I ordered 4 of these chairs (2 sets of 2 chairs) in December 2009 for my casual dining room. They arrived very quickly and well packaged with no damage. Assembly was very easy. I was able to assmble all four chairs by myself and each chair took about 25 minutes to assemble. All the pre-drilled holes were drilled exactly and all the pieces fit together perfectly on all four chairs. I was missing 2 of the necessary bolts from one of the chairs, but it was easy to run down to the hardware store and get the same bolts for under $1. Missing bolts were preferable to me than holes that do not match up, as I have had that issue before on ready to assemble furniture and it can be a real mess. The black finish on these chairs is nice, smooth, and durable. These chairs are very heavy and sturdy. They are not at all wobbly or creaky. I added glides to the feet since those are not included. I am very happy with these chairs. They are a wonderful value and look much more expensive than they are. I believe they are sturdy enough to last as long as any furniture store chair. I have been using them for several months without chair pads and they are very comfortable, too.