First thing we noticed when we got the boxes home was that the color stated HUSK WHITE. After immediately opening the headboard/footboard box, it was clear that they were definitely not a true white.... more of a yellow- based white. More of an off-white. My daughter's furniture is bright white so up against their dresser it IS noticeable, however, once we got them put together, the color difference is not that bad. I am VERY particular about this sort of thing and i think it ended up blending okay.
The beds were easy to put together (took my husband only about 45 minutes) and they seem very well-made and very sturdy. I was very pleased with the overall quality.
A few things I was wondering when ordering the beds were:
Do they require a box spring?
no, and I wouldnt recommend using one. Especially on the top matress. We were planning to use our daughter's bunkie board from her previous bed (9the flatter box spring used with beds that have a trundle underneath) and even that made the top mattress way too high. This may be a non-issue if your child that sleeps on the top bunk is older, but my daughter is only 5 and I wasn't comfortable having the mattress that close to the rail... almost level with it.
We also tried to use the bunkie board on the bottom bed as well and it too made the mattress sit too high so there was hardly any space to sit up on that bed without hitting their heads on the bottom of the top bunk. We ended up using the mattress only on both bunks - and its still just as comfy.
Can you put a trundle underneath?
No. we tried to place my daughter's trundle under the bottom bunk and the bed isn't high enough to give the mattress clearance to pull in and out. This was a big bummer =(
A few other side notes - things I didnt think about when I purchased the bunk beds...
You can't use a dust ruffle on either bunk. Because of the ladder you can't get a dust ruffle to hang properly.
Making the top bunk is a big pain and you have to keep it tucked in (on the sides and under the bed) when its made so that the quilt/sheets/comforter don't hang down. This is not going to be easy on me to make everday, esp considering Im 6 mos pregnant!
Overall, the quality and sturdiness outweighs the cons. I think its a good bed and we are happy with our purchase. And our daughter's LOVE it!
Im only giving it 4 stars b/c the color factor. I think the maufacturer should indicate on the description the color descrepancy.