I have purchased dozens of furniture pieces over the years that require assembly and consider myself fairly handy. These nightstands were definitely not as easy to put together as I expected. I bought two and the first one took almost 3 hours! Getting the top to lock in place was the trickiest part of the process. Once I figured it out, the second nightstand was assembled in less than an hour. They look amazing in my guest room so it was worth the aggravation. The tables are sturdy and the drawers glide smoothly. I plan to order the matching console with glass top.