Ok, yes, it took a long time to put together. I did it by myself with frequent interruptions from my daughter and it took me 5 hours. Having said that, I did not find it difficult to put together provided you are CAREFUL about assembling the headboard, everything else is easy. All pieces are solid wood, even the slats the mattress sits on are stained and all pieces fit together seamlessly. The bed looks and feels high quality and now I'm trying to talk my husband into letting me get the matching dressers. Shipping was quick and the pieces were well packed with no damage. Put this together right where you want it, it is heavy!