Like many, many, many reviewers before me I have to say putting this bed together was a pain! My husband has a whole workshop full of tools. He's put together most of the furniture in our house. Let me tell you, the amount of cursing I heard from him as he was assembling. Woozer! Plus towards the end, he need my help. So, keep that in mind! It's going to take two at least. It attached fairly easily to our metal frame--though we did use books to sustain the lift while bolting in. Lastly, for assembly advice I'll mention that we purposefully bounced on the bed to see if it was sturdy enough and that there weren't any issues. We noticed some wall banging. So, we added some command strips to the back to sort of secure (I use that term loosely) it. Seems to have helped with reducing noise. Then end result is really nice though. It blends well with our brown black furniture that we bought from another retailer of Scandinavian descent. I only mention that in case you're trying to match as well. All in all, happy with the end result. The journey was rough though!
Upon first glance, this 'Scandinavian Bookcase Headboard' appeared to be of a higher grade construction and value beyond other products in the same category, however, significant details about the item were conveniently 'reworded' in an effort to make the item sound 'attractive'. I know woodworking very well (decades of experience in the field), so when an item arrives having been described as 'all solid wood', I read that as a board hewn from a large tree in ONE PIECE with grain intact flowing from one end to the next-not so here. What I discovered is that this headboard was assembled from short (less than 8" long) pieces of finger-jointed 'solid' wood. What you basically have are 'off-cuts' and 'scraps' from a wood mill, or to be fair, the sustainable use of wood that could not otherwise be used to build larger things unless repurposed in this way. I will concede the finish was done very well and consistent throughout the piece with few inconsistencies and therefore helping to 'conceal' all those little pieces and joints. On the topic of finish: this piece of furniture STUNK! I understand it was an overstock item and therefore sat for a very long time in it's shipping box but it really was smelly. It had a chemical, funky smell that was just offensive enough to encourage me to leave the pieces out on my screen porch for two weeks while it 'out-gassed', and even that only lessened the odor partially. Assembly: I'm very mechanically inclined and have assembled all sorts of 'kits' and things broken down into hundreds of pieces yet this unit took some sussing out longer than I thought was normal. The instructions were lousy with tiny black and white photos that almost didn't help at all with the assembly. The connectors were not intuitive or confidence inspiring: the designers could've used some help from ****. When finally together, the unit (described as fitting full and queen sized bed frames) only came close to fitting two holes on my modern standard metal frame requiring me to drill the board to get them to line up evenly. The lesson here: If there are lots of items in overstock at an 'attractive' price, buyer beware. You may end up with something that a manufacturer couldn't sell or had to liquidate for a myriad of reasons, some of which I've listed above. Would I buy this item again? No. Was it overpriced? Yes. Does it look nice? Yes. If not for the last question, I would've sent it back.
Looks good after I assembled it but it took some thinking about how to build it. The instructions are not all clear. Also tell people not to pound too hard with the rubber hammer or else you'll split one of the boards. The split is not too obvious on my build. Over all the look is good, it's functional and I would recommend it if you're looking for this type of bed backboard shelf.
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