This bench is as beautiful as it looks in the picture. We're surprised at how sturdy it is, as well as how comfortable. We're using it for an entryway and extra seating, and it's working out perfectly. Also, it was easy to put together. At first I thought I'd make a cushion for it, but decided against it because it's too beautiful to cover up. We have a blanket over the arm to use as a cushion if necessary. I would definitely recomment this bench!