I ordered 2 of these and expected assembly to be a pain based on other reviews. So, first chair was no issue at all. I assembled it single-handed (allen wrench in one hand cold beer in the other). The second chair was a different story! There are 8 bolts that hold the bottom to the back. Directions are terrible, only a diagram with no instructions at all. I had assembled similar chairs before, so I suggest start with the 2 bolts in the bottom center. The problem was after I got those, the next 2 above did not find any bolt to screw into. I took it back apart and inspected with a flashlight...sure enough; they had not inserted the bolt part that is REQUIRED to hold it together. A factory default. I still assembled it (I just drilled 2 pilot holes and used two wood screws in place to avoid having to pack it up ans ship it back. I deducted one star due to this. Next was the arms.The best policy with laminated bowed arms is to do the top bolt first, then the bottom 2 where you can add tension. The arms can vary and mine did. First chair required a bit of pulling when the bolt was inserted. The first chair was probably off by 1/4 inch (had to set the beer down for the first time and use both hands). The second chair was off about 1.5 inches! (costing another star). My first thought was call the local fire department and see if I could borrow their "jaws of life" to pull the thing and get the bolts to fit. I eventually got it, but it was not easy. Looking at the picture, I knew before I placed the order that laminated arms will not fit like fine machined parts. They will be under tension and give you a bit of a headache during assembly. I spent about 25 minutes on the first chair, and maybe 40 on the second. Overall these are nice chairs for the price. The cushions are very firm. I am using them as guest chairs in my home office, so this is fine. I have bonded leather chairs in my kitchen that were sold as "espresso" and the color is an exact match. I would not recommend if you are looking for a comfortable chair to sit back and read or watch TV. As a guest chair in the office this will do just fine.
Chair looks great in my living room, and is the perfect size to move from room to room. Packaging was perfect and legs stored in zippered compartments under furniture just had to be screwed on. Cushion is firm foam, which is fine for an accent chair.
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