Crosley Shield-Back Barstools (Set of 2)
These bar stools are made of solid wood. The color is exactly as described. They are easy to put together and look perfect in our new kitchen. I highly recommend them for the price and the quality!
October 5, 2014
Hidden gem at a great price!
Summary: Great chairs. I was looking for quality without breaking the bank, and these nicely fit the bill. I had never bought furniture online, nor from BB&B, so I hesitated at first, but I'm glad I made the purchase. I was also concerned that the chairs didn't have any reviews yet, but I suppose this one will change that.
Value: High. At $90 each, they're not that expensive, really, and you definitely get your money's worth. I would MUCH rather spend $90 on chairs that will last a long time, as I assume these will, versus $40 on fiberboard/wood veneer pieces of junk that will fall apart.
Quality: I've only had these for about a month, so I can't speak to the quality yet. At this point, I can confirm that the chairs feel very solid and don't rattle or shake. I believe the wood will hold up very well with time. I think with really heavy use, it's possible the wood stain on the seat would rub off, but that's pure speculation.
Style: The chairs are 100% hardwood (no veneer!) and it shows. The wood is gorgeous and really shines through in the mahogany finish. I can't speak to the other finishes but I'm sure they look nice, too. The shield-back style is a nice touch. The legs are elegantly curved. Overall they just look really good. I will note that with real wood, you do get some of the natural character of the wood, so be prepared for some small dark spots and "discolorations" (these are minor and haven't bothered me at all).
Comfort: I looked at other chairs that had simple vertical slats on the back, but I think the shield-back style of these chairs is better. You can imagine resting your back on the wider center slat, which provides more support. The chairs, even with no cushion on, are quite comfortable. I currently use memory foam cushions with mine and they are exquisitely comfortable. A word of caution: Before buying, make sure you test out corner-height chairs. It doesn't matter what color/style, just get a sense of the height. These feel different than regular dining chairs, and certainly different than bar stools.
Ease of use: For me, putting the chairs together was really fun, but for someone with less patience or know-how I suspect it would be frustrating. It took about 45 minutes for each chair. You will need a Philips-head screwdriver, which is not included. All the bolts ARE included. Follow the directions and you'll be fine. In case you're wondering, the back is attached to the seat (this connection is the weakness of most chairs) with two pegs and SEVEN bolts. That's a big part of why these chairs feel so solid.
December 18, 2013