We purchased this kitchen cart for the same reason as most folks - for more storage and counter space. In that end, it delivers. The assembly took about an hour, but was relatively straightforward. The biggest disappointment is the shelf setup; the pins they provide to hold up the shelf are rounded, and the notch is square, so putting anything off weight on the shelf has the whole thing come down. We plan to go to a hardware store to find more appropriate pins for the shelf design. But overall it's a great looking piece of furniture and once the shelf is stable, it holds all our tupperware and other food storage pieces with room to spare.