Rated 5 out of 5 by JavaCat9 I love this desk!
I have this desk in the Belgian oak. Love it! There is so much storage with such a small footprint. The Belgian oak finish is true to the picture. Love that I can hide my mess. I read nearly all of the reviews before purchasing. It is true that the drop down desk is at an odd height. I'm still looking for a chair just the right height. I highly recommend this desk!
December 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Louie2 I love the drop down top
I love my Eastman Secretary, I fits perfectly in my bedroom. It has all of the features I need for setting up a little office. The delivery went perfectly and the desk had no problems.
December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wonderfulshoppingwithu This is a great product
I was a bit skeptical about ordering furniture online, however, after reading all the great reviews I decided to go ahead. I was not disappointed. all the reviews were right. This is a well built desk. It was packaged extremely well and arrived as promised. Awesome....
December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pattig very nice
This secretary looks great in our family room. I ordered the old world brown, it is lighter than depicted online and catalog, but still looks great. Excellent function and storage.
November 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by lau133 nice looking but mine was defective
I ordered this desk and I am very pleased at the look and functionality, however mine was defective (the wood between the drawers was bowed causing you to be unable to close the top drawer) and I am waiting for a new one to be delivered. Although Ballard Designs is was easy to work with to get the exchange authorized, the delivery has been a nightmare.
May 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyLori This desk is just what I was looking for.....
I would highly recommend this desk to anyone who is looking for a desk that is both functional and attractive. The desk is very well made and had no issues in the shipping process. The drawers are a good size and shut securely. If ordering the black, I would recommend the gray inside as the black on black makes it hard to see inside the desk. Lots of storage when the drop top is down and it looks classy open or closed. I have accessorized mine on top with family photos and a desk lamp. As others have stated, be warned that unpacking is messy with the packing material, however, worth it since there was no damage to the desk. This is my first purchase with Ballard and I am sure it will not be my last.
May 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rbee Wood Quality Much Better Than Expected
I was surprised at the quality of the wood, it is a good, heavy width and well made, not the cheap stuff you buy in office supply stores. The desk is the perfect size for my 8' x 11' office. If you do not have a lot of space, and need storage, this is the piece for you. I, like the reviewer before me, do not have an issue so far with the bottom drawer opening or not staying shut, and I am placing art supplies in it and not files. I also love the way the secretary opens, the hinges open gradually like a soft close drawer on a kitchen cabinet. This is a great feature.
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FashionFreak Perfect piece for kitchen files and paperwork.
This secretary works in every way as a nice side piece in the breakfast nook. It is well built; all the bottom drawers open smoothly, and the mechanism that operates the drop desk portion looks like it will last. The cubby holes are convenient to reach with the desk open and the drawers are handy as well. Due to the heavy duty packing, it arrived without a scratch or ding anywhere. It was helpful to read the other comments since the color is definitely cream rather than white - so I knew what to expect. Very impressed with this purchase!
April 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mel19 This desk was nicer than I expected for the price.
The eastman desk is sturdy and beautiful. It came assembled and worked out well. Love it.
April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shan29 Great product for the money
This product has been perfect. It is just the right size for my laptop and counter-height stool. It fits nicely in my kitchen!
March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by crazy4art the Eastman Secretary is exactly as prsented.
we are decorating a den and the Eastman secretary fits in beautifully. it is exactly as was presented in the catalog. the size is perfect and color matched other pieces in the room. the quality is excellent. I like the slow -closing drawers. the amount of drawers is also just right. I couldn't have designed it better. I was worried ordering such a large piece of furniture without seeing it in person , but I am so glad I did. extremely happy with it !
