this cart is more like furniture than the usual put-together pieces. the directions were pretty much just pictures, and it was not too bad to figure out how to put it together. two of us had it done in about a half-hour. we put a small freezer on top of it, so you know by that that the cabinet is sturdy. it looks very nice. the cabinet part has an adjustable shelf and would hold pans, bottles, small appliances and/or cookbooks quite nicely. there's a small drawer that is perfect for kitchen utensils, accessories or linens, and a little towel rack on the side. good finishing touches and values that you don't see on lesser quality cart/cabinets.