This unit was shipped on a pallet and very well organized. It took me all of 1 hour and 20 minutes to put it together by myself with an 18v drill. The chest is preassembled as are the lower drawers. It is very solid and made of real wood. The bed slats are metal grate-like pieces. The instructions were okay with only the top fence missing steps. There was only one screw that was filled in (no Phillips slots) and had to be tossed. The kids wanted this style bed so the dog could visit the top bunk.
We have two boys. The little one is wild. We bought this bed because the thought of our little guy going up and down from the top bunk to the bottom on a ladder made me shiver with fear. This bed is just awesome. So well made. Very beautiful to look at. Solid. So much storage, we really don't know what to do with all the drawers. Do not hesitate to buy it.
I have to say that I don't understand the negative rating others have given this bed. It is very solid and well-built. It did require a little patience and time to assemble, but all the parts were included and the directions were clear, None of the wood split on me, and the bed is so well-supported that I was able to use regular mattresses without boxsprings. The upper bunk says it is rated for 150 pounds, but my teenage boys have slept in it, and they are 160lbs. The bed looks exactly like it does in the picture, and I would definitely recommend it to others!
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