February 16, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by JDUBSinCHARLOTTE Acceptable if unspectacular quality
Item arrived heavily packaged in cardboard box with TONS of Styrofoam pieces surrounding it. Since it makes a trip from China, I suppose the excessive packaging is warranted. After removing packaging, was pleasantly surprised there was little damage. Only part of the base molding was pushed out of place and the adjoining seam gap was noticeable. Was easy to repair myself. Drawers and doors work great, and the size and functionality is what we wanted for the space we had in mind. The only complaint is that the Belgian Oak finish was mostly Oak and missing most of the "whitewash" look that it was supposed to have based on photos. Not worth the hassle of having Ballard ship another one and our returning this one. Overall, a nice if somewhat average piece of furniture.
February 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NRCH High quality piece of furniture
I love this secretary, it is well built, the size is perfect for the location in my guest room - not too deep, but the drawer sizes are large enough for storage. I purchased the off-white painted secretary and the color matches the other furniture in the room.
January 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by UnhappyPurchaser Uncomfortable work space
I have owned this desk for 7 months and am very disappointed. The writing area is higher than normal desk height yet lower than counter height making it uncomfortable to use with either a normal chair or a stool. This was a complete waste of money.
January 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by audreyanne Not too big, not too small, perfect for what I need, good storage and pretty to look at.
Love it, not too big, not too small, perfect for my needs and good to look at.
January 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 12345asdfg Great little desk!
it actually is a good sized desk for a bedroom or corner in a living room. fold down drawer allows for a computer to sit on top and for smaller papers and desk items to be located inside. Drawers under have room for paper and files (legal or letter). great find!
December 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by NickIA As a desk, not good
The height of the desk table area in this piece is about 1.5" higher than standard desk height. Extremely unergonomic -- I can't imagine what Ballard was thinking when designing it this way. I spent a lot of money on this and now I'm going to have to re-sell it.
November 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by discobay This is a well laid-out piece of furniture
Looked all over for a closeable desk and file drawers, and for a specific sized space. This is the best one I've seen - it fit all my needs. I was hesitant with the folding desk top/cover because I didn't know if it would be flimsy. I received it and it's not flimsy! This is a solid piece of furniture, you can close it up and it looks neat and tidy, the file drawer is heavy-duty, and it fits into the place that I needed it for perfectly! Highly recommend this if you're looking for a desk and storage, but have limited space.
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by farmlife4me Love, love, love this desk!
My home is small and my challenge was to create an office area without really much room to work with. Enter the Eastman Secretary desk. I bought it in the cream and it is so elegant and beautiful. I holds a lot and of course the drop leaf gives me a desk space when I need it and folds up to reveal a lovely piece of furniture when I don't need it.
November 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by mp1332 Very pleased so far
I recently started working from home and ordered this desk for my dining room so I would have a mini home office to work at and store things in. Overall it's great for what I need, it has just enough file storage and plenty of drawers to organize things in. I purchased it in the rubbed cream and it is very pretty. I wanted something that would go with other furniture and not look like office furniture. It is perfect in that respect.
I'm glad I didn't pay the extra $100 for the delivery service to unwrap it. That amount is ridiculous just to have someone unwrap it for you, it is already assembled. The $140 shipping fee is already pretty high. If it weren't assembled then I can see paying the extra $100 to put it together and I would have paid it in that case. They rolled it right into my dining room. It was easy to unwrap. It's wrapped in Styrofoam panels and if you don't rip them there isn't a big mess. You just have to break down the box and put it all out in the trash, no big deal.
The file drawer hardware is stapled to the very bottom of the desk right under the front molding. It was kind of hard find all the pieces and get out, don't know why it couldn't have been attached inside the drawer. The drawers do have to be pushed all the way closed, but this is typically a sign of good quality in office furniture, not bad.
The height of the pull down desk is definitely too high like the other reviews have said, not so much to write on, but definitely too high to use a laptop. My back and shoulders hurt after just a few minutes. It's not 30.5" from the floor as the dimensions state, it's closer to 32". This is why I didn't rate it a 5. My husband is 5'10" and it's too high even for him, maybe someone who is 6' or taller would not have a problem. A typical chair isn't tall enough and a bar stool would be too high. I found a drafting table chair and it's perfect.
