I had a wooden coat rack/hall tree before. It ended up breaking into many pieces. It was awful. I got this metal one because I didn't want another one to fall apart. It's great!! It was very easy to assemble. It only took a couple of minutes. It is SUPER sturdy. I have a lot of coats hanging on it. It hasn't tipped once. It hasn't broken. I'm VERY satisfied with this purchase. This is a great product, especially with the low price!