I have been putting putting pieces of wood on my carpet near my fireplace for years. The mess that was always left behind was horrible. I was so excited to see this on sale. I thought about it for a day or so and took the plunge. The anticipation was rediculous.... my children would ask me about it EVERYDAY. Well, I got my email saying it was ready for pick-up and out the door I went. My 11 year old son actually called me while I was at the grocery store and made sure to remind me to pick it up. I was surprised at how small the box was, it was light and easy to handle. My youngest son saw that it needed some assembly and asked if he could do it for me. I told him yes (completely expecting to have to help), maybe 30 minutes later he brought it to me beautifully put together. Looks GREAT.