Last year when Target got in their patio furniture one set really stood out to us. It was the Smith & Hawken Marlton Conversation Collection. The collection is made of solid Malaysian hardwood and finished in a rosewood stain. The cushions are made of a weather resistant polyester fabric in a neutral beige color with a subtle strip. The collection includeds a loveseat, coffee table, a set of 2 club chairs, an ottoman and an accent table all of which are sold separately. We were looking for seating to add to our front porch and were interested in the set of club chairs and possibly the ottoman and 1 accent table. The thing that stopped us from getting them was the high price tag.
In September we went into Target to pick something up and as we passed the patio furniture area we noticed that it had been marked down to 50% off. We looked around and in the middle of the floor was a large box containing the 2 club chairs. The deal was too good to pass up so we purchased them.
The assembly of the chairs was actually easier than we expected and to our delight all the holes that were predrilled actually all matched up. If you have put together any furniture in the last few years you probably know how rare that can be. The assembly consisted of screwing together the seat, the back and the 2 side pieces. It took about an hour to put both of them together. The seat cushion attaches to the frame with straps so it does not slide out from under you while the back cushion is loose.
My only complaint on the set was the back cushion. Unlike the seat, the pillow that was inside was stuffed way to soft. It has the feel of a down pillow but does not provide enough support between your back and the wood frame. The cushion covers are removable and there is a zipper to open and close them. I solved the problem of the too soft cushion on a trip to Ikea. There I found to Euro square pillow stuffers that were just the right size. I brought them home and slid them into the cover and it solved the problem beautifully.
We get compliments on the set all the time when people come to visit and the kids love to sit out there with their friends
Update On Apr 09, 2010: These chairs have been outside (on a covered deck) exposed to the elements for over 3 years now and are still in beautiful condition. The only maintenance we do to them is wash the covers on the cushions and rub the wood with teak oil once a year after pollen season. These were well worth the money.