This bed was purchased for my teenage daughter who wanted a streamlined contemprary look to her bedroom. This bed does that. the directions were relatively easy to follow. The slats were already spaced and connected by a strap, which was very easy to install. I will say that the center support for the bed is extremely poor and the slats themselves are thin wood, but should hold up fine for anyone past the stage of jumping on their bed. Time will tell. For the price of the bed, it is probably not a forever investment, but will certainly get her through the remainder of high school and probably college.