Totally love this piece of furniture. I read reviews elsewhere that putting it together was a pain because of all the many parts, so I searched online and hired an assembly contractor. So, I can't really speak to how easy or how difficult it is (was) to assemble. Packaging is incredibly heavy. 2 boxes and needs at least 2 strong & fit peopole to lift and move. Looks awesome put together. Holds 24 bottles of wine, each wine cubby holds 2 bottles (careful because bottom of bottles butt up against each other in cubby, & if not really paying attention can accidentally push a bottle out). Nice size drawers. Lots of extra storage and counter top space. Wish there was another side table to extend + 2 more chairs. :-) We use it all the time, kids love eating meals here and doing homework. +, we get tons of compliments.
Super fast shipping. Everything arrived very well packaged, all parts labeled and good directions. It would help to have two people assemble because it is fairly heavy, but I did it by myself okay. The only negative was that the stools didn't appear to have holes deep enough for the wood screws to go in completely, so that required some drilling, but was not a big deal. Looks great in our dining room and the pullout workspace is just right.