I'm using this "stool" as a side table for a low chaise. The size and height are exactly what I need. It is not a "show stopper" but rather an unobtrusive piece that blends in perfectly with my eclectic decor. The hand carved twist is what attracted me to the stool. I added 4 felt pads to the bottom of the stool for stabilization. My only critique would be that the picture looks like you'd be purchasing a "smooth, finely polished" table/stool. In reality, the wood is not finely polished. Overall, I'm very pleased with the purchase and it works very well for my needs.