This bed is absolutely gorgeous -- very solid and well-constructed. It looks wonderful in my room, and I'm insanely happy with it. I'll echo the sentiment of many other reviewers -- you'll want power tools. However, a friend and I put it together (we're both female) without any power tools, so it can be done. It took us maybe two hours. The instructions were easy to follow -- just difficult to screw, and screw, and screw... It was easier to hand-screw the slats in --even without any pre-drilled holes -- than it was to put the headboard and sides together. For those who have had issues ... use the long end of the hex wrench. The ball will let you go in at an angle. It's not that it was difficult to follow -- just needs a lot of arm strength! In all, I thought it was well worth it!