Very pleasantly surprised with how easily this bed (including the slats) went together. It truly took about an hour start to finish, and I'm not very mechanically oriented. The look of the bed is very nice. All in all very happy with the purchase. One note for other buyers; the bed is very close to the ground, even with my x-tra thick oversized mattress. For me this is good, as I have an older dog and this makes it easier for him to jump on the bed, but for others it may not be.
I collected page after page of suggestions that others made about how to put together the bed, make it easier, yada, yada. Ok, cut, paste and print this which was what we learned: Get this equipment: Ratchet screwdriver Lay out all the pieces orientated the way they are in the pictures ON TOP of pieces of the packing styro (so you don't dent the wood). Look over the head board for a crack. Orientate it so it will be in the lower left corner (not the upper right). So many others mentioned it but not where that I suspect they all have it. Anyway, ours is in the upper right. And if you've glued it, you can't undo this. Don't glue it. Others suggested not to and it seems to hold up without the glue. The side rails - curved is up (otherwise you will have even less lip for the mattress when the slats are in). The dreaded tightening with the allen wrench. Don't try to tighten all the screws down tight with one go around. Pull the leg slightly away (about 1/4 ") space, and then tighten in the layers (think like tightening a tire onto the axle). When it's loose, it can be pushed back in ways that maintain a good angle. If you try to tighten each screw only once, the angle is bad and you are likely to scratch up the wood. My husband made fun of my ratcheting screwdriver until he discovered his battery charged one wasn't. He wasn't sure where the electric wired one was. Oh, and scrape the screw in hard soap. It will screw down a little easier (I only remembered half way through that someone suggested that). The extra long screw is about the right length for the slats (some one else suggested that). The inner legs don't quite reach the ground. I tore off a couple pieces of cardboard and slipped them under. I also have felt cardboard under all the legs to protect the floor. Move the mattress so that there isn't much space with between it and the headboard. Your pillow won't fall down there now. Others have mentioned that the headboard was a little shorter than expected. Um yeah, a little but it's looks good. It was about 2.5 hours (from opening the boxes to making the bed). We also had several rest breaks. this was our first purchase. very happy with it.
This wall bed is well constructed. At first examination of all the boxes and parts, I was very skeptical. The construction requires two people as the weight of the panels are rather heavy. You need to pay attention to the orientation of the parts when assembling. It would help if you had someone who was good at assembling IKEA type furniture as this assembly for a novice will be difficult. After assembling the unit, it is very well made and looks great. It functions even better than it looks. I would suggest this wall bed for anyone in the market as it is an excellent value. I have done some extensive research into wall beds and I very satisfied with the purchase. Just to note the original delivery via freight carrier was damaged so I denied the delivery and Overstock sent a replacement. I would also suggest paying for inside delivery as it will require 2 strong people to carrier 3 large heavy boxes from the curb to where ever you are going to assemble the bed.
I love this bed. It was made with good quality materials. I found a similar bed at PB but costs *** where I only paid a fraction of the cost from overstock :)! the Bed is solid and feels strong after installation. I was skeptical about the bottom part as it has only 3 beams underneath holding a king side mattress. Here are some of the key features that i found them useful if you are planning to buy it. First, the color is solid black with a semi glossy finish. There's no shades of espresso brown. Second, you will need a boxspring to support your king size mattress. I tried to lay just the mattress along but due to the 3 beams bottom structure. it is not strong enough to support a king size mattress. you might be able to get by if it's a full size frame? Also, there's a big gap from bottom of the frame to headboard. the box spring is definitely a must to raise your mattress to the level of the headboard. Third, installation instruction is simple and easy to understand. However, the tools that comes within is not well designed. it is very time consuming if you are planning to use the small little tool that they have provided within the package. Make sure you have a electric drill to speed up the process. There are lots of parts to be screwed in to secure the frame. It did take me roughly 4hrs to complete the setup. this is definitely a "team" work oriented type of installation. Lastly, i am not satisfied the details of the bed. what i meant is that the poles and the top rail are not aligned 100%. i am guessing there's a discrepancies on alignment. You have check all 4 poles are aligned straight up so that the top rail can be installed. overall, it's a great buy, it's time consuming to install and with minor flaws but looks grand.
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