First it was an invasion of (very welcome) grandkids, then my our son and six other Army officers (including the groom …) showing up for a wedding. We needed another bed to fit to accommodate an existing mattress and we went for the product as an inexpensive fix to our periodic population surges.
The frame is very easy to put together. I concur with reviewers who have noted that a mallet is handy but not required. All the pieces fit together correctly. The concave curve the wood provides flexible and therefore cushioning for a reasonably full-bodied sleeper. Everybody who has used this bed has slept great without their attention being drawn to what’s under them.
The only indication of fragility came a week later when I was leaning with one knee on the bed while installing a screen in the window behind it. With my 200+ pounds pushing down on that one knee, I managed to break one of the slats. I cannot imagine this happening to a person sleeping on the bed, so it’s not a flaw in the product, rather a recognition that this kind of wood-slat bed is not identical to a traditional metal frame, box spring, and mattress (nor is the price!).