As many other reviewers have noted, the actual unit is smaller than anticipated, based on the photography. It's not unattractive or too small, just smaller than expected. Apart from that, the piece is comfortable and sturdy enough for casual use. I do have a few more serious reservations, though; first, the cushions are either not waterproof or insufficiently waterproofed. They are quite absorbent, and if these are used outdoors, brace yourself for unusable wet cushions. Second, there is no way to secure the cushions to the sofa. This is not such a big problem with the seats, as they wedge in to the sofa. However, the seat backs are light and loose, and fly away at the first stiff breeze. This is problematic for me as I am using this furniture on a sixth-floor terrace; if those fly down to the street, at best they're lost, at worst I'm looking at a lawsuit. I've already tried Velcro, which won't work, as the glue backing will not adhere to the fabric. I think I'm going to have to open the seams and insert ties that I can then tie to the wicker frame. It's an awful lot of work, but there's no better way to use these that won't require me removing the cushions and bringing them in after every use.
After I got the giant boxes open, I was challenged with the task of assembly. It was a nightmare at first, but after getting through the initial frustration, I managed. I read the reviews, so I knew they did not come with directions. It was a jigsaw puzzle of peices and terrible allen wrenches, that all broke along the way. After the couch was assembled, I kind of got the hang of it. Next I managed the two tiny chairs and the itty bitty coffee table. You must read these measurements carefully, and still you cannot grasp the scale of this set. The cushions are black and thin. The 3 stars I gave are for the fact that they sit well. Are very comfortable and sturdy as well. I would recommend adding two small lumbar pillows to the couch, I ordered bright blue. They do not come with throw pillows. I would recommend this set for someone with very limited space, like an apartment terrace. I have them in a small overhang of my outdoor area. I should return them, but I don't have the strength. As always, amazing quality for the price. Christopher Knight products are well constructed.
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