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Atlantic MaxSteel 12-Tier Steel Wire Media Rack

By Tab Olsen

MaxSteel sounds like the name of a superhero, doesn’t it? Well, MaxSteel sure helped save us from a big problem – the dilemma of DVD storage! After our existing shelves became full, DVDs were haphazardly getting stacked up on top higher and higher, in danger of falling.

Even though we’ve been streaming more movies on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu these days, we still end up buying the best classics and our favorite recent releases on DVD. Call me old-fashioned, but if it’s a movie I really like, I want to be able to get it in a box and add it to my collection, not just watch it online. Plus we have lots of educational programs on DVD.

So anyway, I was looking all over for a DVD rack that was big enough to store all our DVDs, with room for more. It would be placed in a multipurpose guest bedroom that’s also used for watching TV, working on the computer, and storing school supplies, so it also had to be the perfect shape, size, and style to fit into a tight space while looking good. I finally found the perfect one on Amazon!

The Atlantic MaxSteel media rack is built with 12 adjustable shelves that provide a vast amount of storage space. This is the tallest one I could find of any kind! The 12-tier media rack is specially designed to store CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. It has the capacity to hold 864 CDs or 450 DVDs. It will also hold videos if you still have some of them. You could even use it as a paperback bookcase. Depending on what else you collect, you could use it to hold baseball hats, shoes, houseplants, LEGO sets, or anything that’s not too heavy.

50 regular-sized DVD cases will fit on each shelf, and with a bookend on each end (included but not shown here), you can put 50 more DVDs on the top rack for a total storage capacity of 500 DVDs. With all of our boxed sets we don’t have quite that much capacity, but we still have room for adding more DVDs on the top and bottom shelf!

If you grew up building things like LEGO and other snap-together construction kits, you will love the MaxSteel media rack. It’s like putting together a giant Erector set! It comes with 8 tubes, which when snapped together make up the four corner posts. Adding the shelves is also a simple matter of snapping them in place. We were able to get the whole unit put together in just 30 minutes!

A great thing about the Max Steel media rack is that the shelves are infinitely adjustable to whatever height you need. There are no notches or holes that they have to sit in. We used a DVD case as a spacer as we snapped the shelves in place. But when we put the completed media rack in place, one of the shelves was in the way of a light switch on the wall. No problem, it was a simple matter of unsnapping the shelves one at a time and moving each one up a bit to leave a larger opening for that one shelf. Since there’s no back on the unit, we can reach through to flip the switch. It worked out fine, too, as a shelf for putting the boxed sets which are taller than normal DVD cases.

Incidentally, the four bottom feet are independently adjustable. You can level them to make the unit stand sturdily on uneven floors. You can also twist the two front feet up a little higher so the rack will tip backwards slightly to lean against the wall for extra stability. If there are mischievous little kids in your house, you can use the included safety mounting straps for securing the rack to the wall to keep it from being pulled over.

The MaxSteel media rack is a truly brilliant, flexible design. Since the posts and shelves all snap together in a modular manner, you can purchase two units and physically connect them by positioning the posts and staggering the shelf placement to make a triple-wide unit. Or make a double-wide unit with one set of posts in the center, and use the extra two posts to make a separate short shelf unit with the leftover shelves. Or maybe even make an extra tall one! Young engineers could have a blast working on the different possibilities. I would love to get a whole wall of these if we had enough space.

Finally, nice-looking good quality ready-to-assemble shelving that’s actually fun to put together! The MaxSteel 12-tier media rack has a silver finish for added elegance. It would blend in with any décor in a living room, media room, bedroom, or school room. It would also be easy to set up and take down for dorm or apartment dwellers. No tools necessary!

Here are the specs:

  • Stores CD/DVD media
  • Holds 864 CDs or 450 DVDs (or a combination of both)
  • Made of steel tubing and wire shelving, with 12 adjustable shelves (if you only store DVDs, which are taller than CDs, you will end up with two shelves left over)
  • Includes movable wire bookend-type dividers
  • Ready to assemble
  • Silver finish
  • Includes safety mounting straps for securing rack to wall to help prevent tipping
  • 76 3/4″H x 33 1/2″W x 8 1/4″D
  • Weight: 46 lbs.
  • Includes 1 year mfr. limited warranty

Atlantic makes MaxSteel shelving in black, too, but it’s quite a bit shorter, with 8 shelves instead of 12, and which are of a slightly different design:

One Amazon reviewer purchased two of the black 8-shelf sets and interlocked them to make a triple-wide DVD unit (this enables you to use every shelf, with none left over):

If you get any MaxSteel shelving, send us your photos and/or leave a comment saying what you use them for and how you arranged them!

Please note: This product was NOT provided for free or at a discount in exchange for a review. The above item was purchased by a homeschooling family at their own expense.

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