The photos do not do this bed justice, it has a beautiful simplistic design of almost an asian flare. The bed looks fantastic in just about any space and is very sturdy of design. You would think that the bed is made of partical board given the price, but it is solid wood. The finish is very rich and the perfect color. I would recommend buying an extra piece of wood to fit the size of the frame under the mattress as box springs are not necessary. My husband and I think it may provide more stability over time to the wooden slats although there has been no problem with support. Make sure to stagger the slats when installing them, that is why there are 14 screws and the holes do not match on each side. It provides more flexibility to give more stability. Great purchase, highly recommended!