This ottoman is awesome!. It's a giant square and the top is flat enough to hold drinks without them possibly tipping. It came in a box and wrapped in thin foam. The gas hinges are already installed. All I had to do was screw in the four legs. I use it as an ottoman and a coffee table. The only thing that is in any way noticable in a wierd way is that you only have to lift the top about an inch and the gas hinges power it up the rest of the way, not super fast but fast. So if you just crack it open to get something you're not holding the lid from falling, you're holding it from rising. They are that strong. Bur all in all I went with this one after reading horrible reviews about similar items at *****. This one os built well and everything was great. It shipped early and they left it in front of my house instead of taking it back to the FedEx location. Yeah, it could have gotten stolen because I was gone for a few days and it sat out there but I probly could have fixed that with some special shipping instructions at the time of purchase. The box was even snow covered but was not penetrated at all by the snow. I'll have it for a long time and it's gonna be a staple in my house.