This lamp is really cute and looks great in our living room. I would not put anything of value on the shelves, I just think items could easily get knocked over. Looks best without the clutter of objects. Husband put it together in less than 10 minutes. Not too crazy about the cord color would rather have the cord come out from bottom vs the top, provided cable ties are tacky. Overall, the lamp works, looks good, provides enough light, assemblies easily, and probably over priced.