Massena Ladder Bookcase by Three Posts Review


This classy bookcase will allow you to display your favorite reads and collections of cherished knickknacks in style. It is a leaning ladder bookcase that measures just under 6 feet tall and comes in a stately design that is made in the United States using manufactured wood in a dark jamocha finish. It comes in a leaning ladder silhouette that features an open back, five fixed shelves of varying depths to provide you with the perfect platform for framed family photos, rows of novels, a bookshelf speaker, or even sand design bottles you’re your trip to the Middle East.

Three Posts is in the business of offering contemporary furniture for today’s shopper. They know that you’re always on the move and create value-priced apartment essentials that capture the urban aesthetic and are designed to fit in homes of all shapes and sizes.

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Read on below for our review of this highly sought-after item.


This item features an open back panel and a frame that is made of manufactured wood. The shelves are made of wood and there are 5 tiered shelves in all. The top shelf has a maximum weight capacity of 15 pounds. The 3rd and 4th shelves can hold 30 pounds, the 1st and 2nd shelves can hold 25 pounds, and the 5th shelf can hold 40 pounds. Made in the United States, this item is intended and approved for residential use. Assembly is required.

Here are the dimensions of this item. Be sure to measure the size of the space you have available against the dimensions of the item you intend to buy whenever placing an online order so that you can ensure a good fit.

  • Shelf – Fifth 12.25” H x 14.5” D
  • Shelf – Top 10.38” D x 23.5” W
  • Overall Dimensions: 71.14” H x 23.5” W x 16.62” D
  • Shelf Height – Top to Bottom – Shelf to shelf: 12.25”
  • Shelf Height – Top to Bottom – Floor to bottom shelf: 12.25”
  • Shelf Height – Top to Bottom – Fourth: 12.25”
  • Shelf Depth – Front to Back – Third: 11.75”
  • Shelf Depth – Front to Back – Fourth: 13.13”
  • Shelf Depth – Front to Back – Sixth: 14.5”
  • Shelf Depth – Front to Back – 1st shelf: 10.38”
  • Shelf: 21.38” W
  • Overall Product Weight: 60 lb.

Available Select Finish

This item is made of solid and manufactured wood and comes in the colors below:

  • Jamocha Wood
  • Chalked Chestnut
  • Vintage Oak


All the prices are only for reference, Exact price will be based on the latest quotation.

This stand can currently be purchased online at a price of $131.99. This is for the Jamocha Wood option. The other two options cost $149.99. There are protections plans available for this item that come at relatively low prices and are refundable within 30 days of purchase. After buying the stand, you can purchase the three-year plan for $11.99 or the five-year plan for $17.99. This will help you to keep your stand for a long time without fear of damage sustained during regular use.

Assembly can be purchased for this item for $75.99, and you can buy it for $12 a month using a payment plan from Affirm.


The pros of this item are that it is sturdy and affordable. It is made of MDF (vs. real wood) but is a good quality for something composed of this type of fiberboard. This bookshelf is half the price of a real wood (pine or basswood) version with similar dimensions. The real wood pieces also had reviews stating that the shelves were thin and prone to bowing under the weight of books. We don’t think this will be a problem with this bookcase as the run (the length of the shelf) is not too long and the MDF material seems to be relatively high quality. Another benefit of this product is that it is made in the USA. In terms of both quality control and supporting American workers, try to purchase items produced in the USA (unless you are a globalist, in which case you can buy from anyone, anywhere). Finally, this product is very thoughtfully packaged for shipping. They use heavy fiberboard rails/corners to make an external skeleton around the package. This is then wrapped in heavyweight plastic.


The bookcase can be a little difficult to put together. We also had a small issue with the finish. Some of the upright pieces where the laminate has a rough edge can look as though it might peel over time. You can smooth it down and applied a coat of clear glue over it. This will work well and you cannot visibly tell that there is a problem there. You may also have issues in getting the little plastic finish buttons which cover the exposed hardware to lock in place and do their job. You may end up having to glue them into place. Finally, the biggest complaint we found about this item was not about the product itself but about technical glitches while ordering. One buyer received an error message in trying to place their order. I waited a few minutes, checking email and order history on their account to make sure the order truly had not gone through before trying again. Nothing came up so they tried again and successfully placed the order. Several hours later they received order confirmations for two separate orders. They immediately logged on to Wayfair and went through the order cancellation process for the second order. Sometime later I received a reply stating that the order could not be canceled as it had already shipped from the warehouse. So they now have two bookcases and only needed one.

Another buyer had a different set of issues with this item. They said that the black covering started to bubble up on one of two of these bookcases that they had purchased. On the other one, the black began to wear off on the corners of the shelves. Also, the covers for the screws kept falling off and would not stay on. When they first got them, they were really excited and they looked great, but they do not see to stand up to limited use over time.

Finally, this bookcase can be extremely difficult to assemble. Some people found the instructions not as thorough as expected. Additionally, the screws needed to be as tight as possible. If anything was slightly loose, the next steps were impossible to fit. The bookcase looks nice once it is upright, but the assembly process is difficult at best.


Trends come and go, fashions change, but elegance and class are timeless. With that in mind, it can be said that the 50s represented a decade in which sleek designs, simple aesthetics, and solid hues ruled in the world of fashion and design. These are the themes that were the inspiration for the Massena Ladder Bookcase by Three Posts. From coast to coast, and from the shores of Florida to the beaches of California, Three Posts is home to celebrations of warm feelings that are classic inspirations for city getaways. Their furniture and décor items bring the beauty of the city into your home and they help you escape to a feeling of urban (and urbane) living on any budget.

With that in mind, this item is a steal at a price of less than $200 and an overall rating of 4.6 on a scale of 5 across over 1600 unique reviews with more than 1200 or 75% of them perfect 5 stars. It is easy to assemble, it comes in a decent range of colors, it is usually quick to deliver, it comes with great customer service, and it comes from a recognized design home that is known for creating reliable and chic furniture items for all seasons and all settings. From Texas to the North East and from California to DC, this item has positive reviews from all across the country. If you want something that you can use for a long time and will not have to break the bank to get it, you can go for the Massena Ladder Bookcase. We highly recommend this item and like the way it stands on its own and also the way it can be set up with a nice end table or a low coffee table and anchor your entire room in timeless class and versatile elegance. Try it today and let us know what you think about the item, our review, and home furnishing as a fun thing to do!

In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from furniture companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews.

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