This thing is gorgeous but it took me a good 5-6 hours to put together. I had to clear out my living/dining area (I'm in a condo) to have enough room to spread out all the pieces. LOOK AT THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY, particularly the drawings of how to put the drawer things with the wheels on. You don't want to put them upside down. Id' also recommend using a small power drill for all those screws so your biceps and hands don't lock up from all the screwing. It says it's best to have two people and I'd recommend it though I did it myself. Now that it's together, I feel a great sense of satisfaction, but I think I may buy my next dresser assembled! It also has more particulate than I expected but that's fine because the three boxes all weighed more than 50 pounds anyway. All in all, I pray I love it and it holds up well because I don't want to do this again. It really is pretty, though my wood between the big drawers is lighter than the rest.