This stand is very easy to put together. The directions are only pictures with no close-ups of any. A few suggestions: 1) there are plastic washers with a lip for the round post pieces. Be sure to install the post inside the lip of the washer, 2) be sure to install the shelves right side (shiny side) up. But no tools are needed to build it, except for the panel that hides the cables. An hex wrench is included for installing it.
The only problem is that the screw holes for the metal piece that hides the cords (the wide piece with the holes in the picture) do not line up. Only 2 screws of the four can be installed. This is not a huge issue as it is only cosmetic. This is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.