Rated 4 out of 5 by minikathie Love the look of this piece
Love the look of this piece, but I don't like the finish.
It's very sticky and can't be dusted. The only way I
can figure out how to clean it is to vaccuum it. Also, when I read
the dimensions, (which were very important for what
I wanted to use it for) the bottom shelf dimension was
given and I thought it was for the top shelf, which is
much narrower. I did find another use for it, as I really
liked the look of it. it's very sturdy and will hold heavy
September 5, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by LucyAMG Hard to assemble
I have assembled many items over the years, and this was a frustrating task. I ended up not following the directions as written, because they simply didn't work. That said, when I finally did get the job done, it looks good, is sturdy, and for a small piece, it holds an amazing amount of books.
August 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TeeBeeDeesign Pretty, sturdy, and versatile
I needed a cookbook shelf in my kitchen that would also act as storage, and this piece suited my needs perfectly. The dimensions were just right for my space, and its style and design fit the eclectic mood of my kitchen. It's solid and very well-constructed, and fits all my cookbooks.
Although it requires assembly, the directions for assembly are straightforward. It took me about an hour to put together by myself. For two people, it would take considerably less time.
Other reviewers have noted that the powder-coated finish is just slightly rough, which makes it a bit difficult to clean with a wet cloth. That's true. A standard sponge or microfiber cloth is not a good choice for cleaning this, because the fibers will catch a little on the surface. But I use a duster that attracts dust with static electricity to clean it, as well as the floor underneath it, in just a few seconds. No muss, no fuss. I would think that a vinegar/water solution on smooth T-shirt cloth might also do well to clean up any spots.
Finally, be aware that this is a powder-coated METAL bookshelf--if you expect it to be wood, do not order! But if it were made of wood it would cost more than twice as much. I actually like the fact that it is metal. I ordered it in white, but in the future, if I change my color scheme, I won't think twice about painting it.
If you want something for your books that's pretty and elegant, that offers additional storage, and that's functional, sturdy, and cost-effective, this is a great piece at a great price. Highly recommend.
August 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by jrvm sturdy, functional, clean lines & textural finish
I love this bookshelf!
It was easy to assemble, fits perfect in my space, holds books & accessories, and looks great!
August 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lklein Sturdy, but rough finish
I like it for its strength and elegant lines, but I guess I did not know that powder coated meant a very rough, sandpaper-like finish. It scratches easily in black, as someone noted, but also it will scratch the books or whatever you store on it, because the metal is rough (think coarse grade sandpaper feel) to the touch. I still like it, I was just expecting smooth metal.
August 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MelroseMom Better than described
When I read that the bookshelf was metal, I was hesitant to purchase it. However, it looks great in my living room. I use it as an end table with a lamp on top and it stores all of my child's books and toys on the shelf. It couldn't be a better product for this! It keeps everything nice and organized and off the floor. Thanks Ballard for another great piece of furniture!
July 25, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by toyhawk88 Good and bad
I have wanted this for a year. Pros: super easy to assemble/sturdy/sizing is just right. Con: I HATE the rough, pebbled surface. It's rough, dull, and it's a pain to clean. In catalog the surface looks smooth. My brain did not register what "powder coated finish" meant, so can't fault Ballard for that. That is the only reason I cannot recommend this item.
July 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Condo7 This piece is very well made and sturdy.
I am using this piece in our bathroom to hold extra rolled towels. On the bottom shelf, I placed two baskets, one for extra rolls of toilet paper and one to hold a hair dryer. It looks great and serves it's purpose. The reason I gave it 4 stars was due to the finish. It's very rough so the only way I can clean it is to use a vacuum.
July 14, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Greenhat It has no great features
Should be ok in a garage for holding oil cans and rags
June 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by EastBayLin Great product
This has worked out well by our front door for shoes, purse, etc. I like the rough finish, however, it does present a challenge when dusting.
June 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by JustACustomer poor engineering
this bookshelf would have been lovely if all the pieces could actually fit together. the actual holes on the parts did not line up correctly so it could not be assembled. too bad - this would have been perfect for my daughter's room.
June 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rhonie22 Just what I was looking for
I have been shopping for a small bookcase and when I saw this I knew I had found the perfect piece. It was easy to put together, and I love the tilted shelf.
May 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by finnster I love the size and the lines of this bookshelf.
Assembly was easy. My four and a half year old grandson helped my husband put it together.
April 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happyshopper2011 love the piece, not really the finish
This is a great piece that is holding all of my cookbooks. I love how easy it was to put together, and the look of it, but not sure if I like the finish. We'll see what it looks like in a year. Maybe I will repaint it....
