The bed looks just like I expected. It is not white, it is light mushroom/gray-brown. But I expected this from reading the reviews. Its about what you would expect for the money. It is simple to assemble and could be done in an hour. HOWEVER! beware.. There is a part of the bed that attaches the headboard to the side panels. there should be two pieces: one left and one right. I received two left pieces and could not assemble the bed until the correct part arrived. Also, the instructions call for you to use the incorrect screws for assembly. Its easy to figure out the correct ones by which ones fit... but you can't go by the instructions for this bed. It just won't work. CHECK YOUR PARTS BEFORE YOU REMOVE YOUR OLD BED OR YOU WILL BE SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR FOR A FEW DAYS!