I was a little concerned about buying this without seeing any reviews on Overstock. I decided to buy one - see if I like it and if so buy some more. Well, the good news is for the price you can't beat it. The overall appearance (especially from a distance or with some good lighting) is great. Up close the leather looks kinda cheap and is a bit hard but I think it will hold up. Mine didn't come with any directions, you just need to screw in four bolts that require an allen wrench - and the allen wrench isn't included. Its actually allot more comfortable then it looks in the photo, in fact its better looking then it is in the photo. I happen to be sitting on it right now and I just ordered several more. For the price it really cannot be beat - I don't think you'll get a better stool for less then twice the price.