We were looking for a storage bed, and this bed filled the bill. A very heavy construction quality wood piece of furniture. The bed took us about 3 and a half hours to put together. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I have put together probably 100 pieces of knock down furniture and this was by far the easist set of instructions to follow. I would recommend using a hand held screw driver, and not a cordless drill, anytime you use a drill you have the chance to strip screws and damage surfaces if you are not cautious. Assembly will require two people at certain times, and it will certainly help speed things up during the whole process. You do not need box springs for this bed, we are using the mattress only as there are slats that take the place of the box springs. The drawers are not terribly big, but are perfect for extra shoes, or clothes. They are not made for books or heavy items. The color is very dark, and in certain light could be seen as black. We also purchased the matching head board and I would recommend getting it with this bed. Overall I was surprised with the quality of this bed, and I would buy another one if we needed another bed.