First off, let me say this is truly a lovely piece, and for the price, it cannot be beaten. I had been researching for months to find a balance of good price with great style and this fits the bill. It arrived well packaged (and very quickly, I believe it only took about 5 days to get here) and not a single piece was damaged or scratched (if you've purchased this type of furniture online before, you know how shocking that is!!). The instructions, as per usual with these things, did not list any written instructions, only pictures. This became a problem when we couldn't figure out which way certain pieces should be facing, if that makes sense. Basically we fitted the first section together, screwed it down, everything fit.. and then when we went to put it together with the next section, discovered that we had some pieces on backwards as they did not line up with this next section. *sigh* This happened with at least one other piece/section that I can recall. My husband has put together every piece of furniture in this house and has never had any issues like this before so it was quite frustrating. Additionally, the hardware is not labeled, so I recommend going through and labeling the bags yourself so you can keep it organized. Even doing that, I had mixed up the labeling on 2 of the sets of screws, so again, my husband had to go back and pull them out. Oops. All in all, very frustrating project (my husband actually told me I'm not allowed to buy anything else that needs assembly for a while lol) but it does look great in our dining room.