I was very pleased with the quality of these chairs for the price. I have built furniture in the past but no longer have a workshop to access to build my own furniture. I know how nice but expensive well crafted furniture costs. So with that I wasn't sure what to expect as I have never purchased furniture like this before. However the charis are sturdy, realtively easy to install and so far are working great. They look very nice as well and the image matches the actual color of the chairs. The seats are black and not dark brown. My only qualm is that the instead of using an acutal dowel to create the dark circular like pattern at the top of the chair on both sides, it's just an imprint. I used a touch up stain pen to make it look more like a circular dowel. Time will tell how they hold up but for the price and the qaulity these chairs are a great option if you don't want to spend $XXX+ dollars per chair.