I wanted something compact yet sturdy for the work area in my room. It's true about not being able to access the drawer with the desk open, but the space the desk saves allows me a two drawer file cabinet and a floor lamp all next to each other, so no complaints here! Instructions are pictures and easy to follow. I assembled the desk in about 20 minutes or less. The desk is packed well and had no nicks or dings. Be careful when you open the box as the legs and hardware are stored inside the closed desk. Also it's a bit heavier than you may think. I use a laptop as it's designed for; therefore, I have not needed to use the wall anchors the desk comes with for awkward front loading to avoid tipping. Great Design! Worth the price!