You really can’t beat the amount of storage for the price. We have a massive movie collection. We recently moved and for the first time we did not have a house that had a room of built-in shelving so we had to scramble to find storage for all of our movies. If you are looking for large movie storage solutions you already know how pricey they tend to be. We bought several of these shelves and they were a great solution for our storage needs. As other reviews have noted the movies overhang the edge of the shelf which is why i almost didn’t buy these, but in actuality it actually turned out to be a positive for us. Since we have so many most of the compartments are filled to capacity and having them overhang off the shelf allows you to easily remove the video you go to watch because you can easily slide it out without having to take other movies off just to get the one video you are removing. Since we are only using this for movies and not cd or other media storage the shorter middle shelf is a little annoying, because you can’t fit a dvd upright on those shelves and have to lay those on the side and stack them. For the ocd people this can make your head spin, but this would be a good shelf to store cds or little knick knack items you have laying around as well. We just have to many movies to waste the space for anything else.
Like most people i saw this on amazon and had mixed feelings about ordering based on the reviews. I bought one at first and gave it a shot. Not sure why so many bad reviews because this media tower is great so far. Assembly was simple, took about a hour and a half. I used a hand screwdriver for the entire thing. Like most people have stated, you are dealing with particle board, so don’t try to monster the screws in. I was happy with the purchase that i ordered two more. This time i used a small power screwdriver to start all the screws, then finished them up with a hand screwdriver (was a lot faster). Just my preference but you could absolutely just use a power screwdriver. Once i put them up against the wall, i did notice that the top part of the media tower did lean forward with weight on the shelves.
The look of this rack is excellent. Putting it together wasn’t too much of a struggle but you need to pay attention to the small print and read the stickers on the backing so you don’t place them out of order. The main reason i had to give the rack 3 stars was the sturdiness of it. The rack weighs 50 lbs and you basically assemble it in two smaller pieces then connect them using 4 pin connectors and 4 very loose fitting dowels. When my son and i picked this up to place it against the wall, the unit almost snapped in half because the pin connectors were pulling the plastic pieces they screwed into out of the wood. Looks: 5 starsdesign: 3 stars.
- Great for the price!
- Pretty clutch if you’re not a noob.
- Great price, easy to assemble, fast delivery, HEAVY.
This rack stores a lot of discs. It looks great against my wall. It’s very good that they include the l-clips to secure it to the wall. This thing is not well-balanced and you have to lag it to the wall. It is a real pain in the neck to assemble, though. It’s not that the concepts are difficult. Read all of the instructions before you start. If you have your thinking cap on, you will realize simple things are slightly out of order. They aren’t incorrect but rather impractical.
I looked long and hard for a cd rack to house my growing collection. I have around 1,100 cd’s so i bought 2 of these which will hold almost 1,700 total, over 800 each unit. This is a solid purchase for the cost. I didn’t want to spend several hundred dollars on cd storage, so this worked out fine. This quality is excellent for the price, but isn’t something you would buy to pass down to your children. The unit goes together easily, just make sure you read the instructions and don’t skip ahead. It helps to have a power screw driver and drill (for the wall anchor) to speed things along. Also, you will need another person the help put the top and bottom together. It took only 45 minutes to put together.
Features of Atlantic 35435725 Media Tower Elite Large (Black)
- Large collection media storage cabinet.
- Stores 630 Blu-rays, 531 DVDs or 837 CDs
- 9 fixed shelves
- Simulated carbon fiber back panel. Material- wood composite. Finish: Paper and PVC Laminate
- Wall anchor kit included
I won’t return this because, after getting it together, it does hold my discs. However, the shelves are not adjustable and leave too much space (vertical) between for my cd cases, better suited for dvd cases, but my main complaint is that this is assembled as two halves – upper and lower, which have insufficient connecting parts. And, they came apart when i put it in place and started adding cds – then it’s most difficult to rejoin, so now there’s a gap on one side. The backing is in several sections and that gets in the way of rejoining the top after i assembled it. I secured the top to the wall so it won’t fall but the joining pieces (pegs) they include are a joke for anything this size. Add your own connections and support on the back. I would strongly suggest that you reinforce the top and bottom joining, and before you attach the base piece while it’s face down on the floor. If i had done that i wouldn’t have had the problem.
