I love the style of this bed (we were also looking at the ****, about 3x as much) and you can't beat the price. The lower footboard is great, especially in a space like ours where you wouldn't want a huge frame that would overwhelm the room (the king-size bed is large enough already!) But be aware: as other reviews mention, its not heavy-duty iron bed. I was a little nervous since we were purchasing this for our bedroom, and not a guest room were it wouldn't see as much use. But so far so good -- we love it! Its still hard to tell how it will hold up over time.