November 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by gindec Very happy with it.
Came assembled perfectly, and looks great. Very functional. We are very happy with it.
November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ajay It serves my needs perfectly.
I am well satisfied with the Eastman Secretary. It has ample storage, fits into the space I have available, and is a good looking piece of furniture. I particularly appreciate the large working space when the desktop is open. Good design all around
October 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mars Wonderful purchase!
I had been looking at the Eastman Secretary Desk for several years and finally purchased it. It is well made and is just the right size for a computer desk. I just purchased an IMac with a large 23 inch screen and the computer fits into the desk with the door closed. I am so happy with this purchase and wonder why I didn't purchase it several years ago.
September 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Slc897 Exactly what I wanted!
I bought this in wormwood brown to replace a bookcase I had in my living room. It came fully assembled except for four rails you pop in the bottom drawer to make it a file drawer.
It looks so much better than the open bookcase did with books and papers looking unorganized. It is a great little home office that closes up to hide the bills, papers and office stuff. I can fit my laptop in the desk section. I did downsize the number of books but the cubbies and two other drawers hold a lot! I am very happy with this purchase.
September 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by KayH Good use of space
I bought this because of the lower file cabinet drawer which is a great use of space. However, the flip down cover to the desk/secretary is too high for a conventional desk chair which makes it uncomfortable for my laptop and IPAD.
August 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FirstandFutureShopper In-Home Delivery is WORTH It!
I agree with all the other favorable reviews of this perfect piece: it's exactly as described in the photos and specs (thanks for adding that detailed sheet on-line). Most of our furniture are true antiques, but this fits well in a small guestroom as desk/drawers for frequent weekenders.
Trying to save $100, I opted for the basic delivery. (Which by the way, is difficult to arrange if you work and aren't home all day long!) However as others noted, that is one hot mess! It took several hours to wrest it from it's careful packing, 3 giant plastic bags of foam + several piles of cardboard, and several vaccuumings to track down all the little static styrofoam pieces. (A month later, I'm still finding a few, and believe me - I was fanatical!) In the end I gave the neighbor boys $20 to help me wrangle it upstairs!
I HIGHLY recommend you upgrade to the in-home delivery service! Let them cart away all that stryo & cardboard recycling, place it carefully where you want it, and make your whole experience really sweet!
August 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by shabbychick I love this desk!
I was pleased with the quality of the desk and how nice it looks. It is perfect for paying bills, keeping my personal files and roomy enough to hold desk accessories.
I am 5'4" so I need to use a taller chair or would need to sit on a pillow.
July 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ratherbdancin Beautiful and practical
I absolutely love this piece. It is the perfect size. It fits everything I need for the daily organizing of running our home, and it is so beautiful. I love the Old World Brown color.
July 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by MarilynLCSW excellent design, only fair quality
I had looked & looked for a SMALL secretary desk for a new, compact office I just opened. This meets my needs, is stylish and affordable (although NOT cheap).
I was hesitant after reading some reviews, about quality, but loved the features and the overall design enough to take the risk.....
Well, the features and design ARE great - but the workmanship is only fair. Not horrible, but definitely more Target or Walmart quality in my opinion. It's so big though that I don't want to bother wrapping it up to return. And I know the selection of desks this size hasn't increased. I should've stretched and gone up to the higher quality of Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel. When something seems like a really great deal - 'buyer beware'.
Too bad the quality control staff didn't catch things like chipped paint, permanent black marks on ivory colored wood and poor joining of edges and joints. A bit more effort would make a wonderful top-notch product.
June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by avidonlineshopper Exactly what I was looking for!
Love this accent furniture piece! fits in perfectly with my living room (bought the rubbed cream) and is just right for filing important papers, storing important documents and makes a great central location for all the paperwork that seems to accumulate on the kitchen/dining room table. Stores laptop when not in use. I look forward to getting my life organized and am very happy I found this item at Ballard Design, quality piece and seamless shipping/delivering.
June 22, 2013