Original unboxing. The frame is already assembled, and pictured above is the pieces from the slat system. There are 13 beams on each side, with the metal mid support beam. The slats are secured to the both the frame, and the mid beam via plastic brackets. In the picture below, you will see the wooden beams do not fit snugly into their brackets.
View of the assembled bed frame with the first few sets of slats in place. The slats are bowed correctly, with the crown facing upward.
Picture of the plastic brackets. The two pointed nodes are fitted into the bed frame.
Here is a shot of the slats inside of the plastic brackets. There is some space that allows for some movement, and subsequent instability of the slats.
In this picture, the slats fit much more snugly. Some of the plastic brackets were like this one, while others were like the one above.
This shot is to show the adjustment of the legs.
Here is one of the support legs not doing what they were designed to do - support. The one is bent and the screw is bent even more by about 10 degrees.
These two pictures were taken about 2 weeks before the legs just completely collapsed.
And finally, this is the solution I came up with. I am not the most mechanically inclined person, but I do have some creativity and some tools. I actually came up with three ideas to fix the slats, and this just happened to be the quickest. Turns out, it works like a charm! Simply, I just took a 4x4 and cut them into 9" piece blocks. Then they were screwed into the mid beam with the a set of stronger screws. All in all, this updated modification cost $6.43. Since I don't own a circular saw, I had the guys at Bayside Lumber Yard in San Mateo cut them, and then bought the screws from Hassett Ace Hardware. Problem solved.