My teenage daughter wanted a black bed for her room. I had disagreed with her decision, but liked the styling of the bed so I placed the order. We are more than pleased with it. It is very sturdy and well-made. There is nothing flimsy or cheap about it. It came in three packages and went together very easily. (She did it herself before I got home.) The color is very dark and almost black, but I would describe it as cherry cola, because in the sunlight it has a red tinge to it. I would highly recommend this and plan to purchase a matching dresser.