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If you're not happy, we're not happy. That's where our "Love It or Send It Back" policy comes in. If you're dissatisfied with your Ballard purchase for any reason, you can return it within 90 days of the ship date for an exchange or full refund* (excluding Shipping & Processing fees).

You are invited to try items within our Best of Ballard collection risk-free for 30 days. If you're not satisfied, we will refund the purchase price AND shipping costs. Best of Ballard items are exempt from additional discounts and free shipping offers.

If you don't absolutely love your new slipcovered seating or upholstered seating for any reason, return it within 10 days of delivery absolutely free – we'll even pay the return shipping. It's that simple. We guarantee it. Now doesn't that make you happy?

*Excludes personalized, customized, monogrammed or COM (customer's own material) unless defective.

We want you to be happy. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, simply return it within 90 days of the ship date for an exchange or refund (excluding Shipping & Processing fees). All products are guaranteed from defects for a full year.

Please carefully inspect your order upon delivery. If you receive damaged or defective merchandise, you may contact our Customer Service department at 1-800-536-7551 and a representative will be glad to arrange a return or exchange for you.

Please note: Any items that are monogrammed, customized, Customer's Own Material (COM), or made-to-order cannot be modified, cancelled, returned or exchanged unless damaged or defective. Defective items will be exchanged unless no longer available, in which case a Merchandise Certificate will be issued. Once a returned item is received in our warehouse, the return or exchange will be processed immediately. For credit card orders, you can expect to see your refund credit within 72 hours. For check and money orders, you can expect to receive your refund check within 7-10 business days.

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Standard Shipping

Delivery Time

In-stock items will generally arrive in 3-7 business days.

Items ordered at the same time may not be delivered together.


Orders equal to and under $200 will be charged 15% of the total order value.

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All shipping charges are based on the original retail price of the product prior to any discounts being applied.

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We offer Two Business Day or Next Business Day Expedited Shipping on many items. Expedited orders received by 4 pm ET Monday–Friday are shipped the same day.

Expedited order cut-offs may vary during weeks surrounding a federally recognized holiday.


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Oversized handling fee - $20-$40 per item

Truck Delivery

Delivery Time

Generally available for delivery 2-3 weeks after shipping.


Threshold Truck Delivery

  • Items are unloaded by the driver and placed inside the first-floor doorway, garage, or covered area of your choice.
  • If the home is a multi-dwelling building, the items will be delivered inside the residence.
  • Assembly not included.


In-Home Truck Delivery
- add'l $35 per item

  • On many larger items, like furniture, you have the option to upgrade the delivery experience to In-Home Truck Delivery.
  • Some items only ship via In-Home Truck Delivery.
  • With our In-Home Truck Delivery service, the item will be brought inside in your home, unpacked, placed in its final destination, and packaging materials removed.
  • Assembly is not included.

