I was looking for an inexpensive platform bed for my daughter and found this one after some searching. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the purchase, but be aware of what you're getting before you buy. Pros: 1. Low cost 2. Relatively solid 3. Simple construction (if you have the right tools) 4. Finish looks decent from a distance 5. Just 45 minutes from opening the box to adding the mattress (again, if you have the right tools) 6. Low cost again (That's why you're buying this bed after all, right?) Cons: 1. "Solid wood" construction is true, but it doesn't mean much. The rails are fingerjointed, meaning they're made up of multiple smaller pieces glued end to end. It's an OK approach for the money, but it's hardly fine furniture. The legs are solid is the same way a chunk of 2x4 is solid, that is to say lightweight wood in one piece, but again, they're nothing fancy. (In fact, they may actually be pieces of 2x4 cut and stained to look more upscale.) 2. The finish is sprayed on heavily, is very shiny, and only looks good from a distance. Up close, not-so-much. 3. The over-sized "feature" of the frame is just marketing language to cover poor engineering, I think. Yes, your blankets will probably cover the gap, but there's a good inch of space all around a standard twin mattress 4. The slats are a rather low-grade plywood and as such don't have a lot of bend strength. There are plenty of them, though, so it's probably not an issue for average-weight people. Just in case, I took my daughter's Bunky Board from her old bunk and put it on the frame to help add some rigidity to the slats 5. The screwdriver supplied to install the screws in the slats is a tiny pocket driver and *might* be good enough to open the battery compartment on a toy, but it certainly isn't capable of driving all the screws you need to attach the slats. A power drill with a driver bit is a much better option and will save you a lot of time and aggravation 6. My set came with four extra holes drilled in the headboard end. For me it's not a big deal since the bed is against a wall, but it's not a great sign of high-end quality control
We're using this for a bookshelf/storage area because the bed that it was attached to was a piece of crap that found its way into the garbage after less than 7 months of use and replacing numerous parts on it!
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