I am not a big fan of the really heavy, dark, nursery furniture suites out there today. I wanted to buy individual pieces and wanted the pieces to be unique and tending towards an eclectic and antique look. The crib was perfect in this respect. The finish is admittedly not super heavy duty but I did not what to spend a lot on a piece of furniture that I view as somewhat disposable. Also, easy to put together - did it myself at about 8 months along!