Works great as both a nicely padded seat and generous shoe storage under a window near my bed. I especially like that the hinges are designed to open/close to prevent the lid edge from rubbing against the wall. Prior to ordering this, I had seen this same fabric on a chair at a local furniture store, so knew it would the colors would be just perfect. Colors are true charcoal grey and deep plum. Workmanship is good and Overstock was very quick on delivery.