I'm always skeptical when I have to assemble a product because I've had some not-so-successful experiences - flimsy materials, faulty instructions, etc. I have no such complaints with this product. This bench is very easy to assemble and it seems extremely sturdy. I almost didn't need the instructions to assemble it. The style goes well with the style of my home. I think it will look even better when it gets a little weathered looking (it's somewhat shiny).
We purchased this bench to put in the front of our home so we can comfortably watch our grandchildren while they ride their bikes and play outside. We don't have to put it away when we go inside and it is a stylish addition to our front yard. There's always a place to sit when we are outside. We love it.