Having bought the larger version first I expected this one to be as easy to assemble. But, this was a build it completely version. Not as hard as it sounds because of it's smaller size though. After completing the first one, this one was no problem to assemble at all....(after the surprise of not just opening the box and adding the shelf and top as in the larger unit that is.) Again the unit is sturdy, and heavy and looks so rich. The color on line said "cherry" and if you read the "more information" it says color-red and that concerned me in ordering but it ended up darker brown and would fit in just about any where with different woods. The thing that is so nice about these fireplaces is the height for viewing the TVs. Not so low that you are looking down to view, just a nice height from a recliner, sofa,l or bed. The shelf for the equipment is very roomy and can hold the older DVD player-recorders along with any other boxes or equipment you might have. Even this smaller 31" unit holds 3 pieces high. If you are thinking about purchasing a Whalen media fireplace and it is at a good price you can't go wrong. Just remember "some assembly required" but so very worth it!