four bar stools arrived today. Once dispatched yesterday afternoon from www.crazysales.com.au, we received an email with our tracking number. I then logged into the Australia Post website, entered the number and our email address, and received updates on my Blackberry as they worked their way through the Australia Post parcel system.
Tonight I opened the two mid-sized boxes. Each box had the parts for two stools. I then hunted for the assembly instructions; expecting the typical badly translated ones many of us have grown up with. But not this time. No badly translated instructions at all.
|Some parts from two stools|
After some fiddling around I figured out all but one piece - a metal look plastic ring that by a process of elimination we determined was cosmetic, to hide where the central column and base meet.
Within 20 minutes we'd assembled all four, and after the children spent a few minutes spinning in the chairs, they were placed along the kitchen bench. They look great.
In terms of quality, they seem well constructed. The gas lift mechanisms all work. The leather-look seats are probably their weakest point - clearly not top quality leather, but they still look good. If the gas lift mechanisms hold up, I suspect the leather-look seats will wear out first.
Because they didn't come with instructions, here's how I think they should be assembled. If you buy some, you'll have to satisfy yourself whether I am right or wrong!
|1. Screw column to seat base|
|2. Slide gas mechanism into column|
|3. Gas cylinder in column|
|4. Place decorative ring over hole|
|5. Insert column into base|
|6. Completed stool|
The photos remind me that a new rug for the floor should be on our shopping list.