The size and sturdiness of the bench are just what I was looking for, however, the item arrived damp and smelled of mildew. The box did not appear to be wet, but it must have been at one time - soaked. When I unpacked the bench I could immediately smell the mildew. All of the upholstery and padding was damp. Because of the size and hassle involved in returning the item, I decided to clean it myself. There was no visible mold or mildew, just the smell. It has since been thoroughly cleaned, bleached, dried, and Febreezed. I'm hoping that took care of the problem since my extra-large dogter loves the fact that she can use it as a step-up onto the bed, and I love that I can store her heavy Orvis queen-size bed cover in it and out of the way when it's not needed.