Overall, I'm very happy with the bed. We were transitioning our 3.5 year old son from semi-sleeping with us (everybody's got their own story) to sleeping by himself, so I justified the rather large cost by thinking, if this works, it'll be worth it. Well, it worked (fairly spectacularly, actually), but in the end, I think it had more to do with my son being ready for the change than the impressiveness of the bed itself. It certainly looks gorgeous the first day you put it together, but naturally after a few days of having it, well, it just sorta becomes a regular bed. My only major gripe about it was that the set up of the wooden boards underneath the toddler mattress has an overlap which means the toddler mattress does not rest on a perfectly flat surface. Basically, if you can imagine putting a semi-thick book on the floor and then placing the mattress on top of it, that's what you get. A bit of a bulge, but not big enough I think, to seriously impair your child's comfort. In the twin mattress configuration, there's no overlap or bulge. It took me (dad, handy with tools) two hours by myself with an electric drill to fully put this thing together. And I was rushing. Easier with two people. In summary, it's beautiful, it's expensive, and it may work wonders for your child's sleeping arrangement (or it may not). Good luck.