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Abbott Drop-Front Desk is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for small spaces This was the perfect desk for me. I wanted something small to put in our master bedroom for my computer. Love the distressed white with the blue insert...very cute!
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for small spaces... I purchased this drop-down desk because I needed a small desk to fit in a little cubbie area in a bedroom that used to have a large, heavy wooden desk. I had been using the bedroom as an office, but have subsequently turned it in to a real guest room. The Abbott secretary was just the ticket. It's cute and I like the slide out feature that keeps the drop down portion of the desk stable. The color of the inside is a sea-foam green, btw. It may look different in the picture, but it's what I wanted anyway, so YAY for that. ;-) I didn't go to the extra length of bolting it to the wall, but I don't feel I need to. It's sturdy and was easy to put together. It looks wonderful. I do wish the drawers on the hutch had a slide feature. They just come out. Not a huge problem though. I'd give it a 4 1/2 if Ballard had a half star.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to assemble! Love interior color! This desk looks just like its photo. Love the interior paint color. It fits in the small space I needed it to fit into. The only thing is I wish it were a little more sturdy, but overall a great piece!
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exactly what we wanted. A usable desk to fit in a small area. Easy to order. Came right on time. Usable amount of desk space. Fits perfectly in a small space. It is exactly what we needed.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small and simple I echo some of the other reviews that this desk is not all that sturdy. With effort, a 6 year old could tip it over. However, it comes with instructions and hardware to attach it to a wall and once I put a chair in front of it, I consider it a non-issue. I knew all that before I purchased anyhow. Having said that, this is exactly what I needed. It's small by all accounts. The teal color on the inside is slighly more grey than the picture shows, which was a pleasant surprise for me. The outside is a nice white - not too creamy, not to stark - and is very lightly destressed. The drawers at the top of the desk are indeed missing stops and pull out all the way, but the ones on the bottom do have stops. This desk fits my Chrome book inside, is great for my son to pull up and do some homework, and holds a few pens, pencils, stamps, etc. Love it.
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good size for small space The desk is a good size for a small space and holds quite a lot. The construction is not high end but neither is the price so I'm very satisfied with the purchase.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for the space. This desk is the perfect fit for a corner in my office. The drop front closes up when not in use which is great to cover up work in progress without having to file and unfile. The robin's egg blue interior is a nice touch. Assembly can be a bit tricky, be careful not to overtighten the leg attachment to the desk body.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect size for my space I was hesitant to order this from a catalogue but after looking in stores for a long time, I figured I'd take a chance. I'm glad I did. The wood is beautiful, size is perfect and it was not too difficult to put together. The only reasons I didn't give it a 5 are that the back should be finished in case I wanted to turn it around and the top drawers have no stoppers. They will fall out when you go to open them and can chip the wood if you are not careful.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Vanity/Desk Pros and Cons of this piece. I purchased it to use as a combination nightstand/vanity. The drop front is perfect for this - it comes down at night to hold my water glass, our baby monitor, iPad, etc. and then goes up in the morning to hide all of my make-up. Definitely a pro. Compact, smaller than many vanities which makes it perfect for our small (13 x 14) bedroom. It is fairly heavy and I wouldn't hesitate to place a laptop or something with more weight on the drop front, which is reassuring. For the cons, this will most likely come down to personal preference, but I find the finishing touches cheapen the piece. The "distressed" finishes are merely painted brown lines on the edges. I can see the brush strokes of the white paint on the sides. The inside blue is a nice contrast, but there was a blue paint drip down one of the sides of the drop panel part. The top drawers do not have stoppers or glides, so they pull and push back in awkwardly, if it's not lined up correctly, and can easily be pulled out (may be a pro for some, depending on what is in the drawers; mine house lipstick and glosses). I would purchase this desk again but only if the price better reflected the the quality of the desk.
Date published: 2016-03-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Price and Quality = Disappointment I looked at this desk for a while before making the purchase. I liked the size, look, and color options; however, the price seemed a bit high. Since I've purchased many items from Ballard and been extremely satisfied, I decided I'd order the piece. I expected to (maybe) attach the legs because the description said some assembly. Again, for the money, I wasn't expecting to assemble the whole piece. Further, the back is not finished; the drawers easily get stuck or fall-out; and the wood is light-weight. I am very disappointed, but after assembly and attaching to the wall, not sure I want the hassle of returning.
Date published: 2013-12-02
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