This bench looks very posh, is well-made and is incredibly versatile. I've moved it around my apartment, using it as a coffee table/foot stool in front of a loveseat, a bench at the end of my bed, and seating at a long desk. I definitely recommend it but folks should know it is not leather as most people understand leather to be (full-grain) and it certainly doesn't smell like leather as one review stated. Rather it is bi-cast "leather" which consists of a split leather backing coated with a layer of polyurethane and then embossed to look like leather. The surface therefore has an artificially consistent texture, unlike leather which normally has marks and scars. The product description is a little misleading as it says it is a "quality brown leather" but then goes on to describe bi-cast leather: "cow leather with polyurethane coating." But having said this, bi-cast leather is actually easier to clean and you don't have to worry about protecting it as much as you would leather so there are benefits. And of course bi-cast is much more affordable so you can't beat the price. I give this bench 5 stars as a quality piece of furniture.
No, they're not leather or bi-cast. However I will say that I bought two of them, at least eight years ago and they've just started to fall apart. I'm not sure whether or not, the extreme temperatures we experienced in the Summer and now, the cold of the East Coast Winter weren't contributing factors. The storage area is more than adequate, they are sturdy (and heavy) and oddly, the only part that is deteriorating is the outer border of the detachable top where the tray is located. The top and bottom are still in good shape. To be fair, I came back to the site to replace the ones I bought...eight years ago.
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