Assembly was easy and took me about an hour by myself. I was a little disappointed about the amount of pressboard / engineered wood versus real wood that was used in the construction. But, this is the case with most furnitures these days. Several pieces of the pressboard / engineered wood was damaged during shipment, but luckily most damaged areas are at places that can't be seen. The headboard and footboard paneling should be a little thicker. It also would be useful if a wood-stain paint marker be included with the purchase of this bed (or any wooden furnitures like it was done in the old days), since the side wood boards lost some stain as I pushed the mattress in place. All in all, it is a nice bed, and I like the drawers. Would I have spend $1k if I would had seen the construction of the bed, or how easily the stain is coming off the "wood" in an actual store? Maybe not. I am also a little concerned about how well the stain of the headboard will hold up due to normal contact over time with the pillow, hands, arms, rings, or head rubbing against it? Only time will tell.