The Sauder bookcase has proven to be one of the sturdiest and most useful items that I own. It's an inexpensive piece of furniture that most people will find easy enough to assemble with simple tools, in about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on skill level). I bought the oak-veneer version of this bookcase to house some quilting books in my craft room. The shelves are adjustable (with little pegs that you place where you want the shelf), so I was able to take out one shelf so that my large, encyclopedic-sized books fit nicely on the bottom, and the smaller books tucked in at the top on the remaining shelf. If I ever want the third shelf again, it's easy enough to add the pegs and shelf back to the original configuration. I've found the veneer to be easy to keep clean with regular dusting; the veneer has a slick, laminated feel to it and hasn't been a dust magnet. Anything sticky wipes off easily with a damp cloth. My Sauder bookcase has been sturdy enough to make the move to a new room in a new house. It hasn't buckled and only has minor chips to the finish. The back of the bookcase is nothing more than thick cardboard, but it's held up fine. All in all, it will never take the place of a real, solid wood bookcase, but it certainly has the long-lasting durability to make it a quality piece of furniture in its category.