Rated 3 out of 5 by Nflorida looks great smells bad
The bookcase looks great, however they had a strong odor / off gassing that smelled similar to gasoline for 3 to 4 days after delivery. If you can wait for the smell to dissipate, they look fabulous.
February 27, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by sarabf Sagging shelves!
The 3 piece bookcase is beautiful, and we felt that it was a nice alternative to having a built-in made. We were very happy with it initially, thought the tuscan brown is a bit darker than pictured. However, in the first month, the middle bookcase shelves are already sagging! The shelves are only half full of books. I feel that a bookcase should be able to hold at least a row of books, especially at this price. Otherwise, what is the point. The shelves on the two smaller, flanking bookcases are fine. I am very disappointed as they now look cheap. They are no longer an impressive, beautiful piece of furniture.
February 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Karen1211 beautiful
These bookcases are beautiful! They even have a leveling feature, so even if your floors are uneven, you can adjust each piece to stand level. They are rick looking and I love the crown molding too.
January 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JessicasHouse Beauty and Quality
I ordered these in Black and I love them! They are very good quality and fill up a wall nicely. The adjustable shelves were a bit hard to slide into the case, but if you place a towel down on the shelf to protect the surface and use a rubber mallet to gently tap them into place, they go in very nicely. My only wish is that they were about 6-12 inches taller for a more dramatic look. But overall, very happy and would highly recommend.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by flydi Love these Bookcases!
After some issues with the local, unreliable delivery company we finally received our Tuscan bookshelves. They look great in our living room. We ordered the cream and we are very happy with the color.
October 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pooter AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE PICTURES
For the price, this is a great piece. Sure I could have spent twice as much and got something that would hold 50 pounds per shelf, but it was more about the look of the unit (and yeah I saved $$$). Shelves are easy to adjust and it fits perfectly with the rest of my décor.
September 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by bookluvr A handsome piece of furniture
We were very pleased with this item, especially the fact that the cases came already assembled - all we had to do was wipe them down and add the shelves! Also, we were pleased with the color - a nice, deep chestnut - not too dark.
September 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Phase1 Great quality at a reasonable cost
These bookcases are sturdy, well finished, and very affordable. They were delivered, uncrated, and installed by professional movers who set them up to my specifications and removed all of the packing debris! The cream color blends with the desk and file console that had arrived earlier. (All three pieces are from different collections.) Everything has exceeded my expectations of quality and style. Most important was they arrived in a timely manner, and my new home office is now both practical and attractive.
June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ironmom Beautiful bookcases
We got the off-white set and they look fabulous. They really make the room. They look great with white molding. The delivery guys were fantastic too. Couldn't be happier with the book cases and the service. Thanks, BD!
March 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Derrick Great looks but weak shelf
The looks are great, but the shelves on the large center bookcase sag from the weight of the books. We put normal size books on the adjustable shelves and they sag in the middle. I assume that the wood for the shelves is particle board rather than sold wood. I will have to install a brace in the middle to solve this problem. Why call it a bookcase if it can't handle the weight of books. The smaller left and right bookcases don't have this problem, because the shelves are shorter in length. The looks of these bookcases out way this saggy shelf issue.
January 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gregoryswife Just spectacular
We considered a built-in for the space we have and then we found this piece. It has lovely detail, fabulous finish, wonderfully adjustable shelves and just great detail and workmanship. The delivery was not without problem or sweat but all in all it simply could not have been better. No leveling issues because our piece sits flush on a tile floor. The pieces arrived SO WELL packaged and it's just a spectacular piece. We have several Ballard pieces and we have yet to buy a piece that we weren't happy with...Thanks SO much for such a wonderful piece. The only potential improvement might be to have a lighting option for the shelves...but it really is a wonderful centerpiece to a rather small room!
January 8, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by SThompson storage space would be nice
Would be great if this set offered pieces that have closed storage space on the bottom of the unit as an option.
