John Lewis Alba Bookcase, Oak

Product information

Made from American oak solids and veneers, Alba has an attractive, natural look that will complement a host of decorative styles. The bookcase's good proportions and five fixed shelves offer ample room on which to store and display books, ornaments and more.

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Assembly Required
Self assembly required
John Lewis
Country of Origin
H184 x W80 x D36cm
Furniture Range
Oak, Beech, Particle Board, MDF, Veneer
Number of Shelves
Oak Furniture Type
Mixed wood with Oak
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


  • 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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Q & As

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Frustrating instructions!!! Instructions initially appear OK - and then there are some big gaps, some of which have been mentioned by other reviewers. Despite reading the previous comments (which helped a good deal), I managed to fit the lower shelf (part number 4) facing the wrong way so that an ugly MDF strip faces forwards. Presumably the lovely veneer is on the other edge, now facing the back of the bookshelf. The instructions do not make it clear that only one edge is veneered and I didn't notice (possibly because I was concentrating on parts 8,9,10 as per previous comments!). I noticed my error AFTER I had fixed the 2 back panels which means I will basically have to completely dismantle the shelves to fix it. FRUSTRATING. JLP please sort this out!! It's a very good product let down by the instructions. 19 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rock solid Great value purchase, we bought two to complement one another. Now housing ; books, lp's, marantz hifi amp and sonos connect unit...with the drawers big enough to hold random stuff 04 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent bookcases Very useful. My husband says they were easy to assemble and the instructions were clear. They look a quality item next to our William Morris wallpaper. Pleased to have them. Like the shade of wood .adds light to the small room. 07 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Useful bookcase. Enjoyed receiving delivery of our new bookcase. It is well-built and sturdy. The deep shelves are easy to fill and items can be seen. Overall a good buy and value for money. 10 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by very happy with the bookcase It came earlier than I had expected, in one big box which looked quite daunting. When I opened it up all the packing was there in place, nothing damaged, nothing missing. The instructions were very clear and made the task quite easy. There could be some holes to start the screws which hold on the backing but with the help of a very old hand drill the job was quickly done. And I highly approve of screws for the backing rather than tiny nails. Taking apart the bookcase in the event I move should be quite easy - there are no small parts to break or lose. Thank you. 20 January 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alba Bookcase - Good quality overall This is actually a very good product and much better than most other self assembly furniture I've put together over the years from the likes of IKEA, Home base and B+Q. I would agree with the previous reviewer in that the instructions could do with a few extra details to avoid a couple of pitfalls. In addition to the previous reviewers comments (which I wish I'd read before assembly), the back panels need to be fixed in place in the opposite order to which they are numbered or referred to in the instructions. Do the top panel (part7) before the bottom panel (part6). I didn't and then the top didn't fit within the frame without sanding or cutting a few mm off the top or bottom of the back panel. Other than that the parts went together very well and the end result looks like a solid piece of furniture. 11 May 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Unclear instructions The quality of the product itself is fine (although mine arrived damaged due to poor packaging) but be very careful during construction. The instructions (page 2) suggest that parts 8, 9 and 10 are identical but they are not. Part 10 differs from parts 8 and 9 because it should contain two "inset fittings" in order to be able to insert the 'grub screws' [see page 7]. Mine did not have the inset fittings inserted and I am now awaiting a replacement part. Also, part 8 differs from parts 9 and 10, in that it has two small holes in the top, into which the top of the unit attaches. There is no clear indication in the instructions of the differences between these three parts, which is likely to cause real problems. JLP: please note and clarify them! 04 May 2014
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