Although the directions had only pictures and no written instruction, I paid strict attention and was able to assemble this tower and matching medicine chest in one evening. Every part was labeled. I was impressed with the lock-nut and glued peg combination to add stability. One review I read before ordering warned that holes might not align. Not so--anyone who assembles anything knows you don't fully tighten screws until last. Then all parts fully align. A manual screwdriver and occasional tap with rubber hammer were the only tools needed. On the downside, I did find it a bit pricy for its size, and you must avoid overtightening the hinge screws--the wood will crack. This might be avoided if you predrill the holes slightly deeper.--Overall, it's a very attractive, heavy and sturdy unit, and assembles well.