I just received my headboard yesterday and are waiting for the weekend to hang it. But I can already tell you that this will be the feature in my bedroom. The leather color and wear are perfect. They are substantial... I kind of imagined this as being a thin little thing. They are not. It is essentially a leather pillow board and it's PERFECT. I don't know how long they are meant to keep but this could easily be an heirloom piece (and the construction matches).