I've gotten tired of wooden kitchen chairs that dry out and shrink during the winter home heating season, when the joints become loose and the chair rickety. So I figured that I'd try chairs made of metal. Walmart.com carries several different choices, but I picked these since there was an option for a wood seat surface which at least look nice. I gave the appearance rating a 4 instead of 5 since all-wood chairs look better, but the style of these steel chairs is attractive enough, and the black paint is smooth. The seat back is a little low, but offers plenty of support for your back. The metal chair legs and back are all one piece; the only separate parts are the seat surface and the four screws to attach it to the metal frame. There are hard plastic "feet" set into the chairs legs, but I can imagine that they would scuff up a wood floor. My dining room floor is carpeted. I expect these chairs to last a very long time. A word of caution - the wood seat surface isn't pre-drilled with holes to accept the screws, so you'll need to drill four holes per seat. The screws are taped to the inside of the box the chairs come in and easy to miss. There are no printed instructions on how to attached the wood seat to the metal chair frame, though it's easy to set the seat surface to the chair frame, adjust it so it's centered, mark the bottom of the seat surface with a pencil through the holes in the metal frame and drill out the holes for the screws.
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