This storage bench is nice enough to sit in my formal living room, although I'm using it in the family/playroom. It is a comfortable seat and the storage space is a perfect fit for the kids' games and puzzles. My only complaint...it arrived slightly damaged. There is a tear in the fabric on the back corner near the bottom. As it happened, I planned on placing the bench up against a wall, so I didn't bother sending it back and waiting for a replacement. Had I been using it as an ottoman, I would have needed to have it replaced. There was no damage to the box in that area, so I am assuming it was shipped out in that condition. Overall, good product for the price.