Reading other reviews and viewing the pictures of this bench it appeared to be a good deal for a nice piece of furniture. We were wrong. Although this looks nice and sturdy, it is extremely flimsy. Once we had put it together, the bench had a lot of lateral play in it making it less than ideal to actually use as a bench when putting shoes on and taking them off (safety concerns). The bench also took several weeks of airing out in order to get the "fresh staining" smell out of it. We'd often have to leave the chest part open to allow the fumes to escape otherwise you'd be overcome by it when you'd open it, every time.
We ended up having to get a large piece of thick plywood to cut down, fit, and secure into the back of the bench in order to make it sturdy enough to sit on. I'm not sure the bench is going to or would survive a move for those who move a lot with their jobs.
Bottom line: Take your money elsewhere.
For the price of $$$, this was acceptable quality. For $$$ or less, it would be perfect. It went together with no issues. My husband and I did it in less than an hour. The cam locks didn't want to turn completely and it's still a tad wobbly once assembled. We won't be sitting on it often though. Also, a little more red once we got it in the living room. It will serve its purpose for now, but it's not a piece I will rave about and certainly won't last beyond 5-6 years.