Rated 2 out of 5 by MichellefromBoston Sad to say...this is poor quality
This is the first time I've felt compelled to review a product. I purchased this desk because it fit in beautifully with my decor. When the desk arrived there were a few dents and scratches. I called Ballard and they offered a discount or to replace. I took the discount thinking it was due to shipping, but since then (a mere few months) there have been other issues confirming the quality of this desk is terrible. I am guessing it's made from a very soft wood or composite because it has dents and actual chips (chunks of wood) from gentle bangs have come out of the desk...such as when the desk chair got gently pushed in too far by my daughter. Needless to say, I am disappointed. I am not very hard on my things, which is even more frustrating. If you are looking for durable, quality craftsmanship, this desk isn't for you. Aside from that, I absolutely love the desk and will continue to patch and mend to hopefully keep it for as long as possible...but not sure how long that will be.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kellay Love this desk
well made, easy to put together; only really need a second pair of hands to lift it bc it's so heavy; but I put this together myself (petite female)
Classy, durable, high quality. Warning, drawers aren't very deep... but it's so beautiful, had to keep. The only thing I'd change is the depth of the drawers.
September 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kathy17 Love this desk!
Love this desk! Just what I expected! I would recommend it.
May 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LAFP Divine Desk
I am very pleased with the Whitley Desk for my space.
It was daunting at first to put together. But after getting started with the tools provided I did not even have to ask for help from my husband. It is very heavy so I did have to ask for help to move it. The desk in my opinion is WHITE more so than ivory with minimum distressing. A beautiful addition to our home.
May 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LindafromLasVegas CLASSIC LOOKING DESK
This gorgeous desk arrived so quickly. It was easy to put together and looks so fabulous in my black and white office. It is very well made and has classic lines that look like a desk worth at least double the amount that I paid. I usually do not do submit ratings, but this desk was well worth my time.
April 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MizAlica Pretty and spacious except for drawer
This desk arrived promptly and well-packaged from Ballard.
It was pretty easy to assemble and probably took less than 30 minutes but it would be very difficult to do alone for a female because the parts are so large. I was glad to have help.
The desk is very pretty and basically is true to the photos. I got the antique white color.
My only issue with the design is the small depth of the two drawers. They're basically big enough to fit some pencils laid flat and perhaps some sticky notes. It will be fine but I would have liked a little desk storage for files or paperwork.
April 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marjorieg Elegant, practical and excellent quality!
The desk was shipped in a timely manner. I was impressed with how well it was packed. It is heavy, solid and has a large work space. I am very pleased with my purchase.
April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AngelaG A nice, solid piece of furniture
I am happy with the quality and functionality of this desk. It is exactly as described. It was easy to assemble and came with small disposable tools to assemble it with. Assembly was simple; however it will require two people as it is heavy.
Delivery company is not authorized to assemble. Possibly it could be arranged for an extra fee.
March 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mshep This desk its perfect for my beach house
Its the perfect size and very sturdy, I love the curves on it very much a woman's desk
March 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LovemyCoton Beautiful however...
First let me say this desk really makes a statement and is absolutely gorgeous. Everyone wants to know where it came from. I ordered it from a retail store to avoid shipping costs and it came in about 3 weeks later. It was easy to attach the legs. But I have 1 complaint: the wood is very soft and has no finish on it at all. You must put a glass top on this desk to use it. It scratches just from looking at it almost. That adds another $150 to the cost of the desk.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BarbHP Gorgeous! Looks just like the catalog photo.
Looks exactly like I anticipated - beautiful. It does require some assembly that takes two people to do it. This desk is well made and heavy. My husband cannot lift heavy objects so I enlisted the help of a friend to get it out of the box and put it together for us. It is packaged well but one of the 2 decorative buttons that go on each end of the desk was crushed in shipping. Have ordered a replacement part and did not need to send in the part that was defective, so that was a nice touch. I am completely satisfied with this lovely desk.
November 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by giagia Very Nice
I have been wanting this desk for awhile now, I finally purchased it and so glad I did. I should have not waited so long. Assemble was easy but needed two people to help turn desk upright after assemble.
November 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by TDG1965 Nice looking but flaws in the finish
Looks very nice and is of good quality, but the desk top had flaws in the finish. The appearance has a nice shine, but in several spots the finish is worn, almost like it was rubbed with sandpaper. I am going to use this desk for work so I am not too concerned. But if you are using it expecting it to look really nice, I would shop elsewhere.
October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ready2Write Writer looking for the "perfect place to work"
I was skeptical about ordering a desk from an on line source...desk is beautiful! Construction is solid and well made. Assembly was relatively easy with one exception...holes in leg did not line up and my husband had to drill to enlarge. Customer Service adjusted the cost to offset this issue. Very elegant writing desk!
May 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ProblemSolved I Found a Drawer Organizer that Fits This!
High quality desk. Husband and father in law put it together in half an hour or less. Thinking of covering the top with glass, but so far the finish is holding up just fine after 6 mos. I bought this to work with the cream-colored Tuscan collection book cases and file drawers and it is a lovely match. Biggest concern, as many other have, was the depth of the drawers. Pens, small staplers, scissors, paperclips, etc fit fine, but I hate having all that rolling around in the drawer and none of our current drawer organizers fit in the shallow drawer. I finally found an organizer at a major bed and bath store that fits great! Its a small, clear, plastic, expandable interdesign drawer organizer that is made for makeup, but works nicely here. 1.25 inches high. Finding the organizer took this from 4/5 stars to 5/5 stars for me.
