I was more than a little concerned to buy a bed sight unseen (the online pics are terrible), but the look of this bed far exceeded our expectations. My husband and I absolutely LOVE the look of it- expensive, modern, and comfortable. It was very simple to set up; the directions were good and there were few pieces to deal with. I think it took us less than half an hour, and it could have been a one person job. Based on other reviews, we were prepared to purchase some lumber to use as slats for the bed base. This was definitely necessary. I can't believe the other reviewers who said they used the five or six slats that came with it, didn't add more, and then were surprised when it didn't hold up. We spent $10 at Home Depot and about five minutes with a hacksaw to add 8 more slats. My husband did say that it might be better to buy a higher quality lumber for the slats for long term, but so far our cheapies are holding up well. We have a 14" memory foam mattress with no box springs and it fits perfectly under the headboard.