January 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Genevieve classic and beautiful
We purchased this set for our second story hallway and they truly look like built-in shelves. We have received many complements. I would definitely buy this set again!
December 9, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nandy Excellent style and quality
I am very pleased with my Tuscan bookcase set which I purchased in the antique white color. One of the concerns I had was that it may not stand straight on a deep pile carpet. However, I needn't have worried because there are great little "levelers" on the bottom which enable you to get it standing perfectly straight! The quality is very good, all of the shelves fitting in beautifully. It has great style and could even be a focal point, but the best thing is it holds all of our books and games and photo albums as well as framed family photo's and it looks absolutely great!. Love it.
September 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by HomemakerMommy Beautiful piece!
We love our rubbed black Tuscan bookcase! It is well-made, beautiful, and with attention to detail - the beadboard on the back, molding on top, and space for everything make this an excellent addition to our home office! Some of the previous reviews mention poor construction, and this is simply not the case. We love our bookcase!! One note - the rubbed black finish does have significant markings where the natural wood shows through; at first glance, it looks like scratches, so just note this if you are thinking of this color. (We actually filled ours in with marker so it looks all black - a shame for such a beautiful piece, but it looks much more formal now.) Other than that, this is a perfect, beautiful bookcase and my dreams of having "built-ins" is now complete with NO construction required!! :) Thank you, Ballard Designs!
September 16, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Smokey16 Sagging shelves already
We purchased the three shelf units (one large and two smaller). Assembly was straightforward, but leveling was trial and error because the adjusting screws are not accessible without laying the bookcase on its side.
After less than two weeks the adjustable shelves in the large unit are beginning to sag without anything on them. The shelves have a trim on the front that makes it impossible to flip the shelf over.
Definitely want to think about ordering this unit.
August 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by cheerleader73 Eyecatching product
I have been eyeballing these bookcases for about 6 months, they went on sale so I took the plunge and ordered them. It's the first thing you notice when you walk in the door and see them across the big wall in my living room. They're beautiful and I get great compliments on them. Very pleased!
August 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by mareseatoats Highly recommended
Product was delivered and set up for me with very little involvement on my part. Makes a stunning central focus, is of very good quality and definitely has the feel of a prized antique, but with adjustable shelving. I have never been disappointed in Ballards products and services...keep the catalogs coming!
August 1, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by insanef4shopping Love the size
Bookcase is great for a wall unit, shelves are very spacious and hold a variety of items. I purchased for the look of the product versus what i could find in other furniture stores along with the value of the price tag
July 15, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by FairandHonest A decent design poorly and cheaply executed.
We received our Tuscan 3-piece set last week. We live in a pre-war apartment with an elevator,but had a bit of a struggle with the large center section. We were disappointed at how easily the finish (rubbed cream) chipped as the movers unpacked and installed the pieces. We tried to put the shelf pins in ourselves, and found that only one of the 3 pieces was drilled properly for the pins...all of the other holes were too small and we had to pound the pins in using a hammer--certainly these shelves are no longer adjustable. While the shorter shelves on the two side bookcases were sturdy enough to handle a full load of books, the shelves in the center section sagged and cracked under the weight anything more than 20 books or so-- huge disappointment as this unit is advertised as a bookcase, but can't really function as such in its largest section. The backs of the bookshelves are too flimsy to add any cleats or bracing to support books in the center section. The units have adjustable 'feet' underneath that help to level the cases--perfect for us with our old wood floors--but the mechanism for the two front 'feet' on the center section were stripped and didn't adjust when turned...so the poor sagging center section has cardboard shims propping up the front. Given the difficulty we had getting the unit installed, and the fact that we're in a short term rental, we decided to keep our purchase, but I would strongly advise anyone considering to invest nearly $2,000 in a bookcase unit to avoid this product.
June 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by gingerbreadhouse This product is worth purchasing.
