My daughter and her boyfriend who are 18 years old put this together easily. They said it was no problem and did it quite quickly. They don't normally put furniture together so I'm assuming the directions were good. Except for the drawer pulls that they put in upside down (and I left them like that because it looks kinda cool). My ex-husband came over and was WOWed by it. So sturdy and nice looking, he said. He was sure I had laid down some big money. This is a guy who got all his furniture at Ethan Allen. Nice desk. Wish there were a companion printer stand.