The screws to attach the lid to the ottoman were not put in the right place, so the lid doesn't close down securely -- it is shifted off to the right by about 1/2". Too much trouble to box it up and send it back, so I'll have to live with it until I can figure out a way to fix it myself.
I've had this ottoman for a few months now and am very pleased with it. Its size works well in a smaller living room setting with an L-shaped sectional sofa. It is a very dark brown/espresso color, almost black. To clean it, I've used Armor-All wipes which seem to work nicely. The hinge is well-designed/sturdy to insure that it will not come crashing down on you or your child's fingers after retrieving an item from the storage area. I like keeping blankets and board games inside. Great purchase/value for the money!
This ottoman arrived quickly, and was properly packaged to protect it during shipment. It is well-constructed. The size is perfect, it is lightweight when empty so it is easy to move. We put a slipcover on it and a tray and use it for a coffee table so I especially like that it has a flat, slightly decorative top-no buttons, welts or other decoration. As others have said, it is closer to black than brown—it is quite dark brown. The "bonded leather" feels very thin but for this fantastic price you are not buying longevity. Be careful with it—avoid setting sharp objects on it, etc..—and you will get your money's worth from this handsome piece.