I purchased the Sonoma Secretary Desk because I liked the style and look of it. I was a little apprehensive due to some of the reviews that were on the website because of the level of difficulty to assemble. I decided to order the desk anyway. I received the desk within 1 week and I assembled this desk in under 2.5 hours. It really was not that bad to put together at all! I purchased the black desk; it looks great and I'm very happy that I purchased it!!