This bed wasn't too hard to put together. My brother and I did it in about an hour and a half. The most annoying part was I felt like some of the screws were a little bit short, but we made it work. The bed is extremely sturdy and it doesn't squeak or rock when you sit on it. I imagine I will have to make sure I tighten everything every once in awhile, but it's not really a problem. The base is very stable and there are 3 horizontal bars that support the base of the bed. I use a box spring and mattress and my bed isn't any higher than it was on the old metal base I had before. I purchased some sheer net panels (also sold on Overstock) and it looks perfect. You would never be able to find a bed of this quality, with this kind of look, for this price, at any retail store. Great value.