we received our barstools. they had to be assembled which we knew when we purchased them. they assembly was fairly easy and within the hour of receiving and assembly, we had our first meal sitting on them at the kitchen counter. it was over a year since our kitchen remodel and we had not found what we were looking for in counter stools, when someone suggested overstock.com. we found them on our first experience with os.com. we would recommend this site to all our friends and family.