This shelf is just what I needed to display some collectables that were handed down to me by my mother. I was a little intimidated when I first opened the box because it does require assembly, and there were quite a few pieces to put together. However, once I actually looked at the directions, it took me less than 5 minutes to assemble it. It seems sturdy, and is just the right size so it can go almost anywhere. The finish was also nicely done. I'm thinking about getting a second one for additional items.