The bamboo stand is beautiful We had never stained wood before and was unprepared and made some errors and wished we had gotten instructions off internet, but in end came out find. As everyone has written was easy to assemble. However, we needed to refer to picture on line because 2D instructions just did not give us visual we needed. Takes up a large space so be prepared for that. We are glad we took time and spent the money to purchase this hammock. It is beautiful relaxing addition to our backyard and we love it! For a small added cost we bought the cover to protect the hammock when not in use - we are glad we did that so we can keep the hammock looking its best! Absolutely no regrets!