Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 36
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Petroula Looks good
The overall appearance is good. However, after completing the assembly, we noticed that the frame around the left glass door front is slightly warped at the bottom and doesn't close flush with the right side of the door....thus leaving a small gap at the bottom. But because we are only using the cabinet to store our DVD collection, we decided to just live with it instead of going through the hassle of returning it.
September 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by frenchRoast Happy with purchase
It arrived well-packed with clear assembly instructions. One of the shelves has a nick in it, but this can be concealed rather easily and it is not visible when the doors are shut. One complaint is that the included hardware was of poor quality. Luckily, I had some left over from assembly of Provence series pieces (hardware of excellent quality) and was able to use them to construct the bookshelf. It took about 3 hours for two of us to assemble. We had no problems with the doors. They sit well. I took advantage of a great sale price and would recommend this piece to a friend only if they could do the same as the piece overall is not too sturdy. It looks nice enough in place, but I'm not sure that it would survive a move.
April 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oolong nice look
The box is really heavy. The glass doors significantly increase the weight of the product. They use some of the locking screw mechanisms so common with this type of furniture. The hardware can bend a bit. However, they seem sturdy and look quite good. If you have a hard time with assembly this may not be the greatest choice for you. There is a fair amount of assembling to do. I wanted something that looked good and could hold heavy books without breaking the bank. That is exactly what I got.
May 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NanaPeggy Essex Bookcase with Glass Doors
This was exactly what I was looking for; but, was a little hesitant because of some of the reviews. But, it is GREAT!! Very sturdy; and, looks wonderful with my accessories which are also black. I am very pleased with my purchase.
August 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Library2014 Beautiful but not as...
The bookshelves are beautiful, well made, fairly easy to assemble and very elegant. They are not the bookshelves I REALLY wanted, but what I had to settle for since the ones I wanted were discontinued, but still on the web site. I did appreciate the apologetic, 1% of the order discount, to use on this order. The instructions are incorrect telling you to put dowels where there was no hole, and not telling you to put them in the first intersection where they are needed.
The six shelf design is great if you need it for paper backs, with real books you can only utilize 4 shelves and have a lot of empty unused space. It does what I need it to, protect my books from dust as the leather and gold gilding look great under glass and not dulled by dust. Bring back the Barrister design in classic cherry and I will shop again.
May 9, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dowlila Nice Bookcase Option - Not for China
I originally purchased this bookcase as a possible substitute for a more expensive cabinet from another vendor, and although it looks nice and was relatively easy to put together... it ended up not being a workable solution to display my crystal and china as the depth of the shelf was too similar to one of the bowls.
However, if you were looking for a great bookcase with doors to minimize the dust and debris that collects - this is the item for you. I'll be relocating to my bedroom to use to store my purses and accessories, so everything worked out in the end.
December 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FancyLili exactly what I needed
The styling is really beautiful and fits well with my existing furniture. It was easy enough to assemble but is somewhat unstable.
There are anchors to attach to the wall but that isn't an option I would like to use. The pilot holes for the door hinges are not in the right place so I had to be careful to attach them so they would be even. I am really happy with it and found it was a great purchase.
June 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Courtleister attractive piece
The bookshelf is very attractive, but not very sturdy. The pilot holes for some of the cam locks came out while transporting the shelf. the overall workmanship is disappointing. I have purchased several furniture items from HDC and have been very pleased. However, this was a disappointment. I am glad that I bought it on sale because had I paid full price, I would have sent it back.
June 4, 2014