Happily surprised by sturdiness. Was looking for a desk to place in a nook in my kitchen. Didn't want to invest in something expensive but needed a "desk" which is very durable to fit my familiy's life style. I have 8 year old twins and have finally learned good construction is necessary to stand the test of time in my household. The potting bench arrived in a slender but large box. One end was torn open. This likely was the culprit in explaining the missing foot cap. I e-mailed the company and right away they contacted the manufacturer who sent out a replacement cap which I rec'd within a few days. The potting bench had a couple of dinged places on it which was a bit disappointing. However, after thinking about it for a moment, I realized within a short period of time it would likely have a "distressed" look after normal usage at my house. The assembly I did solo within an hour. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. The potting bench is very sturdy and solid and serves as an excellent desk for me. The bonus is whenever I am ready to retire it as a desk it will be used for its intended purpose or as a work bench or craft table. Good product in my opinion.