Rated 5 out of 5 by nick2ky Love my new bench
My new bench fits perfectly by my front entry way. Matches my furniture also. Never have a problem with Ballard. Always satisfied with whatever I order. Thank you!
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Babbleon Good quality - well made - comfortable
I bought a two-seat rubbed cream for a pass-way from my kitchen to my den - as extra seating, a place to drop bags and mail, an extra seat that could be pulled anywhere in the house. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and the comfort of the bench - it is a good depth and well made. The cream worked nicely with cabinet accents in my kitchen. So, I ordered a rubbed gray 3-seater for my laundry room. I had been searching for a solution there for years - and looking at various very expensive cabinet combinations - but after seeing (and sitting on) the 2-seater I bought - I opted for the 3 seater and hung a shelf/cubby/hook combination cabinet above it. It is awesome. THEN I needed a luggage rack for my guest room - but came up with the idea of putting a 2-seater (hickory brown) under the window in that room - and it's super nice - allows guest the flexibility to use as a seat or a luggage rack or a place where I can stack an extra blanker or two or some books. The guest room is really a 'craftsman' style of furniture - but the style of the bench works great - my style is a harmonious blend of all styles, I guess. Would highly recommend this product. Be sure to measure your length and depth available as these are generous benches!
October 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by bethrene Perfect to be used at foot of bed.
Used bench at foot of bed with cushion. Perfect to set a suitcase on while packing or unpacking, to sit on to tie up tennis shoes, or just to sit and watch TV.
July 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Benchshopper Nice product but finish not what was expected
The ordering process was very efficient and the bench was received in a timely manner. I ordered the rubbed white finish but was disappointed in the overall look of the painted parts of the bench. It was certainly white but did not have the rubbed look that was pictured and was expected. I kept the bench because I liked the overall appearance but would caution others if you are looking for the antiqued look, you may be disappointed.
July 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kimmm Perfect
I ordered the one seat bench for my vanity table and it is perfect. Looks great with the farmhouse cushion and is very comfortable. Love it!
July 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Njscollect Great purchase
Exactly as advertised. Arrived in excellent condition, packaged well and fits nicely in our beach home.
July 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MyBallard french country bench
I purchased 3 benches. They are pretty and functional and look great with my casual kitchen table.
I wish they were about 1" - 2" smaller as they are a bit wide.
July 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dillinger Unique
This bench is exactly what I've been looking for. It's not so easy to find a bench seat at this height. Love the woven rush seat.
May 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5
by AnnieShops Not Same Bench as Previous "Dorchester"
I purchased this 1-seat bench to match the "Dorchester" 1-seat bench I purchased in 2011. This product has different turned legs, thicker legs, and the horizontal leg supports are several inches lower than the previous bench. The new finish is also not quite as nicely 'rubbed'. The previous "Dorchester" bench I purchased was made in Italy, this one is made in Vietnam. I loved the previous version of this "Dorchester". The new one isn't as nice. I am disappointed. Ballard Designs, if the product is not the same, please don't use the same product name. I have attached a photo of the previous bench made in Italy, on the left, and the new version on the right.
May 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyinHouston2 Dorchester 1-seat bench
Beautiful 1-seat bench and perfect for a bath vanity stool. The hickory brown finish is lovely as is the rush seat. Ballard really knows how to pack their furniture well…it arrived in pristine condition.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by winter4ever Love the black frame
I love this bench. It is placed in my foyer with a large black framed mirror above it on a golden wall. Everyone uses it to take off or put on their winter boots.
April 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jannygirl This bench is very well made
I ordered this bench for an entry area. It gets a lot of use. I am very pleased with the quality and look. I do not have the "shedding" issues that others mentioned. Highly recommend.
