Assembly wise, it wasn't that difficult (about 75 min.) It helps if you have two people, but can be done by yourself. It is a great looker and if you have the space, this unit will definitely enhance the appearance of your space. Only drawback I see so far is that I notice just recently a dent in the metal (headboard) section which I think my girlfriend did accidently with her ring. Overall it seems fairly durable but may or may not dent easily.