Rated 5 out of 5 by AnnieLL Love this piece.
This desk is very nice quality. It was packaged very very well and there wasn't a mark on it. I am very happy with it.
November 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sallyshopper2 Solid construction.
Looks great next to my cream cabinets in the kitchen. The counter stool item #ST233 works well with the desk as it sits a little higher.
November 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pie5 Beautiful and High Quality
We bought this for one of the bedrooms in our vacation home. It offers up the usefulness of a desk to hide away a laptop, papers, and files without looking like "work". The black finish is slightly worn to reveal a bit of the light/ white wood beneath which pairs nicely with any style. We purchased locally a reclaimed wood and iron piano stool to adjust to the height of our guests while using the desk which addresses the height issue other reviewers mentioned.
October 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by loochbooch Everything I expected!
Excellent quality, love the color, perfect for my kitchen!
October 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Back2You Perfect size
I love my new Eastman Secretary. The color is well represented as rubbed cream. It is just the right size in our new "downsized" home where this desk and dining room table and chairs coordinate together in a fairly small area. The desk top is higher as indicated in other reviews. I was able to resolve the issue by purchasing a Farmhouse Cushion, also from Ballard Design. It gives me just enough height to feel comfortable working at my laptop.
October 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beckyjojo One year later -- still looking great
We've had this secretary for over one year and it's still looking great. Fortunately, unlike some other reviews, ours did not arrive with warped doors, and we've found that the hinged door that pulls down is still in good shape, not loose. We bought the "Old World Brown" stain, and it's a lovely, warm, deep stain. The secretary is well-made, heavy, nothing cheap about it in my opinion. My husband has no patience for furniture that is poorly-constructed or uses cheap materials, but as soon as this one came out of the shipping box, he was impressed. We have it in the dining room to collect all the bills and papers from school that used to land on our dining room table. We have an old, small house with limited storage/closets. We really needed something that could be "closed up" and look neat and tidy, so this worked perfectly for us. One note -- we don't use it as a desk, and I can understand why some reviewers were disappointed with that function of it because the pull-down drawer that acts as the desk top is WAY too high for someone sitting in a normal chair. Maybe a bar-stool would work??
September 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LeanandGreen Happy with the size and functionality of this piece.
Due to our home having 9 foot ceilings, the height of the piece is in good proportion to the home office where it resides. It sits on carpet so does have a tendency to lean forward when filing cabinet door is open, but the wall attachment should fix the problem.
The lines of the secretary, are clean, simple and classy. Thanks for offering such a functional piece!!
September 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by 123456 perfect little desk
I needed a small desk for my laptop for my living room, and I love that I can close this one up and hide my papers and other mess. Great for a small space and a really nice looking piece of furniture.
September 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lowcountry Great desk
Love this desk! It looks perfect in my office and I can close it up and the mess goes away and looks pretty. The cream color is so soft and classy looking, just is the perfect piece.
August 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SFLAMOM Perfect Piece
My son has a queen bed, which doesn't leave space for much more. This piece is exactly what we needed to provide some drawer space and a homework area. It is well built and very heavy. The drawers slide nicely & the desk front doesn't slam. It really looks nice in the room!
August 3, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Boston123 Great Storage, Looks Great
I'm really pleased with my Eastman Secretary. I had been wanting one for a long time and finally treated myself. Thankfully, it had leveling screws on the bottom feet so I could adjust it to accommodate my slanty floors. I needed to get an adjustable chair so that I could sit at a comfortable height relative to the writing surface...it seemed a bit high to me.
July 31, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by chicagolandshopper Love the design - piece was delivered with some dents and scratches.
The price is great and the design is wonderful. Unfortunately the piece was delivered with some dents and minor scratches which was a bit disappointing.
July 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyinMN Beautiful desk. Love the file drawer.
We were looking for something compact but with plenty of storage, especially for the family files. We also wanted something that could 'hide' all the paper that collects in our household from bills, etc. This desk more than fit the bill. We got the black w/ grey interior and it looks fantastic. It arrived well packaged and on time. The only complaint is that it should come with instructions on how to unpackage without damaging it. We had to be very careful when opening the box.
July 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by sisishoper Good product
This product is well built, and has multiple function to use. However, I think it is hard to adjust the height on the bottom of the feet, because it is very heavy you have to have at least two people to do it. Also the inside of the paint is not smooth. I just got it little while ago, and after use more I think I will have more opinions.
June 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lgreen Great desk
Love the slow opening hinges on the door. Packaged very well.
June 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Peartree Quality Desk
I had been looking at this desk for quite some time and when I saw it go on sale I jumped on the deal. So glad I did. I received it in perfect condition. Actually, it exceeded my expectations, as I love the look, quality, and size of this desk. It has so much storage space, but the overall size is compact, just right for a small space. I would advise anyone thinking about this desk as I was, to purchase it. You won't be sorry.
