Part of the reason the bed I bought was just $25 was that it was missing a needed slat. I went to Home Depot and Leo in lumber helped me select the appropriate boards and cut them to length. I bought three just to be safe, even though we only needed on more. They were $8, so now the bed really costs $33. We already had the piece that supports the slat and reached the floor. Nick just needed to drill a hole for it to be attached. For the first time in our nearly 11 year marriage, we have an actual bed. Our mattress and box spring have been on a simple metal frame up until now.