I have to be honest. I tried for an hour to put this lamp together and failed miserably. But, my 12 year old daughter came in and saw the mess I had made and she took over. She had it done in under 5 minutes and couldn't understand why it was hard for me . So, I think it just depends on how you feel about instructions that only have pictures.
It's really a beautiful lamp. It's the perfect size for the corner of a room and the 3 light bulbs that come with it put off enough light to fill a large living room. The light is more white than yellow, which we prefer, and it's really sturdy (now that its put together correctly.) I'm very happy that I bought this.