A friend did the actual work putting it together, but all needed hardware was there and it took just an hour. Instructions were clear and concise. It looks great and takes up less space than a standard full bed. It's very sturdy and there is enough room beneath this low-profile bed for "under-bed" type storage containers (I have shoes under mine!). I am satisfied, even though there are a couple scratches in the finish of the headboard; they are on the side which is facing the wall, so no problem. I painted over them with clear lacquer to prevent rusting.