John Lewis The Basics Dexter Tall, Narrow Bookcase

Product information

This great value bookcase fits neatly into any living space and offers ample room to display your books and ornaments. It’s made from sturdy particle board and MDF with an oak effect finish and comes with one fixed and three adjustable shelves.

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fixed and three adjustable shelves.  

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Assembly Required
Self Assembly
John Lewis
Country of Origin
H176 x W40 x D29cm
MDF and melamine
Number of Shelves
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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 4.3 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good value If you are looking for a solid, easy to build, value for money bookcase then look no further than the Dexter range. Nothing fancy but it does the job it purports- namely to hold loads of books! 28 April 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by It arrived incomplete. I ordered 2 bookcases and they were both delivered without any backboards. When I asked for them to be replaced i was told that because I had paid with Paypal they would need to collect them and credit my paypal account. I would then need to re order them. Needless to say I didnt. This is the first time I have had a problem with an item sold by John Lewis and hopefully it will be the last, as generally I find them excellent. 10 March 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Colour of bookcase I ordered this bookcase because I thought from the web site that the colour was dark coloured which I required. In fact it is a very light oak. 22 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent value for money Fairly easy to assemble, all component parts are clearly labelled (sliding in the back panels is a little tricky but with some careful handling will slot in, help from another person here might be useful. Please note, this is quite a heavy flat pack unit when delivered. Mind your back! Excellent value for money at the price! 17 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 100% Satisfaction. A quality and well made product offering excellent value for money. This coupled with John Lewis's fast and professional delivery service, ensures I will continue to purchase non-food and food products from this company. 11 February 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by good for enthusiastic DIYers perhaps I had to send it back for two reasons. 1) It seemed to be made of chipboard (in fact a corner was chipped even though this wouldn't have been visible) and this wouldn't suit my purposes as I would need to move it from time to time. 2) It looked much trickier to assemble than I had imagined. Not that I haven't put up plenty of furniture, but I needed something faster to do than appeared to be the case, and I felt, as it was so tall, and had a folded back partition (when I had hoped slim shelves would not have the concertina backing) that it would need two people to put up. It probably though would have looked as described on this website if I had got that far! 10 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good looking & excellent value Extremely easy to put together, sturdy, lovely colour, and looks a lot more expensive than it actually was! Excellent value. 18 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Narrow Bookcase This was perfect for our spare bedroom which we've turned into a study. Size wise it was perfect to slot one side of a desk in a narrow gap. Assembly was straight forward and it is very sturdy. 18 June 2014
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