I purchased this set of tables to go outside on my small front porch to hold plants or other decorative items - trying to give the entry a little pizzazz. I had a hard time finding something I thought would hold up outside for a price I was willing to pay. I thought these were attractive and felt the bamboo should be able to stand up to the elements (the porch is mostly protected from rain unless it's really blowing). I've had these for about 6 weeks now and so far I'm really pleased. I think they look nice and add a little interest to the space. They are sturdier than I expected and I think they will hold up well for a few years. I think they might be a tad more expensive than they should be but compared to other things I found, they are a good deal.