January 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Texshopper Awesome desk, but watch for cracks in legs
We love everything about the Whitley Desk -- color, design, size, and its "character." It is exactly what we wanted for a spot in our kitchen. We had the desk about three months when we noticed cracks in both legs. At first we thought they were cracks in the paint, but the cracks were much more severe. To Ballard's credit, a replacement set of legs was sent out. We are hoping this flaw was just a fluke because we like the desk so much.
October 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Luv2dream This Product is Gorgeous
When I unpacked my Whitley Desk I was so pleasantly surprised at the size and detail of the workmenship put into this elegant piece. The scrolled legs are magnificient!!! I can't wait to show it off to family and friends. I will be using it in a beautiful room to make lovely family albums, wrap beautiful presents and write heartfelt letters. I'm sure I will enjoy it for as long as I can and then hand it down to someone special.
September 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CindiC Lovely desk
I am very happy with this desk. It is sturdy, the drawers slide easily and it was easy to put together. It is heavy and I did need two people to lift it. I bought the ivory one and the color has a very slight yellow to it. I like that you can see the brush strokes in it too. Overall, quite lovely.
September 12, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by fralexburg Design, Yes. Quality, Not So Much
Still love the design. And pretty easy to assemble -- though much heavier than expected. But the finish is pretty weak in many places. It is more 'distressed' than I thought and not in an artistic way. There are cracks in the paint in the detail work which are definitely not by design. And there are other imperfections that look more like a quality control issue than apurposeful effect.
Need a taller chair to make it work as the desk is little higher than normal height to have proper body alingment.
August 20, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jsss Beautiful desk
We purchased your desk for our vacation home. It assembled quickly and looks great in our office. Yes, the drawers are very shallow, 1 1/2 " deep (thank you other reviewers for the heads up) so I was prepared for them not to hold too much. I especially like the legs, very elegant and fit into our french country look. The top is large and spacious. I am very happy with this desk.
August 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by SunnyRise Office is Now Complete
I really like this desk. It was easy to put together and looks great. Large work surface however, the two drawers could be a little deeper. Out of the box the desk smelled like varnish. There are a few places where the varnish looks uneven but probably not noticeable to others.
Very happy with the purchase!
August 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Greta Great looking and practical
I'm very happy with this desk. I purchased the walnut finish and it looks wonderful. The shipping weight is 115 lbs. so it's helpful to have a second person available, but it assembled quickly and easily. The surface dimensions hold my 23" HP all-in-one, my printer and desk accessories with plenty of writing room to spare. Yes, the drawers are shallow but it's working out fine for me. I took away one rating star only because there's a small amount of side-to-side give and the desk shakes a little if bumped into. Nothing I'm really concerned about.
June 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by DerringDo Lovely large desk
This is definitely more of a writing table than a desk, so if drawers are a requirement for you, perhaps looking at a different piece would be a better fit. The Whitley has a huge top surface, and that's about it... perhaps enough space in the drawer for a mouse and a mouse pad.
We bought this for my husband's new home office (in the dark finish) and he loves it. It's big enough for a large lamp, his lap top, a phone, and anything else he might need during the day.
Be aware that cable routing will be a challenge with this desk, as it is really just a slab on those beautiful legs - nowhere to hide anything. We're still debating whether to attach anything to the underside, but cannot bring ourselves to do it.
It is beautiful.
June 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by shabbychic50 WONDERFUL feeling to own this desk!
This desk is so substantial and well made...everyone should own one! The antique white finish is perfect in my house and it has so much room on top for all your needs. The drawers are shallow, but fits my bills and paper, pen, calculater etc. I have my white laptop on it and two small saddle stools underneath. It's a GEM of a desk and I'm so happy I found it. Was EASY to put the legs on and came very soon after ordering it. BUY ONE!
May 27, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by ewaycho beautiful
Although I had to wait three months to receive this desk, it was, in the end, worth it. The desk is beautiful and very solid. Assembly was quick and easy. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because the there were a few spots where the wood was roughly finished on the edges and as another reviewer had written, the finial on one side doesn't catch, but glue took care of that. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and Ballard Designs customer service.
April 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by KMcWriter Beautiful, Sturdy Desk
This desk works really well for me. It took 2 of us just one hour to assemble. It looks exactly as I hoped it would and fits well in my living room. I wanted a broad, flat surface, upon which I could do work (with laptop and external monitor and mouse), wrap presents, write cards, and more. This beautiful desk satisfies those desires and more.
April 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JustDucky Beautiful Desk and Work Space
This desk is as lovely as I had hoped, and we love the large workspace it provides. The two drawers are perfect for storing small items and several project folders.
April 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MissLizz well worth the wait
Had been waiting for 3 months for this desk. But I am so glad I was patient... It is beautiful! Substantial enough for my space, but the lines are graceful and soft. I wondered if my husband would love the antique cream color, but it looks so beautiful in our space, he agrees with me. It took us about 25 minutes to put it together- very simple instructions. And it is very sturdy. Just perfect- I could not be happier!
March 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MACC Pleasantly Pleased!
This is the perfect desk for my personal home office. The style is classic but not boring. The dark finish looks very rich and compliments well with a variety of accent pieces. I did purchase a custom glass top to insure the surface is protected.
December 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by pickyconsumer Exceptional Quality
I've been looking for a desk for awhile now. This desk had caught my eye. I have purchased before from this site & was impressed withthe quality of my other items so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. This had to be the easiest assembly job I've ever done & I've put together lots of furniture before. My only negative is that the drawers are rather shallow....can't fit too much. I would recommend this desk still....Top quality!
November 28, 2011