I am a psychotherapist and see about six clients a day who sit on this very couch. I bought it for the style ad because I thought I needed a really really small couch (my office is rather small) that was white leather and sturdy. So I have had this couch since last March but I am going to switch it out for something longer and more comfortable. Only a few clients have found it truly uncomfortable for their 50 minute sessions. It is however very classy looking, sturdy and terrific for a small space. I am getting a new leather couch because I want to be able to stretch out and take a nap on it in between clients. I have tried but, even though I am only 5 4" tall, and even with 3 down throw pillows and a blanket, I just can't manage to get comfy enough to take a nap on it so it needs to go. Really big guys do seem uncomfortable. I got a matching ottoman on anther website (not a perfect match but okay). I clean the leather pretty regularly with McGuires leather upholstery cleaner (pep boys/automotive) but it is a bit hard to get the blue jean blue color off of it if you don't clean it every other week. I got one weird black stain that I haven't been able to get off of the cushion. Also keep in mind that it does take several weeks to off-gas (chemicals from manufacturing in China - likely bonded leather or painted leather or something but it's not bad and I am picky). I think the metal is lovely. It's not shiny but it's really good looking and very study.