Great bench. I just love it. It is the first thing I see when I get home every evening—it sits in my front hallway—and I use it to sit on while I take off my shoes. The slatted shelf under the seat holds my briefcase and purse so I always know where they are when I get ready to leave the house again. The leather is soft and comfortable, always tempting me to sit for a while before I get started on my evening.