You must work for it, but it turns out beautifully! The sides and top are all nice and heavy hardwood. It does not feel cheap at all. It took me 3 hours to put the chest together by myself. With help it would've taken half that amount of time. I found the assembly directions easy to follow.
For this price, this item was not worth purchasing. It has lots of pieces and very difficult to put together. My husband is very good at putting items together but he couldn't do it so we had a friend to help us and I'm still waiting for the chest.
it is beautiful and it is nicely designed to look at however the parts that came with it the screws dont last long. after opening and closing the drawers for a few months the drawers stopped closing. i had to spend a few hours taking it apart and putting in the spare screws (the screws in place either broke when trying to them them out or broke in the place - they are cheap screws) this time using very good wood glue to help keep them in place and not move around in the wood. had my dad the expert help with what to do in this case. it is a shame very nice but thailand parts not what i expected for the price i had to pay but glad it was real wood and beautiful. just wish the parts were better screws.