Great looking bed that rivals those in the ***** catalog --only costs much less. Hardwood is a good quality, nice dark brown color. Some of the boards arrived a bit scratched, however, so although the sheets cover the scratched areas, this is why I am giving it four stars instead of five. It seems this may be a common problem based on some of the other reviews. One would think they would create a sturdier box/padding for shipping! The picture doesn't quite show how low the footboard and sides are: Be prepared if you are using a box spring that the side/footboard will not hide the box spring from view--a problem easily solved if you place a fitted sheet over the box spring before adding the mattress. A bedskirt would look odd.