Rated 5 out of 5 by Suri This bench adds personality to any room.
The Dorchester 2-Seat Bench exceeded my expectations in quality of materials, design, and workmanship. The bench is an attractive piece and can be used for additional seating. I use mine in our guestroom as a luggage valet.
January 3, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by jdow I've had this bench for 5 years - it gets occasional use
I initially had this bench under my bay window. My dogs used it to get on the window ledge. Through them hopping up on it the "rush" became comprimised, so I put it in my basement for later use. I occasionally used it when we had company, but never sat on it myself. Last night, I did. I had splinters of the "rush" material in my pants as well as all over my floors. I guess the material dries out after a few years. I was very uncomfortable to sit on even for a few minutes!
December 30, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Margaret1 Happy with selection
The three seat bench in cream is perfect for my breakfast room table. The slightly distressed finish matches my existing Ethan Allen table. Quality is very good for the price. Only drawback is that the rattan seat is scratchy so my kids need to wear long pants.
December 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LuvFrenchCountry Gorgeous Bench
I ordered the worn black and it fits perfectly in my foyer. It will look even better when I get the toffee check cushion. It arrived quickly and well packaged. The worn black is very classy, and I highly recommend it!!!
December 5, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by itam13 Kids love it
My 3 children love this bench which I am using at my kitchen table. It slides neatly under my 80 year old antique, 5 leg table. I am going to order the matching seat cover for it this week. I am also considering ordering 1 more. I bought this one to use because we are using all leaves in the table now and 1 of my 6 chairs broke.
I have had it about a month. One negative I have observed is that with 3 children seated on it, some fibers from the woven seat were underneath it on the floor. I am hoping this is a short term, new issue and will not be a problem over time. I ordered this in brown, it is really pretty.
December 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Special2buy Perfect solution to a guest bathroom
I am in the design program and found this to be the perfect solution for my client's guest bath.
She had a large black mirror, dark bronze hardware, beautiful tiles on the floor and in the shower and a bench was needed for a guest to sit and take off their shoes.
Added some much needed greenery, a small oriental rug, hung her art and everything just popped!!
Thank you Ballard Design! Oh, by the way, customer service was wonderful!!
November 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheNeighborhoodDecorator Great as a luggage rack in guest bedroom!
This well-made, sturdy bench does double duty in my guest room. My guests can sit on it while putting on or taking off shoes. Mostly, they use it as a luggage rack, which makes living out of a suitcase less of a hassle since their luggage is up off the floor. Some reviews say the rush seat wears quickly, but my bench seat is holding up fine!
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by elvis Excellent buy
This is a well-constructed, handsome bench. Using it for breakfast room table seating.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by KH39 Great product
I purchased the three-seat bench for my kitchen table. The cream color matches perfect, an antique white sort of color with distressing. It was delivered ahead of time, already in one piece too. It is really solid and we've had a ton of compliments. It fits three people easily. The only problem is the rush seat flakes (like straw) - because my children sit with their shoes on it sometimes. It makes a mess on floor after a day or so of active use. I have to get a cushion and I'm sure it'll be fine.
November 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alittlefrench Great size and features
I purchased the Dorchester 2 seat bench for dual duty, to be used as a coffee table, and extra seating.
The surface isn't quite level, so I'm using a tray to hold glasses, etc. The tray actually adds a special touch.
Perfect size, love it!
October 31, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by FLevitt Great to look at - a little scratchy
Great looking benches (I got two of large benches -- one as a window seat, and one for the end of my bed). But they are scratchy to sit on, and the straw breaks and comes off easily. Cushions would cure both problems, but I like the look of the bare straw... so I just have to be careful (and not let the cats anywhere near them).
-- Felicia in Montrose
October 30, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by DebMW not enough seat support
I love the style. Quality is pretty good. I bought the longest bench, which does not have enough support under the woven seat. The seat is already sinking down. The smaller one would have more support. The bar stools are excellent.
October 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maite Very good quality
I love this seat padding!! It is nice and thick so it is very comfortable to sit on.
