It took quite a while, I'd say about a full day. We got all the cuts for the base out of a 4 x 8 sheet of particle board, it was about 8 dollars and a box of wood screws, about 3 dollars and we already had the carpet. We also had the 2 x 4's too,for the legs, it took 2 and a half of those. It was a 9 x 12 piece of carpet and we didnt have to buy that so it only cost us about 11.00. I figure no more than 50 if we had to buy the carpet though. The hardest part was putting the carpet on the boards for the frame. That was the most time consuming part.