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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.

Shipping Information Chart

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.

Orders over $200 will be charged 10% of the total order value with a cap at $350.

Oversized Handling Fee - $20-$40 per item

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

*Orders placed in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands will have additional costs.

Expedited Shipping

Delivery Time

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.


Rates start at $25 for Two Business Day and $35 for Next Business Day and increase based on the size of your order. The amount will be calculated at check out or call us for a quote.

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:
    • Narrow roads
    • Restricted delivery times
    • Gated entrances
    • Proof of insurance requirements
    • Multiple flights of stairs
    • Service elevator restrictions
  3. Ensure that all items will fit through access points such as doorways, stairways, hallways, elevators, and around corners into the desired location.
  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.
  • Share any restrictions or
    special circumstances
  • Ensure that all items will
    fit through access points
  • Ensure pathways
    are clear
  • Remove fragile items that
    may get damaged
Contact us for a quote

Weekend/After-Hours Delivery

Weekend and after hours deliveries for your larger items, which require a scheduled window of time for delivery, may be available in limited areas for an additional cost.

Contact us for a quote

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Standard Work Surface Top is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 99.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful desk! We needed a desk we could configure to fit a particular space and that would meet our storage needs. We looked a 100's of desks. This desk works perfectly and we love it. It has been a high quality purchase, it was fairly easy to assemble but because of the size we needed two people The color and finish are lovely. If there were any cons, it would be that I have already dinged the surface a couple of times and it left marks but it generally has worn quite well. We are VERY happy!
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attractive, well made, good price. Attractive and sturdy. Clever idea, hard to find. Excellent service, good price.
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ballard options Wish they offered a glass top - I had to have one made
Date published: 2021-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid quality construction, disappointed in standard drawer size. Standard drawers are only 14" deep which leaves about 4" of unused / wasted space in the cabinet. I had to return the wood top because it was slightly flawed. I was very pleased with the assistance provided by the Customer Service Dept in resolving this issue.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We love it...well made Will be buying more pieces when the next 25% off and free shipping sale starts as the pieces are very expensive.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Top, Perfect Fit - Nice finished look! When this order was originally delivered I was pretty disappointed that the item I received was cracked from top to bottom around the front edge and appeared to have epoxy applied to the crack to make it look better. If it had just been damaged in shipping that's one thing but I was upset that an item that was damaged had been shipped. However, customer service was so easy and nice to deal with and they shipped a brand new top out for me within 2 days. The new top is beautiful, looks great, fits perfect and I'm in love with my new desk!
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality unit work surface This product is sturdy and well made, but it did not fit over my "original" home office file cabinets I bought from Ballard Designs 8 years ago. The newer "original" home office file cabinets must be slightly narrower. Luckily my husband is handy and shaved part of the wood off so they would fit. The color is slightly different also, but my cabinets may have faded. I love my home office file cabinets and their new work surface!
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Catalog photos don't do it justice! This product is well-built and attractive! The modular pieces give lots of options for room layout.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does not play well with others I have owned the five piece file cabinet and top for many years. I decided to split it up and add a corner unit and two tops, one to fit three cabinets and the other to fit two cabinets. The tops did not fit on my older file cabinets. The inside opening was about 1/2 inch too small to fit easily over the top. I decided rather than send the tops back to make the opening larger, it took a long time and used all my tool skills, which are not many!! Anyway, once everything fit I do love the corner unit and the over all quality of the furniture, just beware if you are trying to fit new with the old, they are like pig and elephant DNA - they just don't splice.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Functional Office Furniture I work from home full time so I wanted to treat myself to a real office with functional furniture that worked for my needs. The pieces are substantial and of good quality. I notice that my husband works from home more often as well!!
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Desk Top for file cabinets Fits perfectly and looks great. I would give it 5 stars except that barely a scrape and the stain comes off. I have touched it up and will put a coat or two of polyurethane on it.
