Pleasantly SURPRISED at how well this chair is constructed. Very sturdy, good thick material. I am in love with these chairs and the price :) :) :) The wood is black, I was sort of wishing it would have been really dark brown, but that's only to fit into my living room color scheme. They look great with black. There is a beautiful piping around the edges of the cushion, the cushions are curved on the chair. I love all the details of this chair. Def. worth the buy! Oh, and got the chairs in with no damages at all.