This bookshelf is solid wood and surprisingly handsome for flat-packed furniture. Assembly is straightforward, but can be tricky if you don't screw in the cam-lock pins perfectly straight. I recommend reading the instructions and using your judgment as to a better order of operations, as well as assembling the unit flat on the floor rather than upright, as shown. As in most DIY furniture, the back panels are thin and optional. The molding on the top piece of my bookcase had broken off in shipping, and Overstock customer service offered to send an entire replacement unit so that I could pick out the piece I needed and send the rest back. I opted to fix the part myself.