Was a little thrown by the assembly directions. The legs go in at a bit of an angle to form a tighter joint. Assembly went better after understanding that. It took a while to assemble them, though it was worth the time. They are very comfortable and sturdy. They tuck nicely under the island countertop.
The stud detail on these stools are exactly what I was looking for. They do take a while to assemble since you have to connect the legs with little screws but overall well worth it. One of the stools was a little off balance but I put a felt pad on the bottom and it evened it out. Great purchase, no complaints.
These are attractive to look at and the padded seats are very comfortable. The leather on the seats is slippery, and as the leather and legs of the chairs are black, they're dust magnets. I prefer the style of seat that is curved, and with less padding-- more Western style--and with brown legs (available at Garnet Hill).
I needed stools for the marble kitchen counter at my new place. It's the first thing you see when you enter our cabin so they had to look good. We looked around online and in stores. For the prices I saw in stores and the quality and comfort I found, I was beginning to think I couldn't find what I wanted - something sturdy and the right height (counter not bar), the right look (expensive looking but not too actually pricey, I had a whole room to furnish) and the right material (cat claw- and spill-proof). These arrived quickly and they looked really nice, even in pieces. I put them together myself, and I'm a busy career woman with little patience for do-it-yourself home stuff. The little kit that came with it was great, especially the small screwdriver for tight places. On the advice of a male friend, I added wood glue to the assembly. I did them both in less than 2 hours, but I'm a newbie so I'm sure someone else could do it faster. They are sturdy and I often sit on them for hours to work on my laptop on the counter - exactly what I needed. I can sit on them facing forward or throw my leg over either side and be perfectly comfy. They tuck neatly under my counter and look gorgeous. Friends have raised their eyebrows when they saw them, like they were really expensive, until I said "Overstock, at a great price!" Highly recommend them if you need counter stools.
I recently bought these chairs and loved them so much I bought another set. Unfortunately however, the second set were slightly different (the nail head finish was completely different from the first set- one was polished and one was not). I'm disappointed in the inconsistency.