I loved the look of these stools but was leary after reading about the problems with the long bolts showing through the seat top. Thanks to another review though the problem was easily fixed! I just went down to the local hardware store and asked for Metric 6.00 x 1 x 10mm bolts which were in stock. They were even conveniently packaged in quantities of 4 - the exact number needed per stool! Since I bought two sets of stools, I bought 4 packets for less than $4 total, headed home, and swapped out the screws in seconds. (Do yourself a favor and buy the bolts while you're waiting for the shipment to arrive and you'll be able to put them together correctly the first time.) So now, the stools are perfect! The brown leather is soft and detailed nicely with contrast stitching (although I had to trim a few threads that were too long) and the chrome base pedestal is a good quality and polishes nicely. The padding in the seats is a little thin but they're still comfy. And this is my first experience with backless stools so I was a little worried that one might easily topple backwards if not careful but my concerns were quickly put to rest the moment I sat down. Even at the maximum height, these stools are plenty stable. If I had to be critical (after the bolts are replaced), I'd say the foot rests are perhaps a tad too close to the seating surface. I'm 5'11" and with my feet positioned directly in front of me, the seating posture feels a little formal. However, after I made my first drink, I sat down without thinking about it, my feet landed on the sides of the foot rest and my legs fell into a wider stance. This was natural and made the seating posture much more comfy! To sum it up, don't let the long bolts stop you from buying these stools! They're great!