Content by Terence Conran Balance Alcove Shelving, Oak

Product information

Reminiscent of a stack of books, the slim Balance alcove shelving unit sits with perfect poise in a contemporary modular design.

Its original design allows you to place this unit against a wall or in the middle of a room: either way, the open design creates space while offering a unique mode of storage and display.

Finished with a hard-wearing oak veneer, the unusual silhouette provides maximum storage space and offers a look that’s less bulky than standard bookcases. It’s perfect for displaying books and ornaments and arrives fully assembled so you can begin to use it immediately.

Created by Terence Conran, the comprehensive Content range features clean-lined, contemporary furniture for relaxed living. The distinctive pieces are designed to work in a variety of living spaces and are available in a wide choice of styles, sizes and materials.

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Assembly Required
Fully assembled
Content by Terence Conran
Care instructions
Use Dry Cloth
Country of Origin
H180 x W70 x D30cm
Eligible for International Delivery
Furniture Range
Oak veneer
Number of Shelves
Weight Information Unpackaged weight

Editor's Notes

Created by Terence Conran, the comprehensive Content range features clean-lined, contemporary furniture for relaxed living. The distinctive storage pieces are specially designed to work in a variety of living spaces and are available in a wide choice of styles, sizes and materials. 


UK mainland delivery within 7 working days; may be longer for N Ireland, island and rural postcodes


International delivery not available

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Q & As

Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just right We are very pleased with this unit, it is well made and just right for our lounge, matches the other oak furniture. 17 June 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Look good The shelves are unusual and people who see them like the irregular sizes. We bought the white ones as the rest of the wood in our room is dark. I think I'd have really preferred the wood finish but am very happy with the one we have. I do feel that they are a wee bit overpriced for what they are but was prepared to pay it for something different. Delivery men were lovely. 07 April 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Solid but good looking Attractive, matt white. Comes fully assembled which was a big plus factor. Doesn't hold an awful lot of stuff but it's neat and fits nicely into a space that I had spare. Not cheap but great quality by Conran. 12 August 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Elegant addition to our living room It is well crafted, elegant, sturdy and stable. We got the larger version of this shelf as well. A little pricey, but well worth it. 08 January 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great shelves I bought these (white) shelves to create a bit of a feature in an open plan living room. I wanted a minimalist and simple look and this piece has certainly achieved this. The shelves are very good looking, and are robust and well made. I'm a bit prone to moving things around and when I tire of it in current location I think it could be equally useful in an office space or dining room. In all a lovely product but quite expensive! 27 December 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Elegant and useful Really stylish piece of furniture where many similar are just simple but very dull boxes! The elegance goes a long way to compensate for the relatively high price. Solidly constructed and with well matched oak veneers it has a real quality feel to it. Delighted! 06 December 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very pleased Excellent quality, look's good, delivery was Excellent, drivers are always very helpful, very pleased. 01 December 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Donnie The single best purchase I have made in a long time. I looked long and hard for some shelves that would be classic yet contemporary, and these are them. I could not be happier when they arrived; the wood is thicker in the flesh so they are not flimsy - in fact very sturdy. The delivery after unwrapping and taking the packaging away asked if i would like them to fit felt pads to the bases to stop any scratching to my floors. I declined this as you can not only have this unit vertically standing (either end) but could also have it horizontally. So I've held off with the felt pads for now. I really recommend you pay that little bit extra and get this unit, it far beats the copies you see any other high end stores that are only slightly cheaper. 25 March 2012
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