I don’t see how you can assemble this according to the provided instructions without breaking it. It has you attach the top to the bottom before putting on the back panels. This requires you to lay it on it’s face, but because the base sticks out it doesn’t lay flat and puts pressure where the two halves meet. I read other reviews and even put blocks under mine to lay it flat, but when i tried to lift it up it fell apart (it’s super fragile). The middle collapsed and the attaching pieces ripped out of the wood (see image). I was able to fix the wood and then i got the bottom where i wanted it before i put the top on. I still gave it 4 stars because now that it is in place i love it and the price was great. If you buy one i would recommend you don’t put the two halves together until the end. Put the back on each piece separately (the back pieces are marked as top and bottom and you can start at the top and bottom of the respective half so the panels meet in the middle). Then place the bottom where you want it.
I normally don’t write reviews but for this one i have to after all of the mixed reviews. I was skeptical before ordering it because of some of the negative reviews. I was very happy when it arrived at my door step. My boyfriend and i were getting ready to assemble and i warned him of a few things from other mistakes. Reviews can really help others out. Assembling was very very easy and fast my boyfriend struggled when he was assembling my book shelf and said this media stand was so easy. If u ever hear like wood wants to snap during screwing or lifting just stop. Once completed my boyfriend stand it up and i was so worried bcuz it isn’t very stable but we were careful. What really gave the media support is i bought l and t brackets to keep the 2together like someone suggested in the reviews. After putting the brackets you can feel the difference it had support to keep the two together.
This storage rack is 6 feet tall and helped to de-clutter my house quite a bit, however, it is not of the best quality. The real issue i have boils down to a safety issue. I read all of the reviews before purchasing this product and thought that it would be decent enough quality to do the job, however, once i was putting the product together i quickly saw that i was wrong. Two of the ‘screw cap’ things (i don’t know what they are actually called) that hold the top and bottom piece together and have to be twisted to secure the screw from the above piece in place, broke extremely easily while i was tightening them. So now, i am worried that it will come apart and topple on one of my children. Quite honestly, for as tall as this product is and for as much weight as it will holds, the connectors for the two pieces really should be all metal. Also, the directions could have been more clear about which pieces go where since there is only one piece that has anchor holes. I missed those small dots in the illustration and had to take apart and put back together several of the pieces once i realized what had happened in order to properly assemble the product.
I have way too many dvds and blu-rays. And much to my dismay, they keep making more movies and tv shows. I had two full dvd shelves, a tv stand with shelves build into it, and i was completely out of room. All i wanted was something to grow into. The assembly was involved, especially since i wanted to do it by myself, but not impossible. The directions were very helpful, but you have to take a few minutes to study them before jumping in, and make sure that you know where everything goes. You basically build two half shelves and then connect them in the middle. Connecting them was the hardest part.
I bought one of these units as a test to see if it was easy to assemble and if it would suit my needs. Satisfied with the first one, i then immediately purchased and assembled 3 more. I am using these shelves to display my dungeons and dragons miniatures. The unit shipped in an outer plain cardboard box and the inner product box. The parts were well packed and cushioned by styrofoam and thinner linings. No piece was damaged at all in any of the 4 shipments. A testament to how well they are packed. The unit consists mainly of painted pressed wood shelves and frames and a thick, decorated cardboard backing. Assembling the unit was pretty easy. The instructions are not perfect, but they are very easy to read and the pieces are clearly labelled.
