I have been looking around for just the right mirror that stands alone. (So tired of putting screws into the walls for other mirrors that are stationary). This mirror is very plain and goes very well with my contemporay bedroom furniture. Most of these mirros are too "country" looking. and ugly for me. But each to their own taste! The man of the house put it together, and yes, it is very diffiult to understand the directions, even to someone who is great at putting items together. Although it is just veneer over wood, and the mirror is not beveled (or no edging) just on a board, It is still a very good product and good quality for the price. VERY STURDY! . My cats love to play around it ( and no chance of it tipping over). I LOVE IT!