Rated 5 out of 5 by PelicanLewie This product is a must have with its open airy design
These bookcases are the perfect alternative to the "closed in" features of other designs. It allows for the wall color to show through while displaying favorite items- they provide the exact open and airy design I was looking for. Another Ballard Design winner!
July 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by DCGirl Functional and stylish
This is my third purchase from Ballard and once again I am delighted with the style, quality and value. I bought a wall of shelving (2 Sonoma bookcases, 2 towers) for my study. The pieces don't take up too much visual space but add warmth as well as great storage. The wood is a heavily distressed cherry stain which doesn't show up well in the photograph but is very pretty. I use one of the bookcases to hold a 32 inch flatscreen TV--it works well for that, and you could even fit a larger TV than I have. Assembly is fairly straightforward, much easier as a two-person job. My only complaint is that the pieces are marked with stickers that are very difficult to remove from the wooden shelves. But that is a small objection. Overall, I love the bookcases.
July 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by oldvsNew once assembled great
Assembly should come with instruction that states not to actually screw all pieces together to start...it almost needs to be losely held in place or not all of it will line up. Also you need a short handled screw driver to put the screws in the bottom shelf (or do that out of order!).
The self leveling feet are great - but they are only on the back feet so be warned that you might need to place felt pads under the front so that it does not lean forward.
Once assembled and leveled front and back it is great.
July 19, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by CustomerOfBookshelf Good Design, Poor quality
The bookcase is a good looking piece and looks similar to that advertised, however, three of the shelves received are warped. Due to the size and nature of the shelves, we decided to keep them instead of trying to return or exchange them. We would have rated the book shelf much higher if the shelves had not arrived in the condition noted. The unit was easy to put together and a decent price for the relatively large size.
July 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Theboysmom Beautiful, functional shelving
I'm so impressed with the Sonoma shelving. I used two of them in my kitchen/breakfast area to hold serving pieces, extra dishes, linens, cookbooks, etc. Because of their height they hold so much, and yet hug the wall so as not to be cumbersome next to the table and chairs. They are sturdy and beautifully crafted. Very easy to put together. I am extremely satistfied with my purchase!
June 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by VSDesigns Beautiful Shelves
We used a couple of these to finish off a pantry and they were just the look we wanted. The shelves are nicely antiqued.
June 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by donotcall This bookcase has lots of shelf space in a small footprint
I ordered this bookcase because had a simple yet classically modern look. It caught my eye in the catalog also because the dimensions were perfect for my space and the open back was necessary for a heating unit. The process of assembling was simple, with photo directions. The places where certain screws were supposed to go, under the main shelf, did not match but were not really necessary.
June 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lovetidyshelving Solid wood and tubular steel, easy to assemble
Two of the shelves are fixed and the others can be left in or out. I use it in a secluded dining room wall off the kitchen for appliance and kitchen tool over flow. Might purchase another for my pantry area. Just what I need and meet my hopes for the intended application.
June 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by 3Kewpies Gorgeous stately bookcase
We loved the Sonoma bookcase so much in our office, that we purchased a second one for our daughter's bedroom. It is great with the adjustable shelves to accommodate various books or decor. Comes easy to assembly and looks fabulous.
May 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Misscrabtree Even more elegant in person!
I needed furniture to both hold my stereo and store my textbooks. This unit fit the bill perfectly. My husband had it assembled in an evening. It is sturdy, well-made, and handsome. If offers a great deal of storage without making a small guest room/office look even smaller. The deeper shelves fit a tuner, cd player and speakers with room to spare. It would also hold a small to medium sized AV set, depending on how you set up the adjustable shelves. My only suggestion would be to get a basket or a set of book ends to ensure books not fall off the sides or back of unit.
May 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by luvswater Very versatile piece
The Sonoma bookcase is a nice addition to our Florida room. It was easy to put together by myself. I like that the shelves are adjustable to accommodate anything you may want to display.
April 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JollyJ LOVE my new bookshelf!
I LOVE my new bookshelf. I ordered and received it within 3 days. It is very easy to put together...so easy in fact, I did it all by myself! I would recommend 2 people put it together, but 1 person can do it if it's a must. I was too excited to wait for help! It is very well made and sturdy. I can't wait to get it decorated and filled with books. I highly recommend this product! My shopping experience with Ballard was exceptional - their customer service was beyond my expectation. I will definitely shop with them again soon!
April 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by EJDesign Beautiful Furniture
I bought 2 of these to fill up large, high wall spaces. And, they do so beautifully. They are heavy and well made. The wood shelves are offer wonderful texture against the smooth black frames. I have filled them with books, lamps, plants, photos, a small wine rack and lots of pretty accessories, and they have become focal points.
Check your measurements-they are (wonderfully) tall. Easy to assemble. Great buy!
