I purchased the chairs and was able to assemble them in a short period of time. They do mean it when they say to loosely tighten the fittings at first - the wood connecting pieces holding the front to the back are somewhat delicate. These are not really heavy-duty chairs and I wouldn't recommend them for families with children (or adults who like to recline in their chair). They are a nice inexpensive chair for an all-adult household of reasonable sized folks who treat furniture nicely. I have a house with a tiny dining room and they are a very compact stylish chair that goes nicely with my mission style table.