We bought this to serve as a coffee table for a U-shaped sofa. First, the "coffee table" had to be small enough to fit in the "U" (turned long-ways, perfect!); soft enough not to punish someone who banged into it; sturdy enough to function well as a tray-coffee table (Tray sits firmly & has a tray surface that seems able to handle spills & such). So far, it looks great & seems quite functional. A bonus is the tiny little seats inside, which would seem perfect for children and/or casual entertaining for younger people. The color we chose is dark brown, which has turned out to be a rich deep chocolate (very nice). The "leather" looks good, too. We are very happy with this purchase. By the way, the whole thing together (ottoman with seats inside & tray on top) is quite heavy for what it is, another surprising benefit because it stays put & seems much more a "quality" piece. Very nice indeed!