I wanted this ottoman to replace a large metal and glass coffee table. Our gandchildren were coming for the holidays and we always worry about them hurting themselves on the glass. Though we always put it up and out of the way, there still is no place to put drinks etc. Well, we didn't even get to use it for a coffee table! The children had so much fun on it, they put all their toys and things on it and sat on it. Even the adults were able to enjoy it. It is a super buy for the money and doesn't look inexpensive. But, most importantly it is safe to have around little ones. I look forward to using it as a table and leg rest too. Another great buy from Overstock! Thanks!