One might wonder why a woman who spends weeks shopping at every furniture store in two counties for the perfect couch and finally has to special order it custom-built, would settle for assemble-yourself furniture in the same room. I guess partly to save a little money and partly because this was a very pretty bookcase for furniture you assemble yourself. Took me two hours on a Sunday afternoon. Finished height is 48", I think. I don't want any furniture taller than me in this room. Here are the start and finish photos.