example, you can put a shelf on the top rung for a finished look, or not. If you have really tall (or really short) books, you can insert the shelves to suit them.
â¿¢ The modular design is brilliant. One of my concerns in selecting a design was "How many shelves do I need to hold my books?," which are still in boxes. I only bought one unit at CS, since that's what I saw in the sale section. As I was assembling and starting to put in the books, I realized I could easily add to it! I bought the 11-rung uprights, but if I ran out of shelves, I wouldn't have to buy another 11-rung - I could just add a 6-rung on either or both sides, making for a very attractive wall unit and plenty of space. (Luckily, all my books fit in this one unit.) . I love being able to add on later if needed, so CS, I hope you will carry these beautiful bookshelves for a long time!
July 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JKitty Beautiful and sturdy
I love these shelves! They are rock solid and you don't need any tools to set them up. I use them for books and display shelves. I've paid more in the past for shelves that aren't as attractive. I think these will hold up better over time. The open display works so well - large shelves tend to dominate a room but these fit in with overpowering everything else.
April 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BBnJake Amazing Shelves
I absolutely love this shelving unit. It is so easy to customize to just what we want. We don't have a lot of space right now so out ottoman goes underneath the last shelf. When we do have more space we can buy more shelves. It is a perfect unit.
March 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MuncieMis Love it!
We purchased several uprights and the matching shelves. They are easy to move and reconfigure as you desire. Great quality and look terrific!
November 20, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by hurleygirly great shelving unit
We were looking for flexible shelving for our loft and found these on the web. Not only is it very strong but it looks light and airy. Especially liked the flexibility- we bought 2 similar configurations- one for the main sitting area/living room, other as divider between office and dining area.
Best of all - we opted to pick them up and used their call ahead service. When we picked up the 1st set, we had trouble fitting it into the car- but after the customer service guys cut the cartons and took everything out, we managed to squeeze the uprights into the car. It was raining the day we went to get the 2nd set. they directed us to back up to the store doors and helped us load right into the back of the car. Awesome!
This was our first purchase from Container Store - but not the last.
November 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mdshopper Fabulous bookcase
I needed a sturdy bookcase for my home office and didn't want one with the usual particle board shelves since those always bow under the weight. This one is well built and the shelves are sturdy. I love that I can reconfigure and add on to it later if needed. This was a great purchase, I would definitely recommend it!
September 3, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MKM28 Deceptively stylish
Looks better in person than in pictures. Do wish though that there was an 8 rung upright. It would allow for more diversity in set up visually.Be more like gradual steps rather than the sudden drop to the 6 rung.
December 21, 2010