I rarely take the time to write online reviews of products but I was so happy with this purchase I thought I would do so. I am a very discerning shopper and spent countless hours researching an elegant and affordable dining chair to coordinate with an expensive dining table I recently purchased. I was skeptical due to all of the mixed reviews but took a chance and ordered 3 sets of these chairs. Yes, they took some time to assemble. They are, however, very sturdy and modern. They are not cheap looking. I used some shabby chic slip covers in a neutral color to cover them and I would put them up against any of the $200-$300 side chairs from major retailers. In my opinion, they would be great without slipcovers if you want a more formal look. The seat cushions are more of a taupe/mushroom color but they are very attractive. I would highly recommend these chairs. They are a super value and you can't beat the $2.95 shipping.