I bought it at $70 and its definitely worth the price. I have it completely full, on carpet, leaned against the wall. The top leans toward the wall, not away, so i don’t even need the brackets. The short shelves make it easy to remove games when they’re packed tightly. The bottom shelf sticks out enough on the floor that its a great place to store strategy guides or magazines laying flat. I’m going to buy another one if it gets back down to $70. Its probably not worth more than that because of the cheaper materials. If you’re not careful you can definitely push a nail through the wood coating, or strip a screw hole. I built it by myself though and had no issues standing it up or anything.
There are a lot of negative reviews on here for this product. However, it’s super cheap furniture. There were two of us putting it together, and we had it done in about half an hour. The pilot holes were a little big for some of the screws, but nothing that was going to cause catastrophic failure. A little glue would help if you’re feeling up to it, but not necessary. Putting the back on was challenging at first until we realized that putting one person on the front to hold it for the person screwing in the back while it was standing helped. It came with the l brackets to hold it to the wall, and i’m actually quite impressed with it. I’ve bought smaller bookshelves for more money that were crappier than this. It’s not going to withstand a million moves, and your children or pets can’t climb on it, but it does what it’s intended to do.
So, after reading the (mostly) somewhat negative reviews on here, i could not find anything that held this much media for a budget price and decided to order 2 of these. I told myself going in that i would be extra careful assembling them, and would just deal with any problems that came up. I’ve had shelving from department stores that didn’t go together as smoothly as these. Every hole was where it needed to be. Couple of tips for those who had problems: read the instruction manual, and refer back to it if you don’t understand where something goes, or how to orient it. Yes, at one point the instructions were a bit vague. However, by looking ahead a few steps you can clearly see how it needs to be put together. Also, when screwing into ‘flimsy’ particle board, if you hear the sound of wood cracking, stop screwing.
I purchased this media cabinet about a month ago, and once put together, it is really nice, and holds a very good amount of media. Putting it together is pretty straight forward, but there is one very glaring issue that you should be aware of when attaching the top and base together. The instructions suggest you attach the two pieces while they are lying flat on the floor, but the wood dowels and metal cam screws that are used to attach the two parts are too short to adequately support the weight, in my opinion. I did it that way, and was not able to stand the unit upright because the top and base would not stay attached.I had to end up standing the base part against the wall, and lowering the top part down onto the base. But in doing this, use extreme caution because due to the dowels and cam screws not being long enough, the top will topple over if you are not careful. This unit was made to use against a wall, and you should definitely use the safety wall mount brackets and screws included in the box. With the cautions noted above, after putting the cabinet together and properly securing it to my back wall, it is a very handsome piece, and holds quite a bit of media. One caveat though: if you have special edition box set items, not all of them will fit due to the fact that all the shelves in this unit are fixed,and not all box sets will fit, but if you have this unit properly secured to your rear wall, you can most definitely use the very top of the cabinet to store those odd sized box sets that will not fit in the shelves.All in all, i do like this media unit, and would recommend it with certain cautions and caveats: take your time putting it together and, especially if assembling it alone, use extreme caution when attaching the top to the base, and if you go by the instructions and attach the two pieces while on the floor, get help when standing the unit upright.
Like a lot of the reviews here the main issue, and i’ll go as far as to call it a design flaw, is how the top and bottom halves join together. Having read those horror stories beforehand i used gorilla glue and it secured the two halves together very nicely. I tested it before gluing it and it’s not at all stable and the top half would fall off easily. How that design passed into production is beyond me. With the glue (gorilla glue is the bomb) i can pick it up by an upper shelf without any problem. I’d still be careful though just to be safe. I also would have preferred if the middle shelf was the same height as the others, but i’m using it to lay a couple of box set boxes that were too tall for the other shelves by a fraction, and some nick knacks would go nicely there if you don’t have cd’s or some type of shorter media to put there. Another weird choice with the design, but i can still use that shelf for other purposes so its not a big deal, just a minor niggle. Despite the flaws for this price nothing i can find holds nearly this many blu-ray’s/dvd’s (at 71′ it’s the tallest media shelf i could find for anywhere near this price). So i quite like these despite the top/lower half issue and the shorter middle shelf.
