Rated 5 out of 5 by Brightside1973 My favorite new piece of furniture
Why did I put off this purchase? It neatly stores my books that I am currently reading. I love the slant shelf! The product is very sturdy and easy to assemble. I highly recommend!
September 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lovebooks Classic look and functional
Measurements are spot on and the shelf was easy to assemble. Great addition to our home.
August 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by WhateverNickname It's perfect!
Just what I wanted, something with character, a bit old fashioned, and not just a sguare self bookcase. Directions were easy to follw, all parts were included, so simple assembly. I wouldn't hesitate to order another when the time comes
And they'd be spectacular in colors
June 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JMN89 Overall a good purchase
This bookshelf is a great price and looks really nice. It was the perfect size for where I needed it and fit in really well with my décor. It actually holds a lot more items than I anticipated, which is a plus. The only negative was that I didn't find the assembly as easy as it could have been - based on the position of the pieces it was a little hard to twist in the screws. It went much easier with two people.
April 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RoseinNJ Wonderful addition!
I can be a tough critic when it comes to furniture. This piece was perfect for my small study. It was easy to assemble and seems to be very sturdy. It added a certain panache to the room and is exactly as I pictured it from the on line photo. Do not hesitate. This one is a keeper!
March 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Momofdogs Excellent in any room
I bought this bookshelf for a room that I had in mind but it looks great in every room and now I don't know where to use it! It is very functional and was easy to put together. Plenty of room for books and decor.
March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChattyC Great value
I ordered two of these to use like a sofa table behind a sectional in our great room. They look great and are the just what we needed to keep cookbooks, placemats, napkins and candles near the table.
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GaPOinTX Perfect for book storage and media display
Purchased this bookshelf for my teenage son. We hung his television above and put his textbooks and other reading materials on the shelves. It's perfect. The black finish works well w/ any decor.
January 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by DEBallardFan Perfect size
This was the perfect size bookshelf, fits in front of my window.
One recommendation is to use regular screws instead of the hex head ones. I put this together by myself. It was difficult aligning the screws through the holes & tightening with a hex key wrench while holding pieces together.
I would recommend this product to a friend & help with assembly.
December 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by StyleatHome Stylish and functional
I bought a pair of these bookshelves for my home office, where they look great. Thanks to previous reviewers who alerted me that I would need to refinish the extremely rough surfaces or ruin my books, boxes, tablets and anything else I used them for. Following their advice, I sanded the pieces with 220 grit paper, washed them with soap and water (according to directions on metal spray paint can), painted them (two coats) with matte black. In all, about 3 hours of sanding for each bookcase, 2+ hours spray painting for each (had to set up paint area between coats), an hour each to assemble these by myself. Ballard needs to change the finish on these bookcases; I don't understand the reason for the very rough finish when another type of powder-coating could be applied But, they sure are cute!
August 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lovetoshop12345 very sturdy
This product is very attractive and sturdy. I love it!
August 11, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JTB195 Nice and funcitonal BUT material terrible
The overall function and look of the piece is nice...but what everyone says is true the material is terrible. The metal coating is very rough and hard to clean - if at all. If you rub it even with brush up against it leaves a residue....so cleaning it is challenging - I just lightly dust it with a Swiffer duster but that is it. I got something on it - probably dog slobber and I couldn't really get it off.
I like the look but wish the material was better - they need to sand down the coating a bit to make it easier to keep clean.
May 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GGAPP Perfect piece
We were very excited to get this piece. We had read previous reviews and were a little concerned about the texture of it and how difficult it would be to assemble. After receiving it we were very pleased, it took less than 30 minutes to assemble. The texture is a little rough but not unexpected. We now wish we had bought the taller one!
April 10, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by midwestconsumer nice look, don't like finish
I love the look of this book shelf - unique. The size is great. But the finish is very rough - just like the other reviewers note. I sprayed the polyurethane on it as one reviewer recommended. But even so, the finish remains very rough. It's impossible to wipe off dust as the cloth gets caught in the rough finish. I kept this piece to avoid the hassle of returning it. But I would not have purchased if I had seen it first.
March 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by RANGERDICK Great Design and Sturdy Construction
Finish as described is misleading; turns out to be an application quite unlike any powder coated finish I have ever seen, very rough and would be very abrasive to book covers over time.
Proceeded to have unit powder coated anew in a black satin finish.......cost $150; yeh it was that bad!
December 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mackey Perfect for our guest room.
