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


We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 18 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disappointing Quality It's not a cheap product. And I expected far better. Claimed colour was white, it was off-white. Claimed finish was matt, but it was gloss in some areas, matt in others. There were paint drips on the surface from over-spraying the paint. Luckily because there are two sides I was able to put the worst side against a wall. However, had I purchased it as a room divider I would have had to send it back. 24 November 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by very happy Product is well made and looks fab. Was slightly more than i wanted to pay but didn't find anything else suitable and that looked as good. John Lewis service as always excellent. 18 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good quality and stylish Expensive but worth it. Nice quality shelving and attractive design. 28 July 2015
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
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