This bed is a great value for the price. The parts are wood and seem very well made. The bed is as the picture shows - including color. The instructions are incredibly easy and every piece is very well marked. I am not great at putting things together, but you can't miss with these directions. Every package of nuts, screws, bolts, etc, is marked and the directions coincide with the marked packages. Even each piece of the bed is marked with a letter to let you know what goes where. It really could not be easier! We bought this bed for our 12 year old son and I am so glad we did. I had looked at a currently popular "Swedish" furniture store and their quality could not measure up to this bed. It comes in 3 boxes, but don't let that scare you. I think this bed will last quite awhile.