The bed arrived much earlier than I expected and was folded up nicely in a box. Like other reviews said when we cut the plastic the rush of air was instant and the mattress expanded. We put our sheets on it and were sleeping like babies the very first night. This is a replacement to a waterbed and is much firmer; a plus. The smell was very minimal and went away after the first night. If you are looking for a great bed at a great price this is the one to get. This company is A number 1!