I ordered this desk several months ago for my home office/sitting room., but just got around to putting it together. Like many of the previous reviews, I agree that the desk is a challenge to put together. It took my son's and I 2.5 hours to put it together. There are a were about two steps that were not clear and it is really important to check to make sure you have all the pieces facing in the right direction. Once we got past the challenges, the assembly process moved fairly quick. I agree that the drop down is large and I don't feel comfortable applying any pressure. Like one other post, I am going to look at attaching piano hinges. I was not able to use the selves as my monitor sits too high, but I really appreciate having everything stored neatly away. This is a heavy piece of furniture and an excellent value. I would have rated it five starts, except the directions are challenging and the assembly is so time consuming.