The bed is quite sturdy and has a nice appearance. The particle board structure is solid however the venier isn't as nice a quality as other assemble-yourself furniture. There were two small scratches on both the headboard and foot board but this may have happened in shipping since one of the three boxes opened [well, self-destructed] during shipping. Although the assembly was lengthy the biggest trick is having an electric screwdriver and I fortunately have a ratchet set with a hex-screw attachment which saved a great deal of time. The bed itself was up in less than 2 hours....the drawers took about that same amount of time. You'll need more space to work than you think...i had to modify the assembly order to accomodate rescricted work area. All told, I'd buy it again.