Sauder Bookcase, Salt Oak Finish

Last updated date: January 29, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

For the Best Overall, Sauder Bookcase, Salt Oak Finish unit is the winner. It offers sturdy construction for heavy loads, beautiful design for a professional or fancy setting and even labels on each cubby for the utmost organization. The only con is the initial assembly can be a bit taxing. In our analysis of 10 expert reviews, the Sauder Sauder Bookcase, Salt Oak Finish placed 6th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
0.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
3,119 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Perfect for maintaining a separate shelve, the cubbyhole storage will ease your work of managing and assembling the books.
- Z7 Premium
November 13, 2019 | Full review
It is quite durably made endures a heavy load of books and office supplies to be laid on the shelves.
- A Guide Pro
August 11, 2019 | Full review
When choosing a bookshelf, there are a lot of things to consider, like size, build quality, and how much storage space it delivers. If you're in the market for a vertical shelf, then you really can't do much better than the Sauder 5 Shelf Bookshelf.
- Techno Buffalo
December 4, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The main issue that most users have experienced with this bookcase is mostly related to the installation phase. Some pre-drilled holes incorporated are not easily tightened by screws as it should be.
- A Guide Pro
August 11, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Looking to add some extra storage to your home? Check out this bookcase from the Barrister Lane collection. It features cubbyhole storage so you can store books, bins, collectibles and more! The top shelf acts as a gallery display for photos and décor. It also accommodates ID label tags so you can keep all your treasures organized and easy to find. Finished in Salt Oak, this stylish bookcase is a great addition to any room.

Overall Product Rankings

2. Sauder Beginnings 3-Shelf Bookcase, Highland Oak Finish
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 0
4. Coavas No-Assembly Folding-Bookshelf Storage Shelves
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Sauder Bookcase, Salt Oak Finish
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
7. VASAGLE 3-Shelf Wooden Bookcase, Walnut Finish
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
8. South Shore 3-Shelf Bookcase, Royal Cherry Finish
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Sunon 5-Shelf Wood Bookcase, Cherry Finish
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 0
10. Bush Furniture 5-Shelf Bookcase, Cherry Finish
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 0
11. Bush Furniture 5-Shelf Bookcase, Black
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Bookcases

Furnishing your home is an exciting and fun way to show your style. More than style, furnishings designate areas of your home for particular functions. Sofas and entertainment centers distinguish your living room from the dining room where you’ll need a table to host friends and family for gatherings. In addition, your home will need furniture for organization. This is where a bookcase comes in handy. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a good bookcase.

Before you rush into buying the first beautiful bookcase you see, be sure to measure your space. Too big or too little of a bookcase can really make a room look awkward. For children’s rooms, you’ll want one that is short so they can reach the top with ease. A living room will require a much taller bookcase with valuable memorabilia on the top shelf away from any little ones. Either way, those measurements will be quite handy when shopping for the perfect bookcase for your space.

The space where the bookcase will go is a huge factor for figuring out the style and color you want. If the living room needs some storage for books and paraphernalia, you’ll want to look for a bookcase that matches or complements your other furniture. In a kid’s room, a bookcase is easy enough to coordinate with their beds or paint colors. Toy rooms might need an open-back bookcase so bins can slide in and out easily from either side. For an office, a mid-sized unit is a great choice that won’t overwhelm the room but still provide valuable storage space. If filing is something that is of importance for your office bookcase, look for a bookcase that has labels on the front of each cubby, so you can organize every single item in your office. Always consider your space before purchasing your bookcase and you’ll surely find the right fit for your needs.

One valuable aspect to look for in a bookcase is adjustable shelves. Because you will have some books taller than others or perhaps you want to put décor on one shelf, buying a bookcase with adjustable shelves is the best way to go. Some models offer two adjustable shelves to accommodate taller items and keep organization easy. These types of bookcases are also great if you want to turn the bookcase on its side and put baskets or bins in the compartments for alternate use.

Once you have all the logistics of size and configurations, have some fun with style and color. There are countless finishes available to help complement your other furniture. From cherry and walnut finishes to white and gray paints, you can surely find a finish you love. For style, wood appearance is always more of a traditional approach. If industrial is your style, look for a bookcase with some metal framing and wood accents. Mid-century modern style would look more like a white freestanding unit with point feet on the bottom. There are also vertically designed bookcases that look great along a large empty wall. A bookcase in the style of your other furniture will enhance the feel of your home and give your space some organizing units to display your treasures.

DYWM Fun Fact

  • Chinese writings describe early bookcases as revolving units. They were especially big during the Song Dynasty, particularly in Buddhist monasteries.
  • Bookcases come in all shapes and sizes including tree bookcases, bookcases made into the perimeter of a cozy chair, a bookcase made from an old telephone booth and bookcases built into walls.
  • The difference between a bookcase and a bookshelf is that a bookcase is a piece of furniture that is designed to stand on its own and a bookshelf is a single shelf mounted onto a wall with hardware.

The Bookcase Buying Guide

  • To ensure a proper fit, always measure your space and then measure the bookcase you want.
  • If you have tall memorabilia to put on the bookcase in addition to books, consider adjustable shelving units.
  • If it is going to be a free-standing unit, consider it being open in the back.
  • When purchasing a bookcase for a child’s room, remember to get a safe height for them so it won’t fall over and cause injury.
  • Remember to leave some room between the top of the bookcase and your ceiling for any objects you want to store or display.