Okay, to start off I want to say that I almost did not buy this bed because of all of the negative reviews. Holy cow am I so glad I didn't listen to them and I bought it anyway! I seriously adore it and it was crazy cheap so you can't beat that! Before I tell you about constructing the bed, let me tell you about me. I am a 5 foot nothing 22 year old girl that is not in the least bit ripped or anything. However, in my defense my dad did teach me how to use a drill so.... there's that. Anyway, the package was not damaged at all and the organization of the pieces was fantastic. First things first, I organized all of the boards (9 bigger boards, 5 trim parts) and made sure the package included enough screws and such. Each board was stamped on the non-finished side with the name of the part (such as M, P, P2, ect) which is how to identify it from the instructions. Then I read/looked at the directions. I won't lie, they're mostly pictures, BUT it is not hard to figure it out. Everything looks EXACTLY like the picture. Don't try to put it together in a different order then what it suggests though, you'll end up hating yourself for making it difficult. Okay, so then I set up the base of the platform by using stud things (the heck if I know what they're really called, pegs maybe??) and screws. Everything, and I mean every single hole, lined up perfectly unlike what other reviews said. Maybe they just used the wrong part or put it backwards? Idk. After the base, I put on the top boards and trims and TA-DAH, it was done. Now, I did this ENTIRE bed myself. I didn't use a screwdriver, but a regular non-fancy drill and it took me MAYBE an hour. Probably less. Yes, it is super heavy so I had to get help to put in in the room I wanted it in, but once it was in there it was all me. Just be careful. Obviously it's not super hard, grade A wood so if you bang it around it will chip. Mine didn't though, but I was also really careful. So, my review? I adore this bed. It was crazy easy to put together, once I tightened all my screws it doesn't wiggle at all, the trim edges keep the bed in place super well, and it looks fantastic. *Side Note* I chose to put a box spring AND mattress on this and it still works awesome, I just wanted a taller bed. I have a queen and it fits with maybe a half and inch of wiggle room around the edges. So, don't let the bad reviews ruin this great deal for you. If you take the time to organize your materials before hand and really look at the pictures, it will be a breeze to put together and be a great addition to your home!
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