This cabinet is of very good quality and although some of the reviews stated it would be hard to put together my son said the directions were clear and he had it done in about 2 hours. The wood is a very dard brown and what I liked about the cabinet was its height. I have it on a very tall wall in my den and it's just perfect. The shelves are glass and the glass is not at all flimsy. I have a set of Derby glasses on one of them and it doesn't shake when you walk by it. I am very pleased with this purchase and am thinking of buying the matching buffet.