The base of the barstool is incredibly sturdy and well made. The quality of the wood seat is disappointing in terms of thickness and particularly finish. I ordered 3 of these. 2 arrived fine and one arrived with a cracked seat even though the packaging was impressive. Overstock was great in getting it resolved. They shipped a new seat to me and save me the time and hassle of repacking and shipping the stool. If you need extra tall stools...you should def consider these.