This bed is beautiful and easy to assemble - the directions were easy for my husband to follow. The frame is very sturdy. The only reason I gave four stars (vs five) is because of the extra space between the headboard and mattress (and footboard and mattress). I've not had a headboad/footboard before - but I think this much space (a few inches) is uncommon. However, the bed looks gorgeous, so I can overlook this "flaw".