I was a bit aprehensive when I purchased this piece and the matching nightstand. Neither had good reviews when I bought them but I took a chance. I am so glad that I did. I wanted a very rich dark wood to furnish my guest room. I didn't want a huge set since it would only be used when I had guests. This set was perfect. A few have complained about the assembly. I will say this... it seems that the sturdier the furniture, the harder it is to put together. If you want everything tight and sturdy then you shouldn't look for an easy assembly. Tight screws are good! Yes, you will need a good power drill, and I do recommend having 2 people to do the assembly. The instructions are good. If you take your time and really look at the pictures to figure out your next step, you should do okay. If you have these tools and 2 people, it should take about 2 hours. Feel free to use a hammer if a screw won't start. It really helps. As for the size, before you buy this piece, measure out where you want to put this and how much room you want it to take. Then compare it to the size of this item. If you are planning to use this yourself as a dresser, chances are, this piece is going to be smaller than you want. In my case, it was perfect b/c I wanted to keep the room uncluttered but still furnished. I didn't want huge furniture. I would say, this is more like a short chest of drawers than a dresser. And yes, it's true the drawers are not very deep. Currently, I am still looking for a mirror to put up that matches this piece to complete the look. The bottom line is, I searched and searched for this look in the stores and just couldn't find anything unless it was veneer (and it costed just as much!). This is real wood (drawers and backs are dense partical board I think) and so I dont have to worry about the tiniest little thing ruining the finish, or peeling veneer. I have yet to be unhappy with anything that I have gotten from Overstock. The shipping is fast, everything is packaged well, couldn't ask for more. Thanks again Overstock!