If there’s one thing preppers probably don’t have enough of, it’s…well, it’s everything. However, we tend also to find ourselves short of shelves to put our preps on. That was where I was, so I hit up Amazon to see what I could see.
That’s when I found this, the Edsal Heavy Duty 5-Shelf Shelving Unit that just called to me. Well, now that I’ve put it together and put some stuff on it, it’s time for the review.
This is a 72″ tall, 36″ wide, and 18″ deep solid metal shelving unit that’s designed to be both durably constructed while simple to assemble with a minimum of tools. That’s a very tall order for anything.
Did it succeed? Let’s find out.
The first thing I noticed was the price. At $50, I couldn’t help but feel like it was worth the cost to try it out. I didn’t think it could come close to the flimsiness of the plastic shelves that were already there
Ease of Construction
Like anything else of this type, it comes broken down and has to be assembled. The Edsal unit doesn’t require extensive tools, though I personally found a hammer was extremely useful. Rounded pins with a T-profile fit into circular slots on angle-brackets that make up the corners of the piece, then shift down into narrower slots, locking the pieces into place.
It’s not overly complicated until you get about halfway.
You see, the piece comes with eight angle brackets. This design allows you to configure the shelf as a workbench/work table. However, that’s not what I wanted to do, so I had to figure it out. While the instructions present it as a rather straightforward manner, it’s a bit trickier than indicated.
Of the 10-15 minutes, I spent putting this together, about half of it was figuring this out. However, that’s still only five to seven minutes, so it’s hardly too much of an issue.
The shelf consists of fairly rigid and sturdy metal pieces and particleboard shelves. I’m not crazy about the particleboard, but there’s an upside. The 1/4″ board is stand alone, meaning they can be replaced with sturdier plywood.
While moving the shelving unit into position, it’s clear that one needs to be careful. The shelves aren’t cinched down in any way, so they can pop out. However, that’s hardly a dealbreaker.
On the Gettin’ Prepping scale, I’ll give this an 8/10. I’m knocking half a point off for the less than stellar instructions and one-point-five off because the unit doesn’t come with any kind of plastic or rubber feet on the base. That means moving it by yourself can lead to floor damage on anything but carpeting.
Using Amazon’s scale, I’d call it an even four stars. It’s definitely worth the money. How worth it? The spousal unit has already said she wants two more for our storage room.