We purchased the Yosemite futon to use mainly as a bed while one of us had to move out of state for a while; we wanted a piece of furniture that could be used for something else (couch, guest room bed, etc) when we re-merge households again. So far we have been satisfied with the Yosemite as a bed--the mattress is firm and comfortable. However, we may purchase a memory foam topper (or something similar) to improve the comfort still more. There is a slight pitch in the middle (where the bed would fold up into a couch), but I am not sure if that is due to our construction (see notes below...) or to a flaw in the design. I think a thick mattress topper would alleviate that pitch considerably, which is why we will purchase one soon. The colors depicted online are true to life; we chose the burgundy, which, if used as a couch would work very well with the honey-colored wooden arms. I docked this item one star because it was an absolute BEAR to assemble. The directions were very minimal and difficult to follow, and the packaging includes *lots* of extra hardware, which can be confusing. (Additionally, the smaller pieces of hardware came coated in grease/oil, so we had to be prepared with rags and a covering on the floor, etc.) Moreover, some of the holes on the frame--which is metal--were not drilled properly, or even drilled all the way through--! We had to "pop out" some of these holes and leave other holes unattached because there was no way to line up the frame correctly... Be sure that you or your friend helping you :) is mechanically inclined and likes a good challenge--this was tough to put together. So far, though, the hard work has been worth it and the piece seems stable and secure.