Reading the reviews I thought I was in for a heck of a time. I even waited for a week to try to assemble. When I opened it up I thought oh no way but I took my time and really studied the pictures and it only took about an hour to do. It is super sturdy and looks great. Super happy with it.
The product is sturdy and great overall BUT expect the assembly to be a chore. The pieces were not numbered on them but the instructions had them numbers. Expect to have to redo things. Take notice especially of the two sets of legs that are hinged. The shorter legs need the two wider cross prices. The cross pieces need to be on the inside. Others than this I’m very satisfied. Certain pieces may need two people.
This excellent easel is great for anything from horizontal to vertical. The assembly instructions are all there, study the stage by stage illustrations closely, count the holes etc and it all makes sense. I agree that the actual parts could have been numbered as per assembly instructions.