Similar to the other person that left a review for this bed, we definitely took a chance buying this bed without looking at it first. We loved the look of it and the color of the wood. We read the other reviews (on the cal -king one too) and decided to believe what the other people had said about this bed. We are truly happy and satisfied with the outcome. The bed is very solid, not flimsy, does not creak, and goes together easily. It is very attractive. The low footboard makes changing the sheets extremely easy and the paneling on the head and foot boards gives it an extra appeal. The only downside is that the delivery company delivered it with a big gash in the side of the box, so there is a very slight crack on the headboard, but nothing that you can actually see. So, check the box thoroughly when you receive it. Otherwise, we are extremely happy with our purchase and would recommend this bed to others.