Date published: 2022-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zinc top fail I made a corner desk with two file cabinets and a corner top. The tops for everything I chose the zinc tops. The ones I received to top the file cabinet were a slightly different shade of zinc than the corner top piece. Over the last few years the difference has gotten worse. The corner piece is still a very silver zinc look. The two zinc toppers that go over the file cabinet ends are almost a golden champagne hue. Really disappointing for the price I paid for everything. I really wish they would offer to replace the two toppers so my entire desk top was the same color.
Date published: 2021-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good construction. Poor finish. Construction is excellent, and the furniture seems like it will be very durable. However, the finish is just a sprayed on fake finish instead of real wood grain that I expected from real wood furniture. Apparently they skip a prep or primer step because the finish chips off rather easily, exposing a different color wood underneath.
Date published: 2020-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from For new base cabinets only I purchased this top as an addition to a system I bought 10 years ago. It does not fit. I returned the first, hoping it was a fluke but same issue. The depth or width is less than a 1/4 in smaller than it needs to be. Sooooo frustrating. There must have been a slight change in design dimensions. So do not purchase unless you are using it for brand new base cabinets.
Date published: 2021-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from We work from home a lot, so I bought this top to create a second desk for a 2-person office we'll have in our new house. We bought the first one about eight years ago. The wear and tear on the first has been minimal, so we felt good about making this purchase. The nice thing about this particular office furniture is how adaptable it is. We added a printer cabinet as well and are waiting for the 3-drawer hutch to arrive to give height and a place to put a small TV. That gives us room for all our supplies, files, equipment and workspace.
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Be careful Nice top but needed to be cut so would fit eith old base units. A carpenter job
Date published: 2019-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beware - new top doesn't fit over old cabinets! We purchased a number of pieces from this line several years ago, in large part because of the ease w/which we would be able to reconfigure them. Needing to do that now, we ordered this piece and were very disappointed to discover that it was a full inch shorter than our "old" 3-unit work surface, and wouldn't fit over the cabinets we already had. We had to buy a circular saw to chisel off enough to make it fit - a very unwelcome expense and effort. The same thing happened w/the 5-unit work surface we ordered at the same time. Ballard should make it clear that they've changed the dimensions of these pieces!
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't fit with older cabinets I had hoped the previous reviewers experience was the result of a manufacturing defect. Not so. We should have been warned about the changes in dimensions. I managed after an hour of chiseling and sanding to make it fit, but the top surface was scratched in the process. It also doesn't match the color of the older surfaces. It's significantly darker. If you have an older set of cabinets, DO NOT order this product.
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cracked finish top Finish quality is poor and there is a crack that has developed in the seam. Disappointed in the quality vs price
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Please listen to the negative reviews. I wished I had. The material used on this furniture is so cheap and sensitive that no matter how careful one is it still gets a scratch or nick. I've only had this furniture for 4 months and the desk tops already require replacement. Certainly not worth the $2,000 paid for the corner desk with cabinets. Would have expected way better quality from Ballard
Date published: 2020-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the price! We paid extra for the zinc top and are very disappointed. The finish is not durable at all. Not worth the price!
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So disappointed One of the main selling points of the Original Home Office products is that they are versatile and modular. I recently decided to size a three piece credenza down to a two piece and was going to order a new work surface to fit. Sadly they have changed all of the dimensions and the new work surface won't fit over my older cabinets, it's too small. I can't help but feel cheated, and like Ballard doesn't care about it's customers. They changed this product line midstream, making it impossible for old to fit with new, and yet still claim it's modular and offers design flexibility. Hmmm...
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Craftmanship I am extremely disappointed with my purchase of this modular home office set up. The quality of 'wood' used is very poor making it easy to ding at the slightest glance (I don't have children). The paint finish is cheap and hardly stands up to a coffee cup! I had returned two pieces because they came in damaged and that was not an easy task. I really regret my decision. This is NOT worth the money. Pictures included.
Date published: 2015-06-15
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