We purchased these barstools in Nov 2007, initially very happy with the appearance and value. BUT having had them now for over 8 months, we have had numerous problems with them, the main problem (and most costly for us) is that whatever was placed on the undernneath part of the base of the barstool has created a chemical reaction to our newly-installed hardwood floor. The three barstools have left yellowish-gold circles on our hardwood floor which we will have to sand down to remove these circles and refinish the floor. This will be very costly and time-consuming. For any other buyers who have this barstool, beware of this!! We have purchased some felt and glued it to the base to hopefully prevent any further damage. The other two problems we are having is the chrome finsih is already flaking off the outer base and the squeaking noise. I read another review stating they had the same problem with the squeaking and solved it with WD40 which we will try. We would not recommend this stool to anyone!!