Was looking for a toy chest to keep in our living room that would hide the toys and add some extra seating. This fit the bill. This was also one of the few pieces that I found on Overstock that was leather, not bonded. The hinges are good and stay open, so the lid will not slam down on little fingers. The only complaint, and it's very minor is you need to watch what you place directly under the hinges. When the top closes the hinges fold down. We have opened the bench to find some holes in game boxes that were directly under the hinge. Although, I'm really not sure what the manufacture could do to correct that without compromising the quality. I may try to put some foam on them. But, if you're storing only soft items, such as blanket or you don't fill it too high, you'll have no problem with this.