We have been delighted with our new storage bench. The wood is really beautiful and the quality is outstanding. It was darker than the picture shows, but we were happy with the medium color because it matched our family room better than light wood would have. It was relatively easy to put together and has a large storage area. It is easy to open and close and we did not experience any of the rubbing that was described in other reviews. We were able to find a cushion online that fits it perfectly and was the color we wanted. Overall, we have been very pleased and this beautiful piece of furniture is a nice addition to our house!