The headboard on this bed is simple yet elegant. It is quite high and makes a statement in your bedroom. I can't say enough about the color. It is a beautiful warm medium brown. After you construct it you will appreciate how solid and sturdy this piece of furniture really is. I feel certain that you could not go into a store front furniture store and buy a bed of this quality at this price. It is solid wood and I love the fact that it doesn't have a footboard protruding from the end of the bed. I have a pillowtop mattress on it along with a low profile box spring and it is a little high off the floor but this is the effect that I was going for. I am sure that if you choose to not use a box spring that it would set much lower. I would definitely recommend that you purchase this bed if you are not looking for an ornate headboard. Beautiful, sturdy at a reasonable price; I don't know that you could ask for more.