Package came with base of chairs meticulously wrapped in foam sheets and perfectly in tact. Please note that the seats are a little on the tall side, but still fit just right under my bar counter. I can't stress how much I LOVE THEM. So modern and classy, and a great deal. With the pads they are quite comfy too.
If you are into contemporary looks in your furniture, this set of bar stools will fulfill that requirement. The little padding does appeal to the minimalist look. However, in t rems of comfort......not so much. I still recommend the bar stools, nevertheless.