Legit, this post is about the BEST piece of home decor in my entire apartment.
And not because my place is lacking in home decor, which it is.
Because we’re talking about a female superhero BOOKSHELF. And bookend.
Do I even need to elaborate?
Receiving the Products
They ship from Israel and actually came fairly quickly, in less than two weeks. The products weren’t damaged, and the packaging they came in wasn’t too damaged either. In fact, the packaging is gorgeous:
I love the creative titles on the books! And the fact that it’s minimal packaging is a plus too. Environmentally friendly 🙂
There are instructions on the back to show you how to use each item, and it tells you if you need any separate items for installation. (If you want to read them, click either of the images below.)
For the floating bookshelf, I did need to purchase screws separately, but this didn’t bother me — I just got some drywall screws from Home Depot for around $5. I couldn’t find a link to the exact ones I got, but you can easily find decent drywall screws on Amazon for about the same price.
The Supergal Bookend
I set this one up first because I didn’t have to go out and buy anything for it. After carefully removing the Supergal bookend from the packaging (because I’m weird and wanted to keep the packaging looking pretty) I found that the pieces were encased in plastic. Removing it from that, I discovered the metal is pretty strong, nothing flimsy about it. Awesome!
I stuck a book on the end and immediately attached the magnetic superhero woman to it to see how she would float, and it’s a nice and strong magnet. Obviously with the weight of one book the bookend tips over, so to counter the weight of it you do kind of need to balance it while you’re leaning more books on it. Once you cover up the entire bottom, it looks super cool!
I left the Supergal bookend on my desk’s upper shelf, which sits right in front of the windowsill. Unfortunately that lasted for about a day until the cat started trying to knock the superhero woman over, which resulted in the books falling everywhere. So keep in mind that if you have a cat, the magnet isn’t quite strong enough to resist the little animals. I did find the arm was bent a tiny bit, but it was easy to bend it back, no creases or cracks.
All in all, I’m super happy with it! (Get it? Ha.)
Dude. This is the COOLEST.
I opened it up and found this was also made of good strong metal, and the super woman is also pretty strong.
But you do need two things to install your Wondershelf, one of which isn’t mentioned on the packaging because it’s not really something any product would mention.
1.You need 2 drywall screws if you’re just going to put it on a regular wall. (Obviously you’d need different screws if you’re going to mount it on wood or something else.)
2. If you’re installing it on drywall, you need a stud finder. Mine is a Zircon, it looks similar to the one linked here for about $25. You might already have one if you’ve ever mounted anything on your wall.
The reason for a stud finder is to make sure that when you’re hanging something on the wall, it’s relying on something stronger than just drywall (which is really not strong at all). The “stud” it finds for you is usually a vertical piece of wood that is part of the frame in a building. It’s way more reliable to hang something on than just drywall, so when you use your stud finder to find a stud you’ll want to mark the spot with a pencil. That way you know where to put your screw. My stud finder finds the edges of any wood in the wall, so you know how wide the wood is.
I chose a wall that is pretty narrow, so there was one stud in it and I found a way to try and centre it on the wall. If you mount your Wondershelf on a bigger wall, you’ll likely be able to find a few different studs and choose the best one for what you want. Either way, do NOT go without a stud just to make it look centred or whatever — the Wondershelf does hold up to 3.5 kg and you don’t want your shelf breaking off any drywall if it falls down for any reason. (Another reason to never overload anything like this!) It’ll be way better supported on a stud.
I just used a screwdriver to install the screws, because at only 3.5 kg you don’t really need to get an anchor… at least according to my dad. (You can see where I learned all my random knowledge about this type of thing!)
After that I put one book on the shelf, sliding it on by the back cover, and then stuck the magnetic superhero woman to the bottom. Then I stacked a few books on top and voilà! SUPER awesome floating bookshelf!
I must say I picked a pretty good spot, and it makes it super easy to keep books I want to read next right where I need them. (It’s next to do the door that leads outside the bedroom.)
I am in love with both the Wondershelf and the Supergal bookend.
Like a true nerd. They’re fantastic quality, made from strong metal and with a strong magnet so the superhero pieces don’t fall off and actually do keep the books in place. I like that they’re in a neutral colour like black, too, so they go well anywhere and I can imagine them as a woman of any ethnicity.
I will say I kind of wish the women looked more like actual women and not with tiny-ass waists, but I suppose I can forgive that since generally comic book female superheroes do look that. I don’t think I’ve seen a product like this anywhere, so I’m just happy that they have a female superhero at all!
Plus it’s pretty good timing to release this product when the Wonder Woman movie is coming this summer… which, by the way, I am trying REALLY hard not to have high hopes for, but I really want it to be good. And how awesome would it be for the first DC movie to not suck to be Wonder Woman?!
So in my not-so-humble opinion, these are the BOMB and you should definitely pick these up for yourself or even as a gift. Mother’s Day is right around the corner!
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