The stand was delivered in sturdy packaging. It took about 3 hours for my fiance and me to assemble. The MDF material is strong, although if you look closely, there are some minor nicks here and there. The only thing we didn't like is that the backboards don't meet one another evenly, so you can see a slit between pieces with backlighting. The electric fireplace is mesmerizing and generates a good amount of heat. Overall, this is a solid piece of furniture to spruce up the living room area.
In the description it states that the material is "Made with solid Chinese oak and plywood", but when I look at the back of it, the main box appears to be MDF (which is cardboard). It does seem to be nicer and more solidly build that most.
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