I was looking for a multipurpose narrow, leather ottoman/coffee table for my living room and this fits my needs and space perfectly! I know this is suppose to be a bench but I couldn't find a traditional ottoman with the same openness....you don't even have to attach the bottom slats if you don't want to. The legs are not notched out. Other ottomans I looked at were all too bulky and squattie looking. Not this one. I love it!