I must say, this bed has absolutely surpassed my expectations. It was scary ordering a piece of furniture sight unseen, but I am not disappointed. In fact, I'm overjoyed and feel lucky to have found this piece for such a great price! This bed is high quality--- it looks like it could have come from an upscale contemporary store like ZGallerie (but with four times the price tag). As for the upholstery? It's faux, but you'd never know. The "leather" rivals that of the top grain leather upholstery in my luxury sedan. See it, touch it, you'll never know the difference. The bed is NOT a platform, but I believe Overstock has now removed that claim from its product description. I would suggest a low profile boxspring or wood slats to support your mattress so that it will still have that "platform" look. Overall, I have raved about it, family and friends have raved about it, and everytime I walk into the bedroom area of my downtown loft I feel like I'm walking into a modern, luxury suite in Las Vegas! I love it! And it's perfect for someone with champagne tastes but a beer budget... like me.