Whenever I get a new product that needs to be assembled, I always look for the directions. I looked everywhere and didn't find any. I looked at the parts and saw that the assembly would not be a problem. Very simple to pop the rods into the slots. It was a tad bit harder to get the top bars into the black plastic clips. It took a little over 5 minutes to put it completely together. I like the chrome metal look of the drying rack. It gives it a sleek appearance. The width of the drying rack is helpful when drying men's shirts and wide towels. I have mainly used it for delicate garments. However, it feels strong enough to hold a wet pair of jeans or cotton towel. The drying rack has only been used a few times—I've had it a couple of weeks. I haven't experienced any problems breaking down the rack. It's extremely nice to not have to leave it fully extended. My concern is that the plastic pieces do not look as though they will last a long time, especially if you collapse and raise this rack very often. Other than that, I'm very pleased with this drying rack.