The only modifications I made to this bed was in how the side rails and slats were put together. I built this bed as a custom order so it needed to be portable and easy to disassemble. With another twin bed as my guide I constructed the side rails with a 2x8 with a 2x2 to support the slats. I used some long screws with the star pattern (yeah whats that called?) to attach the side rails from the outside of the headboard/footboard legs. For the slats, I drilled a hole about 2" from each end and inserted in small wooden dowel, then lined up my slats, making sure one was on the other side of each dowel. Then I used some strips on canvas fabric 2" wide and staple gunned it down each side to attach the slats. Then when you take it all apart you can just roll up your slats. Sorry should have taken more detailed photos of that....