Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 186
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Joyw The mantle completes the bookcase
The mantle finished off the bookcase nicely and gives me additional shelf space to display pictures. I actually think it should come with the bookcase rather than a separate order.
March 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrsRaz Mantel completes my bookcase
I have purchased four folding bookcases. I like them because they fit in small spaces, are easy to assemble and are light weight.
This is the first time I've ordered a mantel for the top of the bookcase. I love the way it completes the look of the case.
I did have two problems. My mantel arrived with a minor chip on the front edge and the holes in it fit very snug to the pegs in the bookcase. I need a rubber mallet to gently pound the top in place. I have not done that yet.
In spit of the chip I am keeping this piece, since it's black I can touch it up with a Sharpie and it will look just fine. For now it has a pretty holiday drape on it so you don't see the blemish.
December 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DLauren Neat accessory for a versatile product
I've been really pleased with these shelves, as they are so versatile. You can stack them, they fold up, but they look fantastic and are very sturdy and durable. The mantle topper gives them a finished look and adds more surface area. The only thing I didn't care for was that since the shelves tend to not be 100% level across all corners, the mantles don't tend to completely "snap" on at all four contact points. But, you can't really tell just by looking.
April 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shirlhock Sturdy Top Shelf for Sturdy Book Case
This top shelf which is available for the folding bookcase is worth the investment. It adds an additional display area and you can pop it off if you decide to use it elsewhere. The color of the shelving unit and the top shelf matches perfectly. A perfect fit every time.
October 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PuddyTat Frosting on the cake
I have bought 6 of these mantel tops over the last 10 years, all in the oak finish. They really give the bookcase a finished look. I think it also makes the stacked bookcases a little more steady and gives me another shelf to put things on.
The only thing I've noticed is that the mantels I ordered 10 years ago look almost like a solid piece of wood. On the most recent one I can see where a couple small pieces of wood were spliced together to make the mantel. Since my mantels are on top of two stacked bookcases, no one will ever inspect them up close so it's not an issue for me. I assume that this would not show at all on the painted ones.
September 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by djmac Cherry on top
This mantle is a nice finishing touch to the folding bookcase. As other reviewers noted, the dowels and holes don't line up as they should which make attachment to bookcase a tad painstaking than it should be. However, no big deal, I needed to tap the dowels with a hammer to staighten them so they'd align with the holes, then pound the mantle corners with a hammer, using a folded towel in between, to secure the mantel in place. Wood stain matches the bookcase. Makes for a convenient surface for decorative pieces. In my case, a beautiful table fountain. As with the bookcase, I appreicate that the mantle is constructed of wood.
July 29, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EnglishProfessor Great shelves & mantel!
I've bought other folding shelves like these, for less money, BUT, none are as sturdy and handsome as these are; one previous set claimed "solid wood" but the shelves were thin boards with rickety hollow frames underneath, so of course they have warped and sagged over time. These are SOLID, and I like the little dowels on the end that keep books from falling through (a problem with the first set). A really nice feature is this mantel, since it creates a handsome cap (& extra surface) to the bookcase. Heavier, of course, but I'm really happy with the solidness of this truly solid wood bookcase. And painted! (The other ones I had to paint myself). Worth every penny.
October 7, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HappyBrooklynHome Folding/stackable bookcases and mantle
I usually buy very expensive furniture, or antiques and fill in with believe it or not, pieces from the street (I live in a very good NYC neighborhood and have amassed a collection of wonderful finds).
These bookcases were the first pieces of moderatly or low cost furniture that I have purchased in a long time. The wood construction and in my case the colors (teal) is rich and sturdy enough (though not heavy). It took time to unwrap the boxes and packaging alone, so get someone to help but setting up was not difficult if you are reasonably strong and healthy.
Everyone loves the light airy quality and the wood solidity. The mantle top does give it a very nice finish.
September 7, 2011