October 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Equestrian2 Bench good cushion not so good
Liked the bench very much and it works in my space. The cushion on the other hand was disappointing especially for that price. It is very soft. The fill material is not good enough. I would have given the bench 5 stars and the cushion 1star.
October 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by booksgal The Dorchester bench is just the right size for my entry hall.
Two seats--comfortable, and easy to move elsewhere for extra seating. Nice first impression!
October 15, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by JQINOK Bench smells like a barn
I've had this bench for at least a month and the woven seat still smells like hay in a barn. Thought it would pass and didn't want to keep the smelly box in the house so I threw it out. Otherwise I would have shipped it back already. The rubbed cream color is good and blended with some tables I already own, but not impressed with the "hand rubbed finish". Looks like paint was brushed on then sanded off in places down to bare wood. Very disappointing purchase.
October 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by New2NC This bench was a great purchase
I purchased this bench to put under a large picture window in my country dining-room/kitchen. It fits perfectly and looks great. The rush seat is a little lighter than the rush seats on the dining-room chairs, but it looks fine. It also comes in very handy when I have company. The kids love to sit on it at the table on it and I don't have to pull the folding chairs out.
October 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MaineMom Excellent purchase
The bench came fully assembled and was in perfect condition, packed with extreme care and plenty of protective wrap. The antique white is a lovely cream color. Many friends have commented on how pretty it looks with my cream leather chairs.
Enough room for 2 extra guests with cocktails.
September 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BRshop1 Good value
I ordered the 3 seat in Hickory Brown. Very pleased with the product, exactly as pictured. Works well as seating at a long table and fits underneath when not in use. Looks great too! Thanks Ballard Design.
August 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Loyo Love it! Love it! Love it!
Received my bench in pristine condition. It was packaged like it was going around the world. The quality was fantastic and very substantial. I ordered it for a guest bedroom and it looks fabulous and far surpassed my expectations! I would NOT hesitate to recommend this bench to anyone. Believe me, you won't be disappointed.
July 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marinite Great multi-purpose bench
I bought the Dorchester 2-Seat bench to use in my living room entry area. I bought it in light green. I plan to use it for extra seating for when we have guests. I love it!
July 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mimay Lovely bench!
I LOVE this bench! It is the perfect size for my kitchen entry for sitting to put on shoes, put groceries. The best thing is that it came assembled!!
July 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PippaLilly Dorchester Bench (3 seater)
Love the 3 seater dochester bench. It blends in well with my dining room set and has given us additional seating without a hassel. It is very comfortable to sit on and since it is the same height as the dining room chairs you don't feel like you not seeing everyone eye to eye. Would definitely recommend it to others.
June 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sioux Great looiking
When we received our bench, it was packaged exceptionally well. All corners were padded and protected. We bought the black bench, and it looks great at the end of our bed. We have a traditional poster bed, and we purchased the bench to "catch" the bed coverings so they don't end up on the floor every night.
June 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Summer68 Benches were exactly as pictured!
The benches look perfect in my living room! Quality is great and they will look good for many years to come. I will not hesitate to order from Ballard in the future.
June 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Radioactive Really nice looking bench
I bought the 3 seat dorchester bench to put at the end of our queen size bed. It looks great. It arrived with no damage.
May 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lvdzine Well made
Great bench reminiscent of a French country piece. Great construction
April 30, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by aliasMonique Versatile piece
Sturdy quality bench construction - only exception is that it is not uniformly stained on the underside of the rungs... (something I can remedy... but why should "I" have too?). Bench is functional & adaptable to various decor styles.
April 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoyfulHome Love this bench!
THis is a great bench, excellent quality and looks beautiful under my bay window. I only wish that they would allow for customer supplied material for the cushions that go with the bench. . . none of the cushion fabrics that they offer will work in my space, so it looks like I have to go elsewhere for the cushion.
April 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by suem123 Great bench
This bench is very sturdy and looks exactly as pictured (sometimes things look nice in the picture, but look cheaply made when in person). It comes so well wrapped, it's a bit frustrating unwrapping it, but there is no chance of it having a nick or scratch on it from delivery :-)
April 12, 2012