April 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by sbl123 Looks great but is hard to clean
This shelf looks great by the door and is really handy. The only issue I have is that it is hard to clean/dust because of the rough surface. A damp/wet microfiber cloth seems to work the best.
Putting it together was fairly easy, but my husband had to use a specially sized screwdriver as using the one they provide was a bit difficult.
April 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MomShops Great piece for my foyer
I needed a table/storage piece for my foyer to store purses, backpacks, school books and shoes. I was looking for one that was open for quick, easy access but that looked nice. That is exactly what I found in this great piece. I bought it in matte black and added the black rubber boot tray that Ballard sells (item# AM817) to the bottom shelf and it fits perfectly and looks fabulous while neatly keeping our shoes organized and off of the floor.
The piece's angled shelves work especially well for holding school books and backpacks. The backpacks can be left open for access to the contents without falling over or spilling all over the place.
The Librarie Bookshelf is made of iron so it is very sturdy and looks more expensive than it is. It also was easy to assemble, I did it by myself in about 30 minutes. I would absolutely recommend this piece (as well as the rubber boot tray) to anyone.
Thank you, Ballard Designs, for offering tasteful, high-end products at affordable prices.
April 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Winky Great looking and functional!!
I would give this product a five because of it's functionality and good looks. I love the unique design and it is an asset in my living room as a sofa table/bookcase. I also use the top shelf as a place to put keys and mail. Would buy again!!!!! Looks more expensive than it is!!
February 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by webfer Great Product
The librarie bookshelf is perfect for the space I needed to put it in. It is heavy duty and was easy too assemble. My husband and I put it together. I think having a second person expedites the process.
February 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JustLoveBallardDesign Love it!
I just love it. It looked more beautiful in person then it looked in the magazine. So versatile; plenty of room for lots of books, very durable; just overall very pleased with my purchase.
February 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cici33 Solid bookshelf
Great bookshelf - sturdy and practical.
I would recommend this product.
February 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by car0318 This product is just as featured
The book shelf arrived and it was just as pictured in your catalog. My son-in-law put it together for me in no time at all. I am using it in my kitchen to hold my cookbooks. It was a great purchase because now my counter tops look so much better and ever so easy to use my recipes. Thank you Ballard Design!
February 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ktea Very happy
Great piece. I was able to assemble by myself in only 20 minutes. I'm using it as a nightstand and it is the perfect size to balance our king size bed. Very happy with my purchase.
February 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OwensNonna Just as expected
The bookshelf is just as expected, looks exactly like the picture. Is heavy and sturdy, holds lots of books in my grandson's room. Don't expect to put it together by yourself , it takes two! But everything fit together perfectly.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dedicatedreader Excellent product, excellent value
The Librarie Bookshelf arrived in good time, in excellent shape, was easy to assemble from good instructions, and now holds the collection of books for which it was purchased.
February 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by crazyaboutblack1white this is a terrific sturdy piece-just what I needed
I have hundreds of design magazines that I can not throw away. I have them piled on these library book shelves with no problem. It is rock solid. I am VERY very happy with this item
February 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by strawhill looks great, however rough finish
The shelf looks great, as expected, however the finish is rough, not smooth. It was what I was looking for so I decided to keep it, although wish it was smooth.
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by littletoad unusual & affordable
Got this shelf in white for my office. I looked at many companies and decided on this shelf because it's unusual, the perfect size & affordable (got it on sale). Especially love that it is metal! This wll NOT be a piece that gets donated 20 years from now. This is a piece you keep.
January 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Minnamom Nice and studry bookshelf
I purchased this bookshelf to be placed right by my window at the corner of the dining area. It's very nice to look at and I placed a few photos and an orchid plant on the top shelf. It was not too bad to put together, I did it by myself in an hour without my husband's help. There is a little bit of concern of scratches because it's a matte finished metal. But you just need to be more careful when placing items on it.
January 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by homealone Great Quality
Great quality, easy to assemble, perfect addition to my home decor!
January 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by GrandmasWatch Affordable way to create an interesting spot
I had a short passageway into my office that needed some interest but I didn't want to obstruct traffic. This was the perfect solution. The look is clean and classic (and nicely transitional for my somewhat eclectic home) and created a nice spot to set a narrow lamp and some decor, baskets on the bottom for magazines and some books in the middle. It's unexpected and I love it - especially considering the affordable price for a piece of furniture.
January 11, 2013