I'm late in reviewing these, but actually it might be better that way as I've had over 6 months to use them. I purchased three of them last December to use at our kitchen counter. They have worked great, have sat even on the floor (no wobbling) and we like the fact that the seats are adjustable (makes it's easy when having small kids sitting at the counter.) Yes, the seats are unfinished. I've chosen to leave them that way for the time being, but might in the future seal them with a darker stain/poly. One of my sons poked at one of the seats with a pen, and did make several indentations on it (the wood seat is somewhat soft) but because of the distressed appearance of the stool seat in general, it's not obvious to anyone but me (and my son who was punished for his misbehavior.) :) I wanted an industrial-antique-y look (my home is cottage style) and these fit that requirement, and most importantly fit our budget. I would highly recommend if you are in a similar situation.