I read all the reviews of this item before purchasing I am glad I did. This was EXACTLY what I expected based on the opinions of others. Yes...the wood is very dark, almost black, but it does have subtle undertones of brown in the distressing. Yes...the color of the fabric is a beautiful burgandy with a little gold diamond pattern, NOT purple as some have suggested. Yes..it was EASY to assemble in about 5-10 uninteruped minutes and Yes...it is a sturdy, well made, versatile piece. I am actually using several grouped together as a coffee table and occassionally scatter them around when more room is need for extra seating ie company coming over. The ONLY reason I did not give it five stars was I felt the were a little on the pricey side and the cushioning is a little firm for my taste, but none of my guests have complained! Over all I am extremely pleased with my purchase. In fact I liked them so much I bought a total of four!