Of course, time will tell how well these chairs stand up to family life, but so far we have been thrilled (ok, I have been thrilled!) with this purchase. Our old chairs took a lot of abuse as they were in a heavily trafficked dining/kitchen area that also served as the site of much computer use and homework. So, I'm holding my breath that these will be able to withstand that level of usage. However, the chairs are very sturdy-looking and better still, they're extremely comfortable. My husband and teenagers and I are all tall people, and these chairs are an improvement on our old colonial-style chairs in terms of seat height (not to mention aesthetics!).. They were a breeze to put together, so that was an additional plus. I can't believe what an upgrade they have made to the look of our dining room. I'm planning on buying two more.