I was worried at first that this bed would not be stable but I couldn't shake it when I tried. The color is a very nice dark matte black which contrasted nicely with my light furniture that I put dark knobs on. Assembly took about an hour and two people are necessary. It is an ENTIRE bed so if you have a bed frame currently you can sell it or store it for the future. I have a pretty deep mattress and it hits the bottom of the bed perfectly so you don't feel like you are in a crib. I am a very satisfied customer and oh it was delivered to my door in 2 days!