The bed took 11 days to arrive in the mail. I assembled the bed in 30min. by myself. Keep in mind this is not a platform bed, so it requires box springs. My mattress is 16" tall, and I did not want the additional 8" of box spring to boost the overall height. What did I do? I went to a local lumber store and purchased two 4x8 sheets of 1/2" OSB board. I had them cut out the pieces to fit the interal dimensions of the bed (about 78x80"), the cutting was free. Total I had $20 wrapped up in the platform. I had some extra screws, and secured the two sheets of OSB to the included rails with the bed. I've been sleeping on the setup for over a month now and I've had no problems The bed is very nice quality, and very sturdy, that's a huge plus. If you have any doubts about this bed, forget them!