I saw this couch on Overstock.com and read the reviews so decided to take a chance on purchasing furniture on line. I have never done that before, and I was very pleased. The couch came a full week before I thought it would, it was packaged fairly well. I was able to take the pieces out of their boxes (I think there were 3) and put it together myself with some simple household tools (I am a 55 year old woman) The directions are not the best, but it is so simple to put together I didn't have a problem. The quality of construction is good, I have seen so much worse. The color is very dark, almost black as previous reviewers stated, but for us that was perfect. The couch is very tight and stiff which is what I wanted as any soft furniture hurts my back, it also sits high which is perfect for ease of getting up. We have a small living room and this couch fits perfectly in our space, couldn't be happier!