Rated 5 out of 5Â by esotericMorgan A HANDSOME & STURDY OPTION FOR YOUR STORAGE NEEDS!
First of all, it arrived well-packaged about 36 hours after ordering it--which is not as much of a plus as the item is itself: I L-O-V=E IT! It's a work of art, with added benefits!
It took longer to un-package than to put together...which took under a minute to 'assemble', because all you have to do is expand the base, place a padded insert into the bottom of the interior compartment, then put the top on. Easy-peasey, Miss Louisey!
After that I was compelled to sit upon it. It feels quite sturdy, and extremely comfy; so comfortable, in fact, that I found myself sitting there musing about all the other spots in my home where I might place more of them...like under the window some 10 feet away, imagining what a convenient window seat it would make...and just as I suspected: it certainly does!
The one I just purchased is going into my bedroom, to store off-season items that I prefer to have close at hand, as opposed to keeping them in various boxes and containers which use up all the space in my rather small closet.
Because of the ottoman's square corners, you can easily stash boxes and crates inside. A milk crate fit in neatly, along with the file container I use that stores all of my monthly bills and important papers...which means, if I had ANOTHER OF THESE in the living room under the window, I'd be able to finally consolidate all of the random boxes of documents and whatnot I wind up needing to access now and then throughout the year...such as warranties and notebooks, etc., etc..
Now, although I said it was sturdy, I don't think it's sturdy enough to house heavy items that you'll want to move around, because the bottom is made of a canvas-like material, upon which sits the sturdy insert that keeps the unit open (when you receive it the unit is flat, with sides that are folded in half). This means that lighter items such as bedding, linens and clothing will be light enough to sustain being moved around on occasion, without the integrity of the unit being compromised. So, if you use it to store heavy items, empty it before moving it around...unless you're skilled enough to make a wheeled platform for it...which is not all that difficult!
I emptied three containers of clothing into it, and found it moved quite nicely ( making sure I supported the bottom) without my worrying that it would ever fall apart...but paper and books is a whole other ball game, as there are no handles, and the bottom is cloth.
Despite the fact that there's no handles, I still give it a five star rating. The construction is very nice, with a very 'rich' look to it, and it will definitely be a boon to anyone who wants to get rid of their clutter, while keeping it all handy!
Before I end this review I would like to say one more thing about using it as a seat: I weigh 150 pounds. Having read some consumer questions for items like this, I made a point of wiggling a bit while sitting. It seems that the unit will definitely hold up to company using it as an extra comfy seat, or for you to rest upon, change shoes, even spend a good deal of time on...but I don't recommend treating it roughly, or using it to stand on. It's more a work of art that also serves a purpose, so treat it kindly and it should be with you for decades to come!
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ShopperGirl1985 A Good Purchase
I was looking for an inexpensive storage ottoman and decide to order this one. The first ottoman I received was slit down the side. It looks like something may have happened at the warehouse. I called Customer Service, and was quickly and professionally advised. I returned the ottoman to my local store - again - a very easy transaction. I reordered the ottoman, which I received three days later. It is actually a very nice piece. It certainly looks like leather. It is sturdy and roomy for storage. I am very happy with my purchase.
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MELill Great Ottoman
I really like the ottoman. It arrived in a flat box and was easily put together. I think it has a very nice appearance and is large enough to put throw blankets into. I have it in my living room for blanket storage and a foot rest. My 12 year old sits on it while playing video games. Overall, I think it is a great value! I am glad I made the purchase.