This is a great looking bed. The material is soft and the headboard is comfortable enough to lean against. Assembly: Pretty easy - 4 wooden feet, 2 small parts on each side of the headboard and the rest hooks together...Until you get to the slats. I was less than impressed at the slats, they have these poorly drilled recesses for the plastic feet of the slats - many of the holes are not big enough to place the feet into. Also, there are only 5 slats that stretch across the entire bed, about 3 plastic feet per slat. When the feet keep falling off, or won't fit in the hole, it's a nightmare to just get everything situated so it sits evenly instead of sagging or having a peak. The slats are horrible in my opinion. The manufacturer should have had a bar down the middle to rest the slats in, or found a more reliable system. It takes about 20 minutes to assemble the bed, 40 to get the slats in correctly. But everything was packaged nicely and all the screws needed were included. A box spring is needed! I found this bed by searching for platform king sized beds. The slats are about 6 inches off the floor, so without the box spring you're essentially sleeping on the ground. Plus if your mattress isn't at least 14" thick, you won't be able to cover the gap at the bottom of the head board. It takes at least 8" of mattress just to clear the edges of the bed. I went ahead and bought the foldable box spring for foam beds from overstock, they fit perfectly with the bed and now the mattress is a comfortable height. Of course, adding a box spring makes the slats straight and even less important, so I still give this item 5 stars. The bed looks amazing when you walk in, and leaning back to read or watch tv is very comfortable.