April 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by qualitydealhunter Lovely Open Shelves
We are using two of these bookcases in our breakfast room to augment our kitchen storage. They are just right for displaying our more attractive dishware, fruitbowls, cookbooks, and things like that. We've placed them in front of windows, and they look great without blocking the light. Assembly was fine -- my husband did it on his own. Packaging was great and the bookcases had no damage. The wood is rich-looking and pretty in a dark honey-brown tone. It is mostly smooth, but heavily distressed in places, so be aware of that. The overall look of the bookcases is open and light, but they are sturdy and don't wobble. Their height is really nice -- 7' tall!
March 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by hapycampr Perfect for our new study!
Great value for the price. Lots of room for books and nic naks. Very solid yet has a nice open feel. Love the adjustable shelves. Compliments wood, metal and stone decor.
February 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jason Versatile storage
I live in a small apartment of 525 square feet, so all of my furniture needs to serve multiple purposes. About a year ago, I bought the Sonoma Bookcase and used it as a combination bookshelf and entertainment center (by moving the shelves up and putting my 42” television on it.) It worked great and I got compliments on it all the time! It is airy and open, and I like that I can adjust the shelves. It doesn’t look like it would be able to hold a 42″ flatscreen, but it sure can! A 42” television fits perfectly in this bookcase.
My only wish is that ALL of the shelves would have the grooves that lock them onto the frame, because they only have an inch or so of horizontal wiggle room before they become topsy turvy and fall out of the frame.
February 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by gavl Love it.
It's clean and simple and gave just the right balance and function to a small room. It works perfectly for the TV and still gave me space to include some books and personality.
February 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by jamb I would buy it again.
Amazing. It looks great in my sunroom next to the windows, just like the picture. It was very easy to assemble and I would buy it again. The quality was everything that I had expected Ballards to be. This was my first purchase and very successful.
February 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by maryliz Just what I was looking for
I really like this bookcase. It is a perfect size for the wall in our living room. I love the look of the wood too. It came quickly and was easy to put together. There is just one problem and that is the stickers that they put on it do not want to come off. I am frustrated that they are so hard to come off and you can't use any product on it or it will damage it. So I am slowly and gently scraping them off with my fingernail. I am not pleased about the sticky residue that is going to be left on the wood. And there are about 10 stickers. Other than the sticker issue I am pleased with this bookcase.
January 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ValueFinder Great quality!
Very sturdy and well-made. Great design with not all shelves equal width. Easy assembly. Adjustable shelves are a plus too. Definitely recommend!
January 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MarkB Multi-functional for a great price.
Product was shipped very quickly, and I was able to assemble it on my own in about 90 minutes.
I have a small apartment, and the bookcase does double duty in the dining room as both library and bar.
Because the unit is backless, it doesn't take up as much space, visually, as a conventional bookcase might.
The only negative comment is that it's taller than I anticipated, but that's my fault for not measuring appropriately.
December 30, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Artsy Attractive as an étagère, and light-weight book storage.
We ordered two Sonoma Bookcases and like the open feeling that such large furniture normally would not have. They are sturdy, and really function more as illustrated in your catalog—fewer books and more objects. They are more suitable as an étagère rather than a bookcase, because most of the shelves are made of thinner wood and would not support a full shelf of books without eventually sagging. Please note that several shelves had rough long gouges, creating a rustic appearance.
December 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by JLMK I am thrilled with this piece.
It is sturdy, attractive and reasonable to assemble. Looks great and stylish in my hallway and stores a ton.
November 28, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by texastomato Great Product
Great quality. Great look. I'm about to order the smaller version.
November 25, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by WIDesigner As good as it looks
This product looks just like the picture and it is very sturdy. I love the sleek design and the functionality of the piece. Woul highly recommend this piece.
November 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by jphrph Great bookcase! Very sturdy.
I purchased this product to be utilized as a bakers rack. The shelves are heavy and seem to support a lot of weight. I am thinking about purchasing another one and placing them side by side. Thanks!
November 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by LXSGIRL A wonderful bookcase!
This bookcase transformed my home office. It's beautiful and functional. It's very well made and durable. It's exactly what I was looking for!
November 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Corrieeann High end!
This bookcase is all I wanted it to be! Adjustable shelves, super sturdy, tall and spacious, really great.. I recommend to anyone! Ballard Designs costumer service was also more than helpful during the ordering process and it shipped really quickly.
November 16, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by jtsh Almost five stars
I've had this bookcase for several months now and I really like it. I use it as a baker's rack in my breakfast area and it shelves my cookbooks and all sorts of dishes etc. The overall look is great (love the height) and I'm impressed with the quality of the wood shelves. I just wish the frame were made of wrought iron instead of this matte black "tubular" metal (which is very black and a bit cheap looking). That would have earned it five stars for sure. But overall it's a great option for the price point and I really am happy with it (I'm even thinking of ordering another one to go next to it).
November 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by KJAA Fabulous
This bookcase is sturdy & attractive. I put this together by myself (which I don't recommend) but it is possible. Love that a couple of the shelves are adjustable.
November 10, 2011