this bed is very handsome and substantial looking. it came in 3 boxes and took me 2 hours to put together mostly by myself. i only needed my husband to help me put the sides on. the only thing i would forewarn anyone about is that you will need about 20 extra flat philipshead (to fasten the support slats) screws than the box provides. they were easy to find and only cost me 1.74. overall i am very happy with the bed.