Well, I was really anxious to purchase a new bed for college- for my new apartment. I wanted a sophisticated look for my room- not TOO modern, not too boxy. I searched around for beds, and then I saw this one- I immediately fell in love with it. I convinced my mother to buy it for me. Shipping was excellent, I received it promptly and with all the shipping information- can't complain about that. I left it in the box as I was going to be moving 500 miles away from home. My parents helped me move into my new apartment, and my dad and I assembled the bed together. Now THAT was a rather long process, and it wasn't even because we didn't read the instructions thoroughly- but because some of the pieces - the headboard for example, have an almost identical front and back! Eugh, it took us roughly about 2 to 3 hours to complete- no JOKE, the headboard was placed improperly so my dad had to detach the sides which were GLUED together...and other mishaps that occurred that delayed the assembling process. Other than that- the bed is absolutely beautiful, everyone who comes in my room notes the size- it's very big, and the beautiful headboard. Ah, I love the finish. If you're looking for something refined, without having to spend that much money- this bed is it. The color goes well with just about any decor. My room is full of natural colors, taupe- beige, rustic reds, and the bed compliments them ALL. I'm very glad with my purchase!