Before I purchased this bed I read all of the reviews. I had to make sure that the product that I was considering was really sturdy. For those who are wondering, the color is actually a dark grey and not a true black. I choose this bed to go with the solid wood Axium furniture that I found on this site and I couldn't be happpier with my selections! I didn't want all of my bedroom funiture to come from the same collection. I was able to put the bed together by myself within one hour. I suggest if someone is doing this by themselves to lay out all of the parts before attempting to assemble. Doing so will make for an easy job. I can't say enough times that this bed is really sturdy, sound and so worth the price, which is a steal!!!!!!