Tall rather than wide, the case stores a full library on seven shelves, five of which adjust in height. This solid unit is made from real wood embellished with elegant scroll work, justifying its higher price tag.
Though owners love the decorative details, the trim does limit the height of the top shelf.
Owners (and their guests) are impressed with the case's storage capacity, appearance, and sturdiness. Label holders add a vintage touch.
Unlike other cases we tested, the shelf heights can't be adjusted. Assembly is a slow process and may require two people. Made from engineered wood.
Though not made from real wood, owners praise its attractive appearance and surprising sturdiness.
Some owners inadvertently damaged the unit while assembling it. The dark cherry finish shows dust and fingerprints.
Like an antique barrister's bookcase, it boasts protective doors made from tempered glass for safety. A sturdy construction, despite its MDF components.
The three shelves are 11-inches deep and may not hold larger items. Some owners report struggling with the assembly process.
The two shelves adjust in height and each supports 20 pounds. Though constructed from man-made materials, the case is elegant and sturdy. Quick and easy to assemble.
It may show signs of wear sooner than a solid-wood bookcase. Still, owners find it a good quality for the price.
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A barrister bookcase is designed to give you flexible storage options for books and display items. Traditionally, barrister bookcases are made of individual shelf units that can be stacked together to form a cabinet. They often have glass doors that can be closed to keep books from falling out. In past centuries, these features were important to British lawyers – called barristers – for whom they were named. Barristers changed offices frequently, and would often take books to court, so their books needed to be easy to transport. Today, these bookcases can have many looks ranging from tall, slender styles to horizontal units with flexible shelving to house a variety of belongings.