I got this to replace a tall lingerie chest that I has been using in my kitchen as a phone stand, and for extra storage. This works absolutely perfect!! It is the perfect height to put a phone and a decorative vase on, and the basketss are wonderful for providing extra storage for kitchen towels, cook books, mail, votive candles (I buy them in bulk, and storing them in the wicker basket allows the smell to come through). I didn't find this piece to be difficult to assemble, but I was using my drill in place of a manual screw driver. My hands still got tired, but it wasn't difficult and everything went together easily. The wicker is a very pretty darker almost reddish-brown shade, which goes very well with the Maple finish on my kitchen counters. The top is very sturdy, and the metal pieces appear to be welded well so they wont come apart with normal use. I bought several other metal and wicker pieces at the same time, and all were wonderful, and look very nice with just about any decor.