It ships with no directions but when I unpacked everything it was pretty easy to figure out how it goes together. Unfortunately it assembles onto the wall which is extremely awkward if you have no help. In other words, the minute it's not on the wall it falls apart if that makes any sense. Additionally, the vertical space between the bars is not enough for them to avoid hitting each other, and once you have blankets or pads on it, I'm using it for western saddle pads, the spread between the arms is awkwardly wide. In short, it looks terrible and will be coming off the wall as soon as I figure out what to replace it with. I only wish that I hadn't spray-painted it black, as now I cannot return it. I was trying to save $10 but not purchasing the black one but now I realize I should have sprung for the extra $10, that way I could return it. How could I have known.