I purchased this desk to create a corner office space in a space-challenged condo living room. It's perfect for that. It's more generous on top than it looks - I can easily fit my laptop in the center and notebooks to the side. I put the desk together myself (slowly) so it did take a couple hours, but all of the pieces were accounted for and easy to pick out for the directions. All of the bolts wouldn't go in fully by hand, and I wish there were more bolts to support the shelves. However, I have it packed with instructor textbooks, binders, and school supplies and there hasn't been a problem. Upon receiving the desk, there was easily visible damage to the corner of the drawer and one of the legs, but I actually covered it up with black Sharpie instead of dealing with a return. You have to know it's there to even notice it.