We purchased two nightstands because the small size was just exactly the dimensions we needed. They come assembled but the hardware is screwed inside the drawers to protect during shipping. Be prepared to really muscle the screws--they are really tight! Also, the holes are drilled wrong (too big) - and you will need washers--which aren't included--to make the hardware fit snug and tight. The color has an ever-so-slight reddish tint, but is mostly a dark brown. One of our nightstands arrived with minor damage to the corner but Overstock gave us a discount on the purchase price. Very outstanding customer service! Best online price too!