This is a solid piece, mind you it is not very thick wood. We had no trouble with the assembly, but were slow and patient. It is elegant and simple. Fits in well in our living room. I wish there were coordinating pieces, such as coffee/cocktail tables to match. It is a dark wood, and appears much darker in our space due to track lighting. Overall, I'd say this was a good purchase. It arrived intact, packaged very well. I think the quality is fine for the price. You aren't going to get a solid cherry or oak--made in the USA piece for under 300.00. This piece is a product of China.