Needed a pantry space, limited by size that the kitchen layout dictated. Searched and debated over many styles and websites over long period. I really did not want to spend too much, found one similar in size at half the price, but was made of particle board. The size and materials was what made my final decision. My boyfriend and I put it together in no time, the glue that was included had to be tossed out (glue was in solid form), fortunately my boyfriend does woodwork and had 'wood glue'. Pretty solid piece, only have had it a month, so can not truly judge durability. Has a weathered/antique look, probably could use another shelf for that height of unit (but also depends on the user's needs). I give it a definite thumb's up, good solid piece of furniture that should withstand it's everyday use.