This closet orgarnizer was made of real materials, not laminate pressboard. Looks great and works very well for our needs. You need to check the size of your closet before installing in older homes. Our closet is only six feet long so it worked but only in the smallest configuration. Since we were using the six foot installation we did need to use our table saw to cut down the shelves so you would need additional toosl and expertise to do this on your own. Took approximately 4 hours to install but looks great and we finally have an organized closet where we can locate everything!