Overall this bed is a good buy. It was easy to assemble - took just over an hour for a one-woman job (and honestly a big chunk of that was extricating the parts from the very protective packaging). It seems very sturdy and I haven't noticed any squeaking at all. It's a very attractive piece and the neutral finish could fit in with many decors. The only caveat is, as other reviews mentioned, the finish scratches very easily. Even being mindful of that, I managed to scratch the footboard while I was assembling it, and the other day I discovered a mystery gash on the headboard. Still happy with the purchase overall.