This storage ottoman arrived in perfect shape, and it took about 3 minutes to screw on the legs. The color is true to the photo; it is not a dark or expresso brown, but more like a milk chocolate color. I was hoping that it would be a little lighter brown, but the milk chocolate color goes with anything. The opening mechanism on the lid works smoothly, and it is so nice not to have to pull the ottoman out from the end of my bed to open it. There is lots of space for storage inside, and the ottoman is sturdy enough to sit on. It is also a very comfortable seat. All in all, an excellent product. I highly recommend it!