I have owned this set for about a month now. A couple days after it was assembled though, my brother sat on one of the seats, and leaned back on it and it broke out the bottom of it. I emailed Overstock.com, and they sent me a replacement seat no questions asked. The table is nice and sturdy, but the seats have no support on the back side. So you can sit on them if you want, just make sure you don't lean back, otherwise you might have to look for a replacement seat.