I needed a dining table for a breakfast nook. This set is absolutely gorgeous. It does arrive unassembled in four cartons and may be left outside on a pallet. I was able to put the table and chairs togther with no help - just took a little patience. I am so satisfied with this set. It is beautuful and sturdy. The photo does it justice. All friends and family are raving over this set - cannot believe I ordered it online and put it together myself! Great buy and great value!