We bought this for our guest room and assembled it just days before we had some visitors. The only difficulty in assembly was in the final stages, of attaching the bars which run under the mattress/box spring for support. It's just difficult to be bent over and holding the bolt w/the included wrench while tightening the screw. Also, it would have been easier for me to assemble the head & footboards if I'd had another adult in the room, but I managed just fine. In the meantime, our kids have tested out the bed and our guests used it and everyone likes it very much. Very solid and nice looking, and now we don't bang our knees on the bed in the guest room. UPS delivered this bed just days after I'd ordered. Two boxes, a little heavy, but not too bad. Packaging was great, and there were absolutely no marks, dings, or scratches on the finish.