John Lewis Abacus 3 Shelf Bookcase

Product information

This wide solid oak and veneer bookcase provides stylish and practical storage for any living room, hallway or study. It includes two adjustable shelves and one fixed shelf in the middle, providing ample room to display your books, DVDs and ornaments.

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Assembly Required
Self assembly required
John Lewis
Care instructions
Use dry cloth
Country of Origin
H116 x W77 x D33cm
Eligible for International Delivery
Furniture Range
Oak Veneer

Editor's Notes

The John Lewis Abacus collection features smart, contemporary home office pieces made from oak solids and veneers with a distinct grain. The great value pieces are simple and practical in style to complement any home décor. 

Please note: Not all of our Furniture ranges are on display at every branch. Please phone your nearest branch to check before you visit.


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 32 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Average quality, not really worth the higher cost The bookshelves are relatively sturdy and a small step up in quality from the cheapest kitset shelves you can find on the market. However, I'm not sure the small rise in quality warrants the sizeable price difference. They were easy enough to construct until we got to the shelf brackets and the shelves. They were an absolute nightmare to get in, took well over an hour to do one shelf! A very frustrating experience, we were on the verge of giving up and sending them back when we finally got them in. The colour is a lot lighter than shown on the website which is quite disappointing. The back panels are made from a flimsy, cheap looking material, as are the horrible plastic covers for the bolts. Not a great set of shelves and not really worth the extra money you pay over their cheaper counterparts. 18 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Generous shelves This was not the easiest piece of furniture to make up, and I needed help with it. But, the shelves are deep and adjustable, and they fit perfectly in a tight space. 15 July 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BOOK CASE The bookcase was received in two packages ... exceedingly well packaged with no room for the contents to move. All fittings were of a high standard and relatively straightforward to assemble. The fixed middle shelf was veneered on one side only, plain MDF on the other.... therefore essential to install correct way round ( would have helped if the TOP was indicated on the upright sides ). A selection of spare fittings was also included ( nice touch ) The depth of the unit is 30 mm so it is ideal for LARGE books..... with hindsight , I would have preferred a depth of 23mm. 18 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Useful storage this bookcase is stylish and good looking making it versatile and useful for many different rooms within the home, not just an office. 13 May 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Abacus 3 Shelf Bookcase Lovely bookcase, good size for various shape and sizes of books. Very easy to assemble and quite sturdy once put together. 13 May 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Value This item was excellent value for the money. Easy to assemble. Very well made.Would recommend. 01 April 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stupid shelf supports Great bookcase, but the shelving supports are totally daft, as other reviewers have pointed out. First, the shelf supports use screws, so you need a screwdriver to change a shelf height. Secondly, the system doesn't actually work. Even once i had put the fiddly plastic brackets on, I found it impossible to get them so slot into the shelves. In the end i gave up and used the screws on their own. What is wrong with simple pins? 04 May 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by John Lewis Abacus 3 Shelf Bookcase Solid bookcase at a reasonable price, however I had major problems putting in the two adjustable shelves. I see that others have also mentioned this. It took me 90 mins to build the book case on my own, and another 90 mins to get the two shelves in. At one stage I was regretting the purchase, but once it was finished and in-place I was pleased. Not sure I'd want to build another one though. 22 March 2013
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