The finish is glossy, it rated it be more natural looking. Also the frame itself is about 3 inches longer then our bed, so it sticks out. so there is a huge gap between the end of the frame and the end of the bed. Not happy about it.
The bed took about an hour and a half to put together and that was with me having a broken wrist. It was fairly easy and simple. Just follow the directions step by step and you are there. The bed looks great and matches with some other Sauder furniture I have in the room that has the same beach wood looking grey tones. It seems very solid and arrived to my door in under a week. I would say the only negative thing for me was that the finish on it was slightly too glossy. I would have preferred it have a more natural finish with less sheen. You cant really identify this in the pictures. But that's just me and my preference...I still love the bed. And I thought I might have to buy a box spring to keep the bed high but having a plush pillow top bed there is no need at all..it's perfect hight..
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