This bench came pre-assembled. The shipping box had significant damage but no harm was done to the bench itself. It is quite strong with the wood seating area and iron legs. There is room underneath for shoes. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the wood seating area was grayer than displayed in the picture and not really matching the basket color. I didn't mind as the top is reminiscent of old barn wood or antiqued wood. It also didn't come with a cushion but a throw pillow or 2 will accent it nicely. It is a smaller bench but it was perfect for near the coat closet where we can put on/ take off shoes and store our hats, gloves and scarves with room to spare. The baskets are bigger than I expected. It can seat 1 to 2.