The bed is very nice, comfortable and looks impeccable with the canopy up. However, the directions were overwritten. It's like you have to put the directions into your own words for it to make sense. And you DEFINATELY need a box spring. We tried it without and it was the worst night ever! It was like sleeping on a piece of paper. The whole matress dipped in the middle and was just terrible. But other than that it's nice once it's up and it was worth all the work and frustration if you're putting it together with someone you love!