When I first layed eyes on this bed, I just knew how awesome it would look in my younger son's room. With him out growing his crib, we were definitely in the market for a new bed for the little monster. The very first thing I noticed which, also was a huge determining factor of our purchase was the side rail. My son is a flipper and I needed to ensure his personal safety first and foremost. Secondly, I absolutely loved the color or the bed. For some reason I have always loved the look of natural cherry wood. It has a deep, dark wood finish that makes it shine beautifully. The bed is very durable and does not worry me about it's ability to support my son. It doesn't take up too much space either. I really like that. My son said that the bed is comfy, cozy and he likes it a lot. I had to buy the mattress separately but the total cost was still relatively decent considering the high quality this product presents. Overall, I would say that I am very satisfied with our choice to purchase the bed. I believe it was an excellent choice and I absolutely love the look of the cherry wood finish. The bed was not too difficult to put together either. It took us about 45 minutes tops. I ould recommend this bed for children between 2 1/2 and 6 years old.