I really thought this bed would be "lower" to the floor seeing that it's a low profile bed, but that is not the case. Pros: It's a fantastic bed, great quality, easy to assemble, STURDY and is just overall really gorgeous. Cons: It needs a box spring because of the slat system it uses for support otherwise you can ruin your mattress (if used alone) which by the way voids the warranty on the mattress. We got the bed set up, put our new LOW PROFILE BOX SPRING in place(these are 5 inches high vs. the typical 9 in. high), and they fit perfectly just coming up to the top of the side rails but once you put that mattress on top that's where the incredible hieght comes from. My mattress is 17 inches thick.... The thicker the mattress the taller your bed will be. 17" of mattress + 5" of box spring + how high it sits off the floor = nearly 34 inches off the floor. I feel like I'm sleeping on a pedestal now. If you're looking for something lower to the floor this one is not for you, but if you prefer to have a big grand bed that you don't mind mountain climbing into every night then you'll be fine.