My sister is decorating a 2 room weekend cottage for me and she loves spending my money! She purchased 2 slipcovered rockers and 2 glider/swivel chairs for the kitchen/living area. She placed them in a square pattern and picked out this ottoman for the center so we can all put our feet up. My sister has very good taste and thought this ottoman looked expensive and well made. When it arrived this evening, it looked exactly like the photo online. When she first insisted that I buy it, I thought it was too expensive. However, after visiting local furniture stores, I realized that the price was not out of line for quality furniture. It's firm enough to hold one or two food trays but soft enough to sit on without being uncomfortable. It's true that you get what you pay for and if you are looking for a good quality ottoman that also looks expensive, you will not be disappointed.