Placed it next to the bed. The top can be used for a carafe of water and their book and lamp! The angle shelf now holds guest towels and magazines on the lower.
December 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Francelover Great piece, good value
This bookcase is a great size for locating just about anywhere and can double as a display surface or side table. The shape is very interesting and the angled top shelf makes viewing book titles very easy. I don't love the feel of the powder-coat finish but it looks good and is well made.
November 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by AmateurDecorator2 Great vintage style
My grandmother had a 100-year-old mahogany version of this shelf in her living room and when she passed away, my mom gave it to my sister (much to my annoyance because I had always loved it). Then I was pleasantly surprised to find the same vintage-style library shelf at Ballard! I like the paint, finishings, and quality and the shelf holds a number of my heavy coffee table books. It was a little difficult to put together however. On one side, I couldn't get the screws screwed in all the way. Try assembling it with two people (I tried to put it together on my own). Aside from the assembly issues, I love this book shelf and it reminds me of my grandmother!
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LuvsFurniture Cute, easy to put together
Got this when it was on sale for $119 (thanks Ballards!). Got two of them to flank my bedroom window. The metal has a gritty texture. It was incredibly easy to put them together. Love the unique design. I was not able to put magazine holders on the bottom shelf due to the middle v-shaped shelf angle, but there is plenty of room to stack books. It's such a strong, sturdy shelf that I stacked a lot of heavy coffee table books on that bottom shelf. Arrived in less than a week (to MN). This is the third time I've purchased shelves from Ballards and bought a side table from here years ago. Great designs, incredible value.
October 24, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by olddogmo Good design but questionable execution
Ideally I would have preferred this bookshelf in wood or with wood shelves but I found for an inexpensively priced item it had good design details and fits well into my living room. Assembly was straight forward with no problems. HOWEVER, while the textured paint softens the look and removes a cheap metal apperance that a gloss finish would do, the finish results in something akin to sandpaper. It is near impossible to wipe with a cloth without leaving reside or even if you swipe your hand across the surface. The abrasive surface is not friendly to book covers or fragile materials. Contrary to some other commenters, its "powder coated" paint does not mean that it has to be as rough as it is. I eventually solved the problem by very, very lightly sanding the shelf surfaces (not the frame or shelf undersides) with very fine sandpaper (really requires only a very small amount of sanding and could be easy to sand too much as you only want to knock down the sharpness) and then spraying the whole bookcase with a flat black enamel. It now retains a textured surface but not so extreme as to be problem. Ballard should revise their build/construction specs to provide a less abrasive but textured finish.
October 24, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by cci1230 Very Disappointed
I was very disappointed with the finish. Even though the reviews said it had a "rough" finish, I didn't expect it to be this bad. I sprayed it with a clear finish attempting to smooth it out, but it was so rough, even three coats didn't help. So now I'm in the process of sanding and spraying again. I wish I had returned the item before trying to make it work......
October 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by texasAg Powder coated bookshelf
I really enjoy the look of this bookshelf. I was not expecting the look & feel of the powder coated iron...reminds me of a truck bed liner feel & look, however, I still love this product & it is very functional!
October 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by SEABALLARD Looks great!
Not too hard to assemble and looks great. Textured metal could be difficult to dust/clean - we'll see after I've had it for a while!
October 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Love at first sight...
I LOVE THIS SHELF! Even my husband who was not thrilled with the purchase at first has made several comments on how it fits the space perfectly and makes the room look better.
Very happy with the purchase. Appreciate it being offered at a savings so we could try it as the savings put it in our price range. :-)
Thank you Ballard!
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sofie Nice storage
I love it. Looks great by the door in my Florida room.
You can store shoes, books and even put decorations on top. I almost need another one for my outside clutter.
September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by pickygirl problem solved
I searched for a way to store all my sheet music and scores near my piano,,,and this holds all my collection, and looks good. Perfect!
September 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by GottaLoveit33 Pretty and Functional
I was looking for a bookshelf that was not your average bookshelf, and that's what I got! It's both pretty and functional. Spacious without being too big. Love it!
September 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer an old fashioned book case
i love this bookcase...it is beautiful and very well made...it holds lots of magazines and books
September 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bettylou Great product
I love this booksellers bookcase. It fits nicely below my bedroom window with room on top for house plants, plenty of room for books in the middle and a shelf on the bottom for decorative boxes,etc.
September 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by storagefiend useful size
This fits perfectly near my desk and holds all the catalogs and paper products that I hoped it would. The color (black) is unobtrusive.
September 5, 2013