I bought this for my daughter who was moving into an unfurnished apartement for college. [...] I assembled this desk by myself in 3.5 hours. Lots of parts but everything was depicted well - only pictures, no words, so if you have an issue with that, beware. Only areas I found a bit difficult were determining exactly which holes to place screws into for the drawer rails. Other than that the desk was fairly straight forward to put together and ended up being quite sturdy. As space was a key concern for my application, this desk fit the bill very well. I would consider myself quite handy, so plan on spending close to 4 hours if you want to take this on.The desk is also much darker than the photos depict - virtually black, so you need to consider that as well.