This dvd rack holds a ton of dvds and cds. I still gave it a 5 star even for its flaws. There just is no substitute for holding this many movies without spending almost double the price. Flaw 1: it is back heavy when empty. It will never lean forward, but it will lean against the wall. Flaw 2: when assembling, this shelf is in 2 pieces and the center where you join the two together it small dow pins and the standard furniture hook and loop piece. The studs holding it together can fall out easily so be careful when joining the top and bottom halves. I wouldn’t really consider these flaws, but more precautionary methods to assembly. Since the hook and loop system failed when i was assembling it (again, all on how you hold it since i physically broke it by not paying attention), i had to grab a couple pieces of flat steel brackets to screw into the back. My brackets hold it together perfectly and with more strength.
I bough this because we have a ton of movies and the shelves they were on were 3 deep so we had to pull out a ton of movies just to find one. I read a lot of reviews and was concerned becasue people said it was hard to put together but it was extremely easy. It was time consuming due to all the screws but it was very simple. My husband and i did it together and it took about an hour and a half. You jave to be careful, at one point we were turning it and it caught on something an cracked a bit but it is partical board so it is to be expected. The only reason i did not give it five stars is because the middle shelf is only big enough to fit cds and i wish it was another shelf for dvds and blu rays. It is worth the $65 but the material reflects the price so dont expect solid wood.
Nice size, fairly easy to assemble (with another person), sturdy once attached to wall. A drill is a must if you want them to go quickly. Instructions aren’t horrible and after putting together 2 i didn’t need them for the 3rd and 4th. Wish the shelves were like 1′ taller for my special edition boxes but not a deal breaker. Very low profile makes a sleek look. I was a carpenter for 10 years so i also know how to handle and work with particle board. They are particle board so don’t go full bore on a drill. Maybe just start screws with drill and finish with hand tool if you are worried. I didn’t use glue (not required) but if i ever move and reassemble i will use glue.
The need: this media shelf system works really well for what we needed in my household. I have a healthy movie collection, and my partner has a lot of video games. I bought two of them, and they weren’t all that bad to put together, and so far, i still have a little space on both units built, for more to be added to them. Building: i’d recommend using a hand drill on the lowest power setting, because you are only putting the screws into press wood, and too much torque, will destroy them. Also, using wood glue in conjunction with the screws would be really helpful, if a little more time consuming. And using the wall mount/securing clips are a must. The bad: it’s very top heavy and unless you secure it to the wall, it will waiver, and shortly fall apart. Is not a free standing unit, but that being said, it’s a very useful media storage. Good for dvds, cds, blueray, and video games, not for much else. I wouldn’t trust books on it, honestly, as it’s a very light structure, with very shallow shelves.
After several weeks of owning this product, i figured now is the best time to review it. The set up for this wasn’t so bad. The only real gripe we had when building the media tower was when your supposed to put the backing on, there were no predrilled holes on the backing. So you really had to work the screwdriver into it to get the screws in. Other then that, its all good. I like the build and it holds a lot of my bluray movies and video games. In fact, i think it holds all of my movies, and i have a lot. There are some smaller shelves in it for small items to be placed on, like small trinkets. Most may not like that, but i didnt mind it. I like that the bottom footing extends outwards to balance out the weight of the movies being placed in the tower.
As others have stated, it’s a pain to join the two sections. Also, only a couple of the many holes for the backing were pre-drilled into the shelves. I actually bought my first power drill and awl just to put this thing together. The backing was made easier by laying the who unit face down on a coffee table, but i absolutely needed a second person to pick it up without cracking it and to join the top half. We did use the wall mounts, but put them on the top of the shelf (less visible and felt sturdier). All that being said, it looks great and is a huge space saver.
I read the reviews first before buying and decided it was worth it. I was right and did take some advice from others. You need to be careful when assembling. It is best to have two people. Yes, it needs to be tethered to your wall. And yes, i took the advice of buying small brackets to stabilize the two halves further. I only put one on each side in the middle.