This is a gorgeous bed. I am a petite woman and put this together myself in 45 minutes! Good instructions and everything was included. The side pieces for the headboard are in the back of the headboard. You have to pull up the velcro and they are secured inside. Very well packed. The bed is actually better in person and so sturdy! Looks like leather but won't retain body oil stains that real leather gets. Has real presence for the price.