Rated 5 out of 5 by ballardfan2013 Great for small spaces
We actually bought this "desk" as a TV stand for our bedroom because we needed to get our TV up higher. It worked out perfectly for that, and the desk is beautiful with great storage. Drawers close solidly. The brown does have a lot of red, but it's a beautiful color, and it blended in with our furniture. Beautiful piece of furniture!
June 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bvancalbergh Beautiful!!
Packaged very well!! Beautiful and great quality!!
June 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyDecorator2013 Very sturdy and long lasting
This desk is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something built strong with solid wood and not that flimsy warping fake wood. I hate spending a lot of money for a piece of furniture that feels cheap, and this desk IS worth it! It feels like its going to be something I can pass down to my kids one day. Its so hard to find furniture built to last these days. I am happy to say that this desk is one of them. And its beautiful looking in my small living room too!
May 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JLev Very pleased with this purchase!
The Eastman Secretary is the perfect solution for my guest room!
May 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by newhouselove This product cracked in several places in less than a year
I purchased this in the rubbed cream finish. It's the perfect size for a small space and I get a lot of compliments on it. However, after several months the wood has cracked in several places along the front of the desk in between the drawers. This desk gets limited use and doesn't store anything heavy, so I am not sure what could be causing it to split apart. Ballard Customer Service has been great and is sending out a replacement. I just hope the same thing doesn't happen again.
May 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LibraryLover Perfect desk for small spaces!
This desk has a lot of storage for its compact size. It arrived in a very, well packed box. I especially like the file cabinet in the bottom drawer.
May 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by luvthissite Nice and functional
This desk sits in a corner in my living room and serves as my work space. It is the perfect size for my laptop and odds and ends. The file drawer is what drew me to this piece and it has worked out well but is a bit on the small side (the files catch each other in the middle.) It is serving its purpose well, the only downside is that I paid extra for the belgian oak finish and it is ok but does have a lot of white specks here and there. Even my husband noticed them, kind of looks like any place putty or filler was used didn't take the stain. It is minor but it is something I would have considered before purchasing, looks a bit more rustic.
May 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Wino Perfect for small space
I added it to our larger office space to have my own desk area next to my husband's. It is very functional and good quality. I'm converting my old desk in the kitchen area to a wine bar! That's the big win in this deal.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by GoletaGal I'm very happy with the quality of this desk.
I looked for a long time to find a secretary desk with a file drawer to fit in a space only 32" wide. This is the only one I could find but it isn't cheap. I waited for the 15% off sale and then succumbed. I'm very happy with the quality. It's very sturdy and the drawers and hinges work well. File drawer hardware is stapled under the bottom of the unit for those who can't find it. I just cut the straps rather than trying to remove the staples. There is indeed lots of Styrofoam and cardboard to dispose of after unpacking. Mine arrived in perfect condition. The nice delivery man wheeled it to the middle of the dining room so unpacking it there and sliding it into place worked well. It's heavy!! I don't sit at it so the height of the desk part isn't an issue for me. It's more for storage. I LOVE having the file drawer. The unit was described well on the web site with pictures and words. There were no surprises and I'm very happy with the desk.
April 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TH2013 Perfect Fit!
We ordered the off-white secretary for the living room. It arrived well packaged in a big box, fully assembled. It's a sturdy, heavy piece with quality hardware. We use it as a laptop station, and the flip-down desk is higher than a normal desk so you may need a higher chair. We wanted something practical but stylish, and this is perfect!
April 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CAR54 Perfect!
Very functional and attractive. Fits perfectly in the space and matches the other furniture in the room.
April 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Graceesmom Exactly what I hoped for!
My new Eastman Secretary is the perfect desk for a small space. It has loads of storage and fits in beautifully with my antiques. I am especially impressed with the quality of workmanship! A wonder piece at a great price! I'm thinking of buying one for my daughters room!
March 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by HAPPYDUO DESK IS GOOD QUALITY
WE WERE PLEASED WITH THE QUALITY OF THE DESK WE BOUGHT. IT WAS WELL PUT TOGETHER AND DESIGN AND COLOR FIT IN VERY WELL WITH THE ROOM.
February 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by kfehr A Mother's Mess...now hidden.
The main purpose for this desk was to store our girls crafts, drawing materials, puzzles, and games. The bottom drawer is deep and perfect for the many puzzles and games, while the smaller drawers are perfect for paper, drawing utensils, and stickers. We use it in our kitchen and it really is a beautiful piece of furniture. The only complaint is the drawers don't seem flush when closed. It's not bad, but not great. I'm still overall pleased with our purchase and thankful that it hides our mess. :o)
February 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by msmasco Great value for the price
I read other reviews in advance of purchasing this product and was glad I purchased it despite some of the other purchaser's misgivings. It arrived on schedule, perfectly packaged without any damage. The item is exactly as described and all parts work perfectly. I love it.
February 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Deb2237 I recommend this purchase.
