I wanted to eliminate a side table to save space. I ordered it in white. It comes in several pieces which are put together with cams and rods, making it pretty easy to assemble. The moldings give it a finished look. It is sturdy enough to stand on its own, although you can attach it to the bed frame. My twin bed is 38" wide and the headboard is 44" wide, so I don't have the same issue as the previous reviewer had. Reason I didn't give 5 stars is that the back piece which is nailed to the rear of the headboard is just cardboard and comes folded in half, and you can see the crease if you don't fill the open spaces. And the plastic rods which they say are to be "inserted" into the holes actually need to be hammered. I put a sock over the hammer head; otherwise you would damage the wood.