I wanted to use this ottoman in my living room as extra seating or a tabletop for guests sitting in chairs that were not close to any table, so they could rest their drinks or snack plates somewhere. The ottoman is very well built and sturdy in construction and material with firm but comfortable seating. The color depicted online matched the ottoman I received. When the lid is turned over to use the tray, it fits securely so it does not budge while being used. The only minor complaint I have with the particular ottoman I received is that the edge of the tray is slightly chewed up in a couple of places exposing unpainted wood. Thankfully, they weren't terribly deep, so I was able to pull my handywoman skills out to cover them with some matte black paint. The ottoman was extremely well packaged for shipping, so I know this defect was passed by at the factory. I love it nevertheless, and am considering ordering a second one as well.