I was recently in the market for a new couch, and wanted to be able to convert it into a bed for friend-crashing purposes. Also, I was not looking to take out a loan. This piece really fits the bill. It ships in two boxes, each containing one half of the sofa/futon.The two raw halves are covered in black felt-like material, which you will eventually cover with your chosen color. The two futon halves are held together at three points at which you screw on metal pieces. Performing this step, along with applying the futon's main legs, takes about 30 minutes and can be performed by one person with a little persistence. Next, you stretch the futon cover over the entire frame, which involves about 100 times the amount of velcro manipulation you'd expect to perform on any other average day. Patience with this part of the assembly process is critical to ensure that the final result looks good. I can also say, however, that you will not really want to remove the cover (particularly the side-lining), once you've managed to get it on and well-aligned with the frame. Someone would have to puke on it, maybe twice, to motivate me to take it off and wash it. In the end I'd probably try to order a new cover, if I was compelled to go through the trouble of taking it off in the first place.That aside, this futon looks very nice, sits 3-4 people very comfortably, and performs perfectly well as a spare bed when needed. For its price, I would be surprised if you could do any better. I would just say that if you're planning to drink red wine on this thing, buy the wine-colored version.