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Napa Canopy Bed
 from Austin, TX,  Aug 4, 2012

I have been eyeing this bed on Overstock for almost a year. With the kids out of the house, I had fantasies of a gorgeous guest room free from clutter and inviting to relatives and visitors. This bed fit the bill. I love the price and saved up and did worry as it was sometimes not available anymore throughout the past year. I am so glad it is back it stock. It is also so helpful to have the other customer reviews and was able to follow helpful advice throughout the assembly process. While it is still fresh in my mind, I wanted to add in things I learned while assembling. First, I pretty much assembled it solo. My husband is not a handy man and hates these types of things. He helped hold things once or twice, but for the most part I was able to do it alone. It took most of an afternoon. I started using the superglue as per the directions, but then read a review that it wasn't necessary. I'm glad I didn't, because I did have to redo a few things and it would have made it harder to remove the dowels if I had glued them in. The rubber mallet was helpful to get the dowel in, but even with it, they didn't always go in enough and I had to saw a little bit off- otherwise they created a gap and the pieces weren't going together as flush as they should have. The pictures on the directions were helpful. Follow them, but also pay attention to the number of dowels shown. On the headboard assembly, each piece only needs two dowels whereas the footboard assembly uses three. The other holes are for the screws. As other reviewers have said, the hex wrench was a bit hard for so many screws, but effective. In my case, I had to undo several and redo them to fix mistakes I made. One thing that I wasn't clear on was the direction of the headboard. The top sticker does go on the top, but it is the back of the bed, not the front. I put the whole bed together with the sticker and screw holes facing front. Realizing that I made a mistake, I pretty much had to undo the whole bed to correct my error. Those of you who are more handy may laugh at my stupidity,but those of you who are not frequent DIYers, I thought I should pass on the advice. The bed is beautiful when all assembled. I have not gotten the mattress for it yet, but based on how low the base of the bed is, it will need a box spring I think. Also the slats across the bottom of the bed seem kind of flimsy. I think I am going to get a few more and put the block legs on all of the slats. It only gives you 4 blocks to hold up the two middle slats, but I think it will be more sturdy to hold up a box spring and memory foam mattress with legs on all the slats. Hope this helps some of you!

  • How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect color match, exactly what I expected!
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Very Solid, high quality
  • How accurate was the on site description of the product? The on site description was pretty accurate. It was a little unclear on the need for a foundation or box spring, but after assembling the bed, it does need a box spring in my opinion.
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