April 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by harp Some problems with this product
I've got to write this review while I'm still totally out of breath from wrestling the foam insert into the cover! What a hassle! You need a slick cover over the foam - it won't slide into the cover - the fabric of the lining sticks on the foam. Now that it's on, it doesn't lay completely flat. I'm hoping that will correct itself over time. Never would have bought it if I knew it would come in two pieces and it would be SO difficult to put them together. Imagine what it will be like after I wash the cover a time or two! You need to revise this product.
March 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simplehome Great value; very versitle.
I bought two of the SINGLE seat benches in rubbed cream. Had trouble deciding which great color to get. I like the height of the seat, and they are surprisingly comfortable to sit on. Except for drinks, they work as extra snack tables, too. They are easy to move around and seem very sturdy.
March 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CC727 this product is lovely
I am very happy with the dorchester two-seat bench. It looks adorable in my dining room. I would recommend it to anyone. I have had several compliments on this piece.
March 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by luvmybench Love this bench
I would recommend this bench. It came packaged with no dents or scratches. I was impressed with the price and quality. It is sturdy to sit on and not wobbly. I recommend this bench.
March 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PNut Benches
I was very surprised with the fast delivery. Also, the benches were strong and sturdy.
March 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by newlifegirl Great product - very attractive
Very happy with my Dorchester bench. I bought it to place along the wall in my dining room and to pull up to the table when we have guests. It works great for that - just the right height. It's so comfortable we all use it for sitting. Well made and attractive. I've gotten lots of complements on it.
March 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sunny2 Great Bench
I purchased the worn black 3-seat bench. It was packed well and arrived without damage. I waited almost 2 months to review this item to make sure there weren't any issues. Overall I am pleased with my purchase. I would have given it 5 stars but there is one problem. The rush does shed. However, it has decreased considerably since arriving and it is in heavy use. I use the bench as a coffee table and extra seating in our game room. The bench is primarily used by small kids and preteens. Yes, I do believe the bench will hold up under these conditions. :) The bench is solid and the finish is a perfect worn black.
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NanJ I love it.
In fact, I also ordered another one in a different size and finish. Love it, too.
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by shy2buy perfect fit
This bench will travel from room to room with ease.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SayrahK Nice bench!
I've been thinking of getting this bench for a long time and finally purchased it. The 2 seat bench is perfect of the foot of our king sized bed and I can use it for extra seating when we have a large group over. I'm even thinking of using it for a coffee table. Then I'll have to order another one! It's well made and well packaged.
February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AFGypsy This bench looks great in my mudroom.
This bench is a great addition to my mudroom. It's comfortable, inviting, and well made.
February 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MeMa1 This bench is sturdy and well constructed.
I have bought the counter stools in the past. They are ten years old and still in great condition. I always receive compliments on them.
I have noticed that the construction design has changed but the bench is still sturdy and well constructed, plus I did not purchase this bench to use with the counter stools so the design change did not matter.
February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sterling excellent products
Ordered two love them....Very well made and go with everything. Love the purchases as always great products.
February 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Myfrenchkitchen I love the look. And it' comfortable seat.
Love the look. Added to our existing table. Finishes the look.
February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fullhouse Met expectations
We were looking for a bench to seat 3 people comfortably. This bench meets the need. It looks nice, and is also very sturdy.
February 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vernon Addrey Mirror and Dorchester 2-seat bench
Both the mirrors and bench seat are great. This is the third Dorchester I've purchased and it's sturdy, comfy and stylist. Love 'em both.
February 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BJBL So perfect and pretty too!
I have been searching for a nice bench for my guest bathroom, one that would not be too large or overpowering. When I saw this Dorchester 2-Seat bench, I knew it was "the" one. I bought the 1 Seat bench too, for the vanity. I am so pleased, and happy that Ballard Designs offered this in the Distressed White as it was exactly what I needed and wanted.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lizincolorado There when you want it, invisible when you don't
Sturdy, good construction. We use for extra seating. Keep under large picture window when not in use. Glad we have the cushion, as that makes it comfortable to sit on. Too high to serve as coffee table for us. 3 seat size just right.
January 29, 2014