The main reason I am writing this review is because I didn't see this point made in any of the reviews I read prior to purchase: use caution with a deep mattress. One week before this bed arrived, our new mattress arrived. Our mattress is 18 inches deep. Clueless as we were, were paid for the mattress box, oblivious to the fact that it will not work with this bed. After assembly, my husband and I proudly placed our new mattress box and matress onto our new bed, only to result in me crying: the beautiful headboard wasn't even visible! After consulting with the mattress store, they said that our mattress could be placed directly on the top of the bed slats (there are about 15 of them) and that should provide adequate support for our type of mattress.Evidentally, one doesn't need a box or box spring with this type of bed. Somehow we missed this point. Once the box was removed, our deep mattress and bed look very nice, although our mattress likely obscures some of the beauty of the bed ,but it now falls a couple inches below the cubbies. Overall, we love the bed and would highly recommend it. The wood is great quality and the bed is very heavy (about 200 pounds per the shipper).