Content by Terence Conran Balance Tall Shelving, Oak

Product information

Like a stack of books, the Balance shelf sits in a contemporary modular design for an eye-catching finish. It's 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.

Made from hard-wearing oak veneer, an 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 straight away.

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.

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Assembly Required
Fully assembled
Content by Terence Conran
Care instructions
Wipe clean with a clean, damp cloth and buff with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid use of spray cleaners.
Country of Origin
H180 x W120 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 delivery

    Delivered within 7 working days (may be longer for N Ireland and rural areas)
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  • International delivery not available


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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 4.5 out of 5 by 25 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not fit for purpose This product was collected and a full refund given, John Lewis were 100% shame I can't say the same about the product, it was unstable even on a solid wooden floor, I hate to think what it would be like on carpet! The fixing strap is really not adequate however even if it had fixing brackets which would improve the stability, they would not stop the shelves sagging under the weight of a few books or an ornament! Avoid this product, it is badly designed and badly constructed. 15 October 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by looks nice & fits well On the whole I was happy with this piece of furniture. I liked the style of it and it suited my roon well. The only quibble I have is that there were marks on the veneer on the lower part of the furniture, Considering the price of the furniture, and its simple design - I would have expected some inspection of quality before it was dispatched - because the marks were obvious. However, I turned the marked side towards the wall. So I accepted it as it was. 23 September 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Style Aesthetic and ticked all our boxes and is exactly what we were looking for. Very good for storing books and displaying objects 21 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Suits a contemporary home! Although relatively expensive it is beautifully made and fits in very well to our oak themed new built cottage. 05 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fabulous shelves Bit pricey but good quality. It was a choice between the Conran unit or the habitat equivalent. The Conan one is more robust and not self assembly so it won. If you buy the white version be sure to paint the wall behind it in a darkish colour, as this makes the shelving really stand out. 02 June 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sadly it's not holding up! Having loved this product for a year the shelves are starting to bow - really disappointed as it looked fab. Waiting to hear back from John Lewis, hoping they will replace it. ;-( 22 May 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Big without being imposing i was worried that this shelving might dominate our living room. My wife was unconcerned, believing that the open ends and lack of back panel would soften its impact. Well, she was right. The shelves have been much admired by many. 17 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Classy We wanted an 'empty backed' shelving unit to fill an alcove, to show the dark blue feature wall paint behind. This was the only one we found that was the right size and quality. Not cheap, but you get a mighty sturdy piece of furniture. 01 October 2014
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