This pouf was an inexpensive way to replace an ottoman. It was way cheaper than any ottoman that I had looked at so, after figuring out the height that I would need for my sofa, I thought I would give it a try. It arrived fairly quickly, was packed well, and didn't come out of the box with any weird smells! It has sort of a 'crunchy' sound to it when you put your feet on it, but not too loud or annoying. It's pretty firm, at first, but starts to 'soften or give' somewhat (but not too much) after using it for awhile. It's seems to be a very durable upholstery fabric & is even nice to sit on. My only disappointment, when purchasing it, was the lack of color choices. I purchased the dark tan & black color & it's a pretty muted, darker color...which is good. It goes well with a brown sofa & a cream colored sofa in the room.