It was $25 for a tall Mainstays 5 shelf bookshelf. Usually the little 2 or 3 shelf bookshelves cost more than that! When I bought it I assumed it would be very narrow but I was happily surprised. It is perfect for the kid's bedroom! I am putting all their decorative items that I don't want them playing with up on top. They have a couple of books I want to keep in good condition like a few signed by the author so I will put those on the top shelf. Then I have baskets and plastic bins to organize their toys in for the rest of the shelves. I am tempted to buy another one for their room. I have also gone around the house finding all the places a bookshelf would fit perfectly. I just need 7 or 8 more so far! At that price how can I resist?
Now I will admit it isn't the fanciest bookshelf but it is functional and sturdy and best of all cheap! The shelves are a little thin and wouldn't hold anything too heavy without buckling (like hardcover books) but the kids books and toys are not too heavy for it. The only thing I didn't love about it was the sad little strap that was included to fasten it to the wall. I will be buying a bracket since I don't trust the strap not to fray apart. I bought the white shelf but it comes in 4 different colors. There is even a great dark wood color, kind of an espresso. I think I will get two of those for my bedroom. For some reason I can't find that color on the website but they have it in the store.
Like I said it is a bit plain. Though with the pretty baskets I think it looks quite nice. I do think I will buy some pretty wrapping paper and put it inside the back of the shelf to make it pop a little bit. I wish I had thought to do it before I put the shelf together since it would have been easier than trying to pry the back off.
It may seem a bit silly to get so excited over a shelf but I have been desperately trying to find ways of organizing my children's room on a budget. That shelf is the perfect solution!