Don't go by the bad reviews. This is the best value for that retro look and half the money. It is not ment to sit on for long periods of time. Can be a bit tough on the bottom. I have it in my bedroom to sit on to put shoes on and stay off my made up bed. I do use it in the kitchen to reach the higher shelves. It is well made and goes together easy. I may change out the seat/back with a different color, turq, maybe. The chair works well as does the steps that tuck under when not in use. It is very sturdy and stays in place when used as a ladder. Good to reach up to get something, set it on the seat then use the back to hold on to when getting down. Never stand on the seat. Anything higher than the 2nd step get a ladder.
This was a gift to my in-laws whose 60 year old (no kidding) stool like it finally breathed it's last. They were able to put it together and say that it is great! I had a hard time finding this type of item anywhere else and it's perfect. I doubt it will last 60 years, but it is sturdy and the price is right! Happy to find it here!