June 1, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Toasty Simple clean design just as shown in catalog.
Height of drop down desk is too high. Had a chair as shown in catalog I wanted to use as a desk chair. All regular chair height are too low to use with this product. An adjustable would work, but they are SO unattractive. I have never purchased furniture through a catalog and was very pleased with the care Ballard took with my purchase.
May 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by deedee5 quality piece
I love this desk. solid, sturdy. hinges on fold down table very strong.
Built in hanging files nice bonus. fits in sitting area of bedroom perfectly. packaged well.
May 23, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Indy Attractive but smell is overwhelming
I love the look of the Eastman Secretary but the odor of the wood is so strong that it makes my eyes water. I guess the odor is formaldehyde? Very disappointing.
May 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by luvsorganization Perfect size, attractive and functional
We needed a small desk to fit in a small area. This one is perfect. It has a file drawer and several other drawers to keep odds and ends. I don't plan to actually sit and work at it but will use it mainly for storage and as a charging station. I love that the main compartment closes up and hides any clutter. Overall it is attractive and seems solidly made. The delivery people were very professional and were eager to please. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
May 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LaLa2 Love it!
One of my best furniture purchases EVER! This little desk has more storage than I imagined. It is very well-made - the drawers don't wiggle around when you open them and the drop-down desk top has great hinges. There was a lot of packaging, but this ensured that my piece had no damage when it arrived. Very thankful that it was fully-assembled when I got it. I am very happy with my purchase and so glad I finally got it! (I had my eye on this for a couple of years before buying it.)
May 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PezzVT Surprisingly well constructured
For the price, this piece of furniture is very sturdy and well built. Fits into a small corner of our bedroom and yet opens up into a real work space. The bottom drawer acting as a file cabinet allows us to keep the work right there.
May 14, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by pickybuyer Well made small desk
I got this desk so I would no longer use my kitchen as an office. I got tired of getting my printer (and mail) in and out of the pantry. This little desk is perfect to keep my laptop, printer and all the stuff I use everyday. I love that I can just close it and hide away the ugly electronics.
May 13, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by nandog Great purchase!
this is a great piece of furniture for a small space. I especially like that it can be used as a desk or serving station.
May 10, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by STClair Nice style, good quality, color is really yellow.
I like the style and it is good for a smaller space. The file cabinet drawer on the bottom is great. The color is really yellow although light it is still yellow. If I had known that it was yellow, I would have purchased the black unit. There is a small crack in the trim on one of the drawers and that is disappointing, too difficult to return and that is the downside of ordering online.
May 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shad Absolutely LOVE it
It's a compact home office. Plenty of room for everything! Replaces the filing cabinet, desk and storage cabinet for office/home supplies.
May 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by mall love it
Great purchase. Beautiful piece of furniture. Couldn't believe the price. It's perfect storage for what I needed. Love it.
April 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mar56b Great for a small bedroom
This secretary replaces a large vanity in my bedroom. It provides lots of storage in its compact design. I store toiletries, electronics (including my laptop), files, and more, all in one space-saving place. We picked it up at the local Ballard's. It was very well packed and well made, excellent quality. The fold down desktop is not suitable for use with a standard chair so you'll need a chair with adjustable height. The doors and drawers open and close easily. You can feel the quality when you open them. We had difficulty placing the special order at the store due to computer problems but the staff was very polite and called me when they resolved the issue. The customer service at the store was fantastic. The sales staff was very knowledgeable, friendly, and quick to assist. They actually looked like they enjoyed working there and their attitude made you enjoy the whole retail experience.
April 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by DesignLover1 looks great, but does not stay shut
I purchased this secretary about a year ago. It was just what I was looking for in a desk - some storage space, space for hanging folders, front that could close and hold back the mess, not too large. For the first few months, I was thrilled with my purchase. But now, several items are problematic. The bottom file drawer will not stay closed (it is half loaded with papers). It keeps rolling open. More importantly, the top will not stay shut - it keeps flapping open and the magnets are not strong enough to hold it up and shut. I use this desk with a laptop and spend much time with the laptop perched on the desk writing surface and as a result, the desk front is now warped, contributing to the fact that it will not close and stay shut. I would say that this is a lovely desk for those who use it very lightly. But for those who use it with a laptop, not so much.
April 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LL2000 beautiful piece of furniture
Delivered right to my doorstep. Great communication with delivery time. Came all in one piece (which is wonderful!). A lot of packaging, but totally worth it to not have to assemble anything. Great quality; absolutely beautiful.
April 13, 2012