The bed came in three extremely well packed boxes. It's hard to see how they could ever be damaged. The assembly was easy and took about 2 hours. I took the advice of a reviewer who suggested that the box containing the slats be placed at the end of the bed so that one slat can be pulled out at a time. The only difficulty was attaching the two leg supports. They kept slipping out of the holes. The problem can be solved by wrapping paper around the protruding parts before sticking them in the hole. It's a well made, beautiful looking bed.