Ordered 3 of these after another failed attempt at getting a good counter-height stool. They definately come in a small, compact, HEAVY box and require a LOT of assembly using one of those silly allen wrenches that does NOT make for an easy, swift assembly. Once together they are sturdy though. One of the seats of the 3 was cracked so Overstock is sending a replacement (read: amazing customer service!). The wood is not cheap-looking at all and the black iron-look base is nice, although probably not ideal for the decor of my modern-like kitchen. They were a great buy for the money, comfortable enough to sit for a meal or conversation over drinks. We had a ton of people over just this past weekend and they got lots of use and seemed to hold up great. Used them for a 36 inch counter-height kitchen island and I think they are of a good height, if an inch low at most. They sliding, non-skid/scratch footies work well, too. I would order these again, if needed.