My dad put the twin together by himself with little problem. It's a nice, smooth, black metal that appears elegant, not cheap. The platforms are adequate for our twin memory foam mattress which is very light, not sure how it holds up with a heavy mattress or heavy people. Good value, good look. My only complaint is the slight squeak it developed early on. I suppose it's hard to avoid with a metal frame. Also, it's not the dark bronze color it may appear on your screen as it did on mine. Rather, it's black, which the description did not state when I bought it over a year ago- would have liked to know prior to purchase. I'm still happy with it and would buy it again.