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Very happy, with one caveat...
 from Orange County, CA,  Oct 10, 2010

I've only just assembled this bed, so haven't had it a long time. Nevertheless, my first impression is that this is an excellent bed. Solid, easy to put together (took me about 45 mins). All holes lined up easliy, etc. The faux leather is very good quality - nice and soft to the touch (not the plasticky kind) with very dark brown color (not black, but almost). Love the stitching detail - I was debating buying this or a three-leather-panel one, and I'm glad I got this 5 panel one as the stitching breaks up the head board area very nicely. Few things: 1) The leather is quite thin - no problem, but I do worry that it will tear easily. I have kids who love jumping and messing around on the bed, but have all but banned them from doing this on the new bed precisely becuase of this! 2) Check the boxes when they arrive - two of mine had huge gashes that cut right through to the parts themselves that I missed when I took delivery, but thankfully there was just a scratch on the headboard leather when I upacked this that I can easily live with. 3) The only real negative thing I would say (and the caveat I referred to in the title) is that I didn't feel like there are enough mattress support slats supplied- they are rather thin (about 2 inch width?) and only 4 of them supplied, There are legs supplied to put in the middle of each that support the middle of the mattress (curiously, as normally a central beam from head to foot board would supprt this part - but probably one of the reasons why this bed is not hugely expensive), and this felt ok when I put the mattress on, but was worried about the slats coping over time with the weight and just not being able to do so longer term with my wife and I sleeping on this (we weigh about 310 pounds combined, by the way, so nothing crazy). So I ended up going to the local hardware shop, buying some 1 x 3 board and cutting them to size, then bolting new foot-blocks (also cut to size) in the middle just like the supplied ones did. I am glad I did as the bed feels sturdier now with the heavy mattress on top. Also, we went from a bed frame with boxes to this non-box platform type mattress only bed, and my mattress felt a little softer - the extra slats/legs I made feel like it is more firmer again. This is the reason I knocked 1 star off the rating - feels like the maufacturer skimmed a little on that part. However, overall, I am very happy with this purchase and would defintely recommend, with you making your mind up when you put it together if you need to make the extra slats too (very easy to do so, but a little time consuming).

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