We needed a side table to put our air purifier on, and had been kind of looking for several months and not finding anything quite right. I stumbled on this one just while browsing the internet and I knew right away this was the one. It arrived this week and we (including our herd of cats) could not be happier.
My husband assembled it, but I asked him if it was easy and he said it was and that I would've been able to do it no problem. He also commented that he thinks it's sturdy enough to stand on (although I definitely won't be testing that, LOL).
The table is attractive laminate, with sisal cat scratcher pads on one side of the bottom and each side. It can be assembled with all of the sisal facing out, all of it facing in, or in whatever combination you like. In our case, we needed one side sisal-out (hoping to distract the cats from the side of our sofa which is nearby), one side sisal-in, and the bottom sisal-in. This flexibility of assembly is great. It can also be oriented so that the sides become the top and bottom, if you wish, resulting in a slightly lower, longer table (like as a small coffee table).
Just FYI, the laminate on the driftwood colored one is not quite as blonde as some of the manufacturer pics look. I would say the name "driftwood" is very accurate...it's light colored with a touch of grey tones. The color name and my pic are more accurate color-wise than the manufacturer pic with the orange cat.
I would highly recommend this side table if you have cats and want an attractive, functional table.