The Eastman Secretariat is just what I was hoping for. The bottom drawer came with the pendaflex hardware and works perfectly. I especially like the hydraulic feature the top compartment has. This piece of furniture is worth the money.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by cmurray717 Meets our needs!
This secretary fits underneath our stairs and is a perfect place for mail, laptops, iPads, and phones. The file drawer at the bottom makes organizing easy and fun! Having this piece has made it possible to free up lots of other storage areas in the house. We are very happy with this purchase!
February 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by WillBeBack Quality and Function Meet
Arrived perfectly as it was packaged so very, very well. Impressed with the quality of the construction and the finish. It's the functional piece I had wanted. The piece is totally a reference for Ballard's quality. Excellent.
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by dogmama perfect size
I live in a small house build in 1943, it is difficult to find small furniture that will fit my small rooms, this secretary desk is the perfect size for my guest room and it also includes the file cabinet, absolutely perfect
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by woodhome Very nice!
This desk is well put together, the hinge on the upper main door opens and closes the door slowly and the bottom files drawer has a nice rolling hinge system. It came packaged nicely to protect everything. I got the off white color which I normally wouldn't get but I really like it. Love it and would recommend it!
January 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by BettsyBoo JUST EXACTLY WHAT WAS NEEDED!
This secretary turns out to be the best thing that happened to me this year! I have a townhouse that has a a kitchen, living room and dining room space that is kinda all together....my granite counters in the kitchen are beautiful but I could hardly ever see them cause I had so much stuff on them...important everyday stuff like keys,the newspaper, mail, hair elastics, pens & pencils, scissors, tape and on and on. I was always trying to find the perfect basket to contain a lot of it but there was always overflow. Until I ordered this secretary...it is absolutely perfect and is small enough that it fits my space but does not overwhelm it. It is very well made. I have other pieces from Ballard so I knew about their legendary packing as well...
I have no issues whatsoever with the bottom drawer coming open like a previous reviewer but I can tell you if you don't shut it completely that would happen because the drawers are on very smooth glides and are a delight to open and close. The price for the value is outstanding. My boyfriend when I first showed him what I was getting said..."Oh I am sure we can find one locally, cheaper." I really didin't want to waste my time but I humoured him because I wanted him to know that I valued his imput! So we looked everywhere...I took pictures of everything but every single one of the secretaries we looked at was more expensive and didn't have all the features of the eastman...I finally just said...honey I'm ordering the one from Ballard cause it's just what I need and the price is outstanding. When we received it he was very surprised at how well it was made and packaged...It's not the end of our love story but it is the end of this review and we both give it 2 thumbs up!
January 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Spark Perfect!
I needed a simple and compact desk/storage combination piece to allow me to work on my laptop, and to hold files, mail, desk accessories/necessities (e.g., stamps, scissors, pens), and many boxes of thank-you notes and stationery. Eastman Secretary is absolutely PERFECT for the small space in the corner of my family room, which now holds all my files and miscellaneous items that used to be stored in plastic boxes in a closet. Yay! I'm so excited to be so organized with such a beautiful piece of furniture. The cream color is perfect, not too white or yellow.
January 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bubbaloo Very nice solid piece of furniture
This desk/hutch is the perfect addition to my dining room. It was packed very well and required virtually no assembly. I need to get used to it though, as I keep clipping my shoulder on the top corner when I walk by it....my issue. I would strongly recommend this piece if you are looking for a functional work space that can be hidden in seconds. Great drawers for storage. Because of this desk, I've freed up counter space in my small kitchen!
January 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jnpuppies Nice little desk
Wish the finish had a little more gloss, seems hard to keep dust free.
December 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tootser As usual - good quality and shipping.
Nice piece for corner nook with extra storage. 15% off when I bought but after extra ship price, about full price. Go back to BD for our eclectic taste and their quality. Wish they'd offer more free shipping! I'd probably buy more!
December 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by dgresident Happy with the Eastman
Good looking. And arrived without a scratch. Happy with the unit.
December 14, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Adriance Nice piece of furniture for less than expected.
My new desk is well made from good materials that would cost alot more if made locally. I am very pleased with it!
December 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by arafto1 Just what I expected
I ordered this secretary to have additional work space and storage for our apartment living room, and I am totally satisfied. It looks just as pictured (Belgian Oak in my case), and it's very functional. I haven't had the sturdiness issues that others have mentioned although it's only been a few weeks. I also don't mind the height of it because it keeps me from straining my neck by looking down too far. It has lots of great storage and looks great at as accent piece. I also used a 15% coupon so I got it for an unbeatable price. Haven't seen anything else like it for the price and quality.
December 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by thekundi Great product for the price
The desk is very handsome and is very well priced. It was packed very good for shipping. I noticed just a couple of minor flaws that I could touch up myself. To note, the brackets for the hanging files are underneath the desk!!
December 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BoltonPatB This is a beautiful desk.
We are very pleased with this spacious desk. The finish is beautiful. The packaging was excellent and the delivery service receives very high marks. I would recommend this secretary to anyone needing the work area and storage but want to close it up when not in use.
November 6, 2012