I was on the hunt for something soft to replace a coffee table to have a comfortable foot rest. Initially I was looking at the brown storage ottomans that have flip tops to hold drinks, but I have brown leather couches and didn't want to bring more brown into the room and was concerned about the colors matching. I love the linen on this piece. It brings a lightness to the room and accentuates a lamp we have with a linen shade. The drawer is certainly handy too. We are keeping a breakfast tray on the ottoman for drinks and/or are using our end tables. It is plenty big to hold the tray and still prop up your feet. This will definitely be safer for our baby too. If you have hardwood or tile floors, beware that you'll probably want stoppers or a sticky something to put under the legs because it slides very easily. This is actually a good trait by the manufacturer though that it is soft/smooth under the legs and does not scratch floors. I am a little paranoid about the white fabric getting dirty easily. I have scotch-guarded it. Between that and a quick brush/vacuum, it is staying clean, but beware that it will show dirt particles more easily than darker colors.