I have plenty of experience assembling furniture. However, this item was more than a challenge. The predrilled holes were not deep enough for the wooden pegs so I had to get out the hack saw and take about a quarter of an inch off of all the wooden pegs. The position of the bolts on the head board make them extremely hard to tighten properly and getting the entire bed aligned properly to attach the slats was another pain staking challenge. It took me at least 6 hours to assemble this bed. I would not recomend this bed to anyone due to the assembly process. I must admit, now that the bed is assembled, it is a very nice addition to my room. It is beautiful and durable. If you do order this bed, set asside plenty of time and get ready to be extremely frustrated for the assembly process.