My husband and I were looking to replace our heavy wooden coffee table for something softer that had storage to keep our daughter's toys and diapers in. This ottoman totally fit the bill, its sturdy enough for her to stand on and for us to sit on, but moves very easily over our carpeted family room. The lid takes a little bit of effort to lift but I like that because my 18 month old can't lift it by herself. The hinges on the lid prevent it from slamming closed. I think I pictured it being bigger than it actually is, but it has worked out and makes our family room look even bigger and is less bulky than our old coffee table. Would recommend to anyone!