Took a little while to assemble, but after the first one, it was much faster using an electric screwdriver. I was worried that the chairs might be too tall in my small kitchen/dining room, but they seem to be just right. The seats are soft and very steady. I'm careful not to push the seats too close to the table when sliding them in, for if pushed snuggly against the table, it leaves marks on the chairs in the leather. No more squeaking from my old, antique chairs (which began falling apart)! Merry Christmas to me!