What To Expect For Truck Deliveries

  1. After your items have shipped, you will be contacted by our delivery partner to schedule a day and 4 hour window for your delivery.
  2. When scheduling, share any restrictions or special circumstances that could impact your delivery including, but is not limited to:
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  4. On the day of delivery, our delivery partner will call you approximately 30 minutes prior to arriving at your home.
  5. Please prepare for your delivery by ensuring clear pathways and removing any fragile items that could be damaged during the delivery. Our delivery provider is unable to move any existing furniture.
  6. Our delivery experience is contactless and your signature is not required. If you observe an imperfection, notify the delivery team and either refuse the item or contact us at 888-263-9850 for a resolution.
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Dorchester Short Stool is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 78.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dorchester Short Stool Sturdy and lovely! We had young visitors and they were using the stool to reach high things and the stool stood firm!
Date published: 2022-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for dinning at beach house This short stool was perfect with coordinating benches to provide the perfect seating at round dining table at our beach house. Love the relaxed look.
Date published: 2022-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy and attractive stools These stools are just what I was looking for. I wanted something to put in front of the fireplace or to move around for extra seating. At first I thought I wanted poufs… but the more reviews I read told me they don’t hold up well and end up the equivalent of a bean bag chair. These stools are sturdy and attractive and easy to move around. They don’t have the same whimsical appeal that the poufs do, but in the long run, they were the way to go! Extremely happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2022-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dorchester short stool Beautiful! Great quality and looks just as pictured. Ballard never disappoints!
Date published: 2021-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Or better! These stools are gorgeous! I bought 2 in black to place in front of my fireplace. Wonderful quality! Absolutely thrilled with this purchase!
Date published: 2021-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ballard short stool This stool is attractive, sturdy and just what I was looking for to replace a not so sturdy wicker stool for my vanity!
Date published: 2021-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I’d bought it sooner! Lovely! Wonderfully constructed and versatile. I am using it in my master bathroom right now but I can see how it could easily be used in a spare bedroom as a nightstand or anywhere for extra seating. It is a solid piece of furniture.
Date published: 2021-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dorchester Short Stool Perfect in every way. So flexible too as you can move around easily as needed. Incredibly comfortable.
Date published: 2020-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly What I Was Looking For! I couldn't be more pleased with the Dorchester Short Stool I ordered from Ballard Designs. It is the perfect size and the perfect height. It adds just the right amount of texture, style and function to our bedroom.
Date published: 2020-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dorchester Short Stool: A Winner! Very well made stool in just the right size and height I wanted. I am using this next to my bedside; I placed a box cushion on the stool, and placed a tray on top of the cushion, so I can now easily reach coffee, books and breakfast!
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful stools I purchased two of these stools to go at the end of two twin beds…Perfect! This particular bedroom is small, so I needed somewhere for guests to place their bags or to just have a seat as there isn't much space for a nice chair. I am very pleased!
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great small stool Excellent small stool - using it as a table base with a large antique tray on top
Date published: 2020-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great corner stool This product is well made and exactly as described on the website. It came packaged well.We are using it as a corner seat for the 2 and 3 seat benches. No regrets!
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty in the bath. Very pretty and useful in my bathroom. A cushion is important as the seat is a bit scratchy and also has quite a straw smell at first, but it seems to have dissapaited.
Date published: 2019-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect stool! Just as pictured and the perfect "filler" for a spot I just needed something for! Bonus is it provides an extra seat particularly for children
Date published: 2019-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dorchester Short Stoll The stool looks like photo, came well packaged and is a very ample size.
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sturdy and well designed I bought this for my wife as a stool to sit and apply makeup. She loves it! I also purchased a 2" thick pillowtop cushion to give the stool just a bit more hight.
Date published: 2019-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile Stool! This stool is well-made and versatile. It goes well with my other furniture. Besides providing extra seating, this stool can be used as a foot stool, coffee table, or game table for a chess set.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dorchestor Short Stool The finish looked nicer in the photos. My piece, the black, is barely distressed at all. Ok for the price.
Date published: 2023-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty much what I expected. The stools are very attractive and well made, but the thatched seat does have some “pokey” areas that can be uncomfortable.
Date published: 2021-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stool Nice serviceable stool, its in a corner and works just fine.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different size I bought a Dorchester Short Stool years ago and wanted another and planned to use them together. No Joy! The current model is 2" larger -18" square, the one I had at home is 16" square. I purchased several Lemans stools over a period of several years and they were always consistent in size and color. Now not sure if I will return the new one, so disappointed.
Date published: 2023-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shame on Ballard Designs Its a shame that Ballard will not post the “Con” reviews. The website said “ Suitable Cons could not be generated at this time”. What would be considered a suitable Con?
Date published: 2022-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dorchester Low Stool I was disappointed when the two stools arrived to find that their dimensions were larger than those I had previously purchased from Ballard Designs. Not sure there is anything that can be done, but I am truly disappointed.
Date published: 2021-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Different Tones and Grain... We bought 2 Dorchester short stools to match an earlier one we bought a year ago. The wood grain is different and the wood tone is so much lighter. So disappointed but too tired to go through the return process.
Date published: 2022-12-13
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Dorchester Short Stool

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