I am 5' 3.75 inches tall, and this is the right height for me.I had some trouble putting the bottom shelf in one of the higher levels because it seemed like the holes were too small or partially painted-over. The screws were huge, holes seemed small. It's also just heavy. I ended up putting it on the lowest level. Everything else was easy. Set it up in the middle of a big room with someone who can lift things.The color is a true grey, not silver or shiny, even an institutional or what I'd call old computer grey, which I don't mind. The picture I'm seeing for this product has black pieces on the bottom, but mine has beige and both shelves are beveled and rounded.I've had this for months now with a big heavy computer on the bottom shelf. I got the MS80B monitor stand from 3M to go on top, to raise up my screen. It's simple but I like how it looks.