BuffaloBillie - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
I, too, was disappointed to find that the only cubbies available in the sizes I needed (to maximize the organizational capacity of an old entertainment center, see pics), were these cheap looking, overly priced, cardboard boxes. Beau and I have undergone a massive re-org project in our home, and have come to love the cubby shelving by both Threshold and Room Essentials. But again, for several reasons these were what was available to me. I am guessing others are in the same boat, so a couple of notes that might be helpful to some:
Managing expectations: these *are* overpriced cardboard cubbies held together by 3M adhesive tape and short dowels. I am thinking the prices will come down if the company does well, but as of this review (March 2019) the price point is way too high for what they are (and is why I deducted a star). Otherwise, if you look at their description, they are telling you all this. They are not lying to you and saying these are wooden or particle board. For my uses, these are fine. I would not want to use them to support anything expensive or heavy. But I plan to store paper and craft items on them.
Miscellaneous: we have purchased a ton of assembly-required furniture from Target and have experienced the occasional issue. In all cases Target customer service resolved the issue. It helps not to be in a rush. We factor in extra time in case we need to contact the company for replacement items. The same was true here. Target resolved a shipping problem, but it added 10 days to my project. These shelves are held together with double-sided tape. At this price point, they should consider a better quality tape that has a tab instead of serrated edge for pulling off the protective layer because as careful as we were we would still rip the tape from the shelving if we were not careful. And if that happens there isn't really a way to fix it. This is why I deducted a second star.
You need to orient these shelves as directed because the dowels are weight bearing. Don't turn them on their sides. For added measure, we weighed them down overnight to make sure the tape stuck. We also gripped them by the bottom when moving them.
I would recommend them with the above caveats. I also think they would be great for folks with physical challenges since they are so light, and require no hammering or drilling. If assembling a large one, it's useful to have a friend nearby. Check their website for my details about the Way Basics company and products.
TLdr: I think this company is trying to do something good, and I recommend visiting the website prior to purchasing. The price point needs to come down, and the tape issues resolved. But for my needs it works ok, and Target customer service worked with us to resolve an issue. If, like me, this is the only option, be sure to weigh them down overnight, and carry them by the bottom. Orient them as directed because of how the weight is distributed.