I use it as an "accent" furniture to decorating my bed room, but the added storage space is a bonus. It is also very sturdy, solidly built. The cushion is a bit on the firm side, but since I'm not sitting on it for extended periods of time, being too firm isn't an issue. My concern when I made the purchase was the fact that the fabric would be too thin, but I was glad that was not the case; the fabric was of high quality, so it should withstand normal use.
I needed additional storage in a small apartment/condo for placemats napkins and small stuff. This ottoman is the prefect size and fits into my living room/.dining room under my wall-mounted TV. The color goes remarkably well with my furniture in the sage and cream color. It is well built and very stylish looking.