I went back and forth for quite some time between getting a coffee table or an ottoman for my living room. Considering the rooms space limitation, I could only get one. I finally decided to get this piece because it can function like a coffee table. I often have meals on it while watching television, and sometimes place my laptop on it to do work. When I am relaxing, it is a perfect place to kick up my legs. And the storage area is roomy. Overall, this is an excellent multi-function piece.