I was a little concerned when I first purchased this product as to how sturdy it would be to showcase some of my heavier items. I was pleasantly surprised! The instructions are clear, but you do have to read them carefully in order to assemble the shelves to align properly with the screw holes. There are lots of screws in this piece! But that lends to how sturdy this piece really is! It assembled in about an hour even with all the screws that had to be secured. It is lovely and exceeds my expectation. I think I will be enjoying this piece for years to come.