The size of this bench is smaller than usual (narrow and shorter), which is the reason I chose this bench. Consequently, I wouldn't purchase this bench if your main reason is for storage. The quality is very good and there is no interior smell when you open the cover. It looks great in our spare bedroom. My only complaint is the cover is NOT hinged. The description doesn't state that it is hinged; however, I assumed it would be. For the quality and look of this bench at such a low price, I would recommend this product.