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Dorchester 3-Seat Bench is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 231.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well made bench and cushion. Nice color designs. Very nice bench with a comfortable tie-on cushion. The cushion needs more tie-ons in the center, not just the four corners, because the center of the cushion moves back as you sit on it and doesn't return.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is well made and fits perfects! I added this bench instead of the two chairs I have for the table to give me more space. It was hard to find the rush bench seat in a smaller than average size bench. KMM Potomac, Md.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2012-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the look of the bench. The only negative to the bench is the the staw seat does shedd alot and has come a bit unraveled from my kids picking at it. I added a cushion to it and these things are now no longer a problem.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm very pleased with the bench. Looks great! The bench looks just like the picture and it perfect for my entry way. I was disappointed that it was not shipped when initially promised. However; customer service was prompt to let me know that it was delayed and the rest went smoothly.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bench I bought this bench to be used as a coffee table. It is very sturdy and I am quite pleased with the quality. I bought it in the rubbed white finish and it looks great.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great bench Love it! I got it in black and it looks great in my entryway. The only negative is that the woven part is coming up a little bit - hopefully that won't get worse. Great value for the price.
Date published: 2011-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorechester Bench I really like my Dorchester Bench. The seat is wider than I thought it would be which is great for comfort. Fits so nice on the wall I picked out for it. Now I'm browsing through the catalog trying to decide on a cushion for my cute bench.
Date published: 2011-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorchester 3 seat bench I love the way this bench looks in my entryway. The one draw back is that the woven rush bench sheds a lot and I am consistently having to sweep up the shavings off my dark hard wood floors.
Date published: 2011-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The bench was true to it's picture in your catalog. The bench was quite nice and exactly as I expected. I was attracted to this bench for it's simplicity and spindle legs. Most benches I looked at were heavy, informal and too big. The spindle legs make this bench delicate and unique, plus the option of a 2-seat or 3-seat, was nice. The woven rush seat is sturdy and comfortable enough to sit on without a cushion. I would definitely recommend this bench.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the look of the bench I am concerned about the durability of the rush seating. It looks like it might fray in a few areas. I am very interested in your Marseille Cushions, but the color I was considering (green) has sold out. I have been watching your catalog/website for it to return, but it has not.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good item for the price. The bench came carefully packed. I am pleased that I will be able to use it for extra seating at the table, as well as in the kitchen hallway to give the kids a place to take off their shoes.
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great accent piece. Originally bought it for a different location in my house ( front door) but moved it into a coat hallway. Love the quality and durability of this product. I bought the dark brown color to match my floors and theme of the house. I think the lighter color benches would have complimented the woven rush seat a bit better since there is more "green" tones on the seat than I was expecting. Overall, great product, picture is not exact but very close.
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really wonderful bench I love it - very sturdy, well made, looks like "real" furniture, not an inexpensive catalog piece. I saw mention of it in a magazine, and went to Ballard's site - otherwise I would not have known of this source.
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect We were looking for something to put near our entryway, next to the fireplace. This bench is perfect, just the right size for a small spot and it is very well constructed and looks quite nice.
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the wait I ordered this piece in March and didn't receive it until June! There were moments when I considered cancelling the order (I had ordered several pieces from Ballard and having been dissapointed with the quality had sent them back) but I decided to wait and I was glad that I did. The 3-seat bench with its beautiful cushion look amazing in my mud room area and instantly turned a rather boring area into something special. It is sturdy and the craftsmanship is what I expect from Ballard. I would highly recommend it and would suggest to Ballard to be a little better prepared for its demand.
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from just what I wanted I love the bench and is just what I expected. I use it in our entrance way to sit on when taking off shoes, but will also use it for extra seating when needed.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good value for the money! Very sturdy construction and nice look with turned legs. Two things I did not like were that color was darker than shown in the catalog and the rush on the seat could have been twisted tighter. To clarify, the seat was woven fine and did not sag, it was the rush itself that could have been twisted tighter.
Date published: 2011-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorchester Bench This product meets my requirements nicely. A few years ago I bought the Levanto bench and prefer the Levanto rush seating and color over the Dorchester model. The Dorchester seems slightly narrow by comparison and the rush seating pattern is different but overall I endorse this product.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great looking, great price This bench works perfectly for the foot of our bed and it was a great price. My only gripe is that the rattan makes a bit of a mess with the residue that comes off of it. Otherwise perfect.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice product but finish not what was expected The ordering process was very efficient and the bench was received in a timely manner. I ordered the rubbed white finish but was disappointed in the overall look of the painted parts of the bench. It was certainly white but did not have the rubbed look that was pictured and was expected. I kept the bench because I liked the overall appearance but would caution others if you are looking for the antiqued look, you may be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some problems with this product I've got to write this review while I'm still totally out of breath from wrestling the foam insert into the cover! What a hassle! You need a slick cover over the foam - it won't slide into the cover - the fabric of the lining sticks on the foam. Now that it's on, it doesn't lay completely flat. I'm hoping that will correct itself over time. Never would have bought it if I knew it would come in two pieces and it would be SO difficult to put them together. Imagine what it will be like after I wash the cover a time or two! You need to revise this product.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rush seat very dry The design/sturdiness and overall look of the bench is excellent. But, the rush is dry/crunchy and has sharp ends poking out. I would've liked a smoother surface. Considered returning it, but decided to give it 2 coats of shellac. I know this voids the warranty, but I am much happier with the bench now.
Date published: 2013-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This product looks great The wood features are very nice but the actual rush seat is not as firm or strong or stiff as I thought it would be. I put it under a window and it looks great and don't anticipate a lot of sitting on it so the weakness of the rush should not be a factor.
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-10-30
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