My fiance spent a long time trying to pick out a bed for our guest bedroom, and this one had the looks, fit our price range, and had good reviews. The bed is made of hardwood, and you can tell if you try to heft the three boxes that it comes in by yourself. The actual bed matches the picture well and looks very good when fully assembled. One thing that we didn't realize was how low the bed sits. This is not a problem, but from the picture I did not realize that the bed was going to sit so low (rail bed approx. 10 in. off the ground). I was concerned about people hitting their legs on the running board around the bed, but that has not been an issue. I would suggest getting a low profile box spring for this bed, as we found it looks much better than a standard box spring. As other reviewers have noted, assembly was a tad difficult. I have two suggestions to make this easier for future buyers. First, have two people to work on the assembly. I did it by myself and the headboard fell on me when I was trying to connect the side rails. Second, the allen wrench included in the packaging has a ball joint on one end gives you torque on the screws at an angle, so don't waste time trying to squeeze a smaller wrench into the space provided when assembling the headboard. All in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase, and guests have really enjoyed it.