It took my friend and I over 2 hours to assemble this thing. I'll admit, I wasn't the most helpful (counting the parts and organizing the nails is pretty helpful in my opinion :p), but my friend, a male with engineering experience, was even having issues. The instructions were a little confusing, and there were a lot of typos which made things difficult. When we finally--I should say HE--got started assembling the bed, we noticed the edges on the corners did not line up properly, so we had to go back, loosen the screws we had just finished putting in, realign them, and then tighten the screws again. Very time consuming, and a pain in the ass. However, once it was all put together, it looked great and it does the job. What more can you expect from a bed?