When I took it out of the box I was concerned that it was much smaller than I had expected after reading reviews that called it "huge". But it looked a lot bigger once it was put together. It looks more like a piece of furniture than a toy box, which is good if that's what you're looking for. It took about 45 minutes to put together by myself, and the directions are very basic, picture only, but they help you get it done. The finish overall is nice, but there were a couple of little places where it was scratched on the corner and not applied in a couple of joints. The lid does not completely close, as if the safety hinge is slightly too tight, but I'm hoping that will work itself out after it's in use. Over all I am satisfied and would recommend this product, it would be great storage for someone without kids as well.