This bed is well-made, solid and pretty. Once assembled (it did take some time, two people and tools, but was not complex), it is sturdy and looks very sharp. It is a bit lighter in color than the photo. It has a reddish hue, more like a dark cherry than the espresso I was expecting. It's a beautiful wood, but buyer should expect this lighter color. Also, it is lower than it looks-- not only in base height, but the height of the headboard. Even without a box spring, once you have a pillow or two on the mattress, you can't see much of that beautiful headboard behind it, which I feel is a shame, because it is a lovely design. All in all I am satisfied with the purchase and it certainly was a very good value for the price. I wish it was taller and a bit darker, but even so, it's a lovely bed, looks great, and no "wiggle" in the finished (assembled) product.