Great in every way. Ordered on a Tuesday and slept on it Thursday night, no kidding! It's hard to tell the color from the photos on-line. It's called slate as marked on the packaging and it is a dark gray/brown color, not black as I had expected, but still nice! The quality is tops--this is a solid and supportive piece of furniture that will have you hybernating. (Keep a phone by the bed so you don't have to get up to call in late to work when you oversleep. Seriously.) Assembly was not difficult--took me between one and two hours alone, but a partner will come in handy during assembly of the side rails (attaching them to the headboard and footboard). Lots of screws to turn but no rocket science involved. A great buy--we could not be happier!