This bed came in two separate shipments, arriving on different days, which was a little frustrating because I was excited to put it together ASAP. When I did get both boxes opened, I was really impressed! The instructions were easy, the bed is extremely sturdy, I needed no special skills or extra tools. I put this together by myself in under an hour, and I tend to be pretty inept at furniture assembly. I was worried that the silver tone may look cheap in person, but it didn't. It's muted and stylish, and I would definitely buy again or recommend to friends.