First, this bed was incredibly easy to assemble. It comes in two boxes and the instructrions (I thought) were straight forward and easy to follow. I would suggest having at least two people. Putting any bed together by yourself is a hassle. It looks a lot darker in the picture, it's more of a lighter metallic charcoal grey. I think the construction is pretty sturdy. That being said, I can easily see it being flimsy if you don't follow the directions exactly and neglect to put the bolts in the right order or misposition one of the bottom pieces. I purchased this with the queen sized memory foam pillow top mattress and one of the only complaints I have is that with a pillow top mattress the footboard ends just below the mattress, meaning that things are going to fall off very easily. Not a big deal, but the picture certainly makes it look a bit higher. Also my headboard came with a deep scratch or two in it. I'm sure I could return it if need be, but I didn't care enough too. Just something to look out for if you're a bit more sensitive about appearance.