It's the day after Christmas and this bench has already gotten a workout. On Christmas Day, since the lid stays up on it's own, it was used to hold all the wrapping paper taken off all the presents. Then my wife and daughter put their feet up on it and napped for a couple of hours. They looked so comfy. Later on it got used as a seat for two young adults during game time. Three hours of loud, happy, fun with lots of people getting up, sitting down, and moving around on it. I even shared it with another person for a time and I'm a 350+ pound man. So, it seems as though it can take a lickin'. So far today, it's been used as a table for a project, as a tv tray for lunchtime, and now it's doing double duty as a footrest/tissue box holder while the girls watch a tear-jerker movie. It's also holding four blankets and it's not even half full. Plus it's light enough that it can easily be moved by anyone. Now let's see if over time my 4 stars for durability will turn into 5 stars.