Buying furniture sight-unseen and also from a retailer I have never purchased from before could have been a recipe for disaster. However, the reviews listed did my decision justice, and I cannot be more pleased with the results. The quality is solid, the color/finish is as represented, the already-assembled delivery was a large advantage, and the levelers on the bottom of each unit made installation on an old wooden floor possible.
May 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jars2008 Great piece of furniture
Stunning piece of furniture that looks as if it is custom made. Bought it in the rubbed black finish which gave the room a WOW punch. Sturdy but easy to move. Delivery was in place in selected room and have no complaints except the delivery set in place DID NOT include leveling the bookcase with the built-in levelers. My husband had to level it. We are using the center section piece for our 32" flat screen TV along with books. There are no pre-drilled hiles for cabling TV and cable tuner box so husband had to add the cabling holes. The other two pieces are handling
books. Overall we are very pleased with this purchase. We looked at other alternatives but none of them offered the style or the features that this item offered!
May 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MichelleC Beautiful!
I ordered this bookcase set after months of looking for a nice dark wood bookcase big enough to fill a large wall in our family room. The bookcase looks exactly as pictured and all of the shelves are adjustable to meet your design needs. I know that this piece will last for years to come, very timeless!
March 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by mhindy Awesome bookcase!
I purchased this in black and absolutely love it. It fits my large living room wall perfectly with tall ceilings. I considered have one built, but for this price it is exactly what I wanted and am very happy. It is on hardwood floors, and I didn't have to level it, they were perfect. The distressing is not much at all, it's still a very elegant piece of furniture. Delivery and setup was great!
January 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by lovetolearn Beautiful bookcases
I ordered these to comprise a church library. They are beautiful and very well made. Everyone in the congregation who has seen them has commented on their beauty. I was also very pleased with the delivery and communication during the purchase. I have reccommended Ballard Designs over and over, and will definitely purchase from them again. They know what customer service is about.
January 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Josephine Beautiful!
These 3 pieces were just what we needed to complete our living room. They are well made, easy to adjust and very functional. One review stated that the backs were cheaply made; this is not so. Keep in mind that if you do order the painted surface (we ordered the cream) you MAY get a little paint peeling on the very bottom of the piece. This shouldn't deter you from ordering it, however, because it is a distressed piece and the peeling is not noticeable. We were delighted with the in-home delivery. Overall, an outstanding purchase which we highly recommend!
January 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sunny585 Beauty, high quality and great value
We are very happy with this bookcase. It's is beautiful and high quality in all respects and looks just like the image in the catalogue. Ballard's delivery service was outstanding and the only assembly required was unpacking and placing the shelves. The system actually exceeded our expectations in that each individual unit comes with internal leveling feet that really helped with set-up. We were initially disappointed with color as it is a shade or two darker than what is shown in the catalog. However, we quickly got used to the darker color as it adds a sense of richness to our room. Overall we love this bookcase and highly recommend it.
December 30, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anitra Pleased with the look of this set.
These shelves have a beautiful rich finish that dresses up our home office. They are heavy pieces with the look of a built-in unit, but if we move, they can (and will!) go with us. The center shelf was damaged when we opened it, but it was replaced by Ballard, delivered and set up at no charge. We are very happy with the set.
November 3, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Blissful Very High Quality
I searched for about a year for a shelving unit, including custom made. I am very happy with my decision. My son is a carpenter and also put his stamp of approval on my new purchase.
The large center unit is indeed LARGE and did not easily fit through a standard doorway from a hallway.
October 28, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gaga4Ballards Love it!
I have never odered from Ballards before so I wasn't sure about the quality of their furniture, you can't really get a sense of that from pictures. I have to say that I was very pleased when my 3-piece Tuscan Bookcase Set arrived. I was also surprised that I didn't need to assemble them. Overall a great purchase, now I have my eyes on the Argyle Media Armoire.
October 20, 2011