First, the bed is black. It's significantly darker than pictured. Second, it's a good quality bed, but far from great. You're getting what you pay for. Third, as others have mentioned, it's prone to arrive damaged; my headboard had a few scrapes and dents, but nothing serious enough to go to the trouble of sending it back. One of the machined connections was also stripped. (Happily, there were two in close proximity, and the bed still went together solidly). Overall, in other words, I'd say expect a few imperfections or be willing to deal with the hassle of re-boxing and returning. The bed did arrive promptly, though. And it looks very good put together.