Darrah Upholstered Storage Bench by Charlton Home Review


Storage benches are a very versatile addition to any home, and they are relatively inexpensive pieces of furniture that can do a lot for you. Not only do they offer space to stow folded blankets at the end of your bed, board games in the den, or seasonal items throughout the year, but they give a lot of style to your home ensemble and add an extra spot to sit as well that will be very welcome on those big family get-togethers. As an example, this storage ottoman is very traditional and is made of a solid maple wood frame that is built on top of four turned feet. It has linen upholstery as well that is dotted with nailhead trim.

What Charlton Home does is create furniture items that are inspired by the hassle-free elegance and attraction of high-class living. They love to celebrate choice living and décor items that are infused with modern charm yet have tons of traditional appeal. They aim to provide furniture solutions that are a throwback to a time that was more classy and sassier, when home décor items worked year in and year out, regardless of time or location.

Whenever you purchase online items from Wayfair, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to know what you will get, and when. That is why we comb through customer reviews, product specs, manufacturer instructions, pros and cons, insider tips and tricks, pricing points and offers, and other relevant points so that you can make as informed an ottoman purchase decision as possible. Read on below for our comprehensive review of this item. Take some of the points with a pinch of salt since not all customer reviews are reliable!


This item provides you with extra bedroom storage that can go a long way for you, especially when it’s as all-out elegant as this upholstered storage bench. It makes the perfect footrest or foot-of-bed bench. This is an ottoman that features linen upholstery with nailhead trim along the bottom edge. It comes with a tufted diamond design that adds extra comfort for seating and has a safety-hinged lid. The ottoman provides an elegant addition to any room in the house and has a maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds.

The main upholstery material of this item is linen. It includes storage space, of course, as well as a flip top lid. The legs are dark brown and the wood species used in the construction of the item is maple. The primary wood species is espresso. In terms of product care, wipe this item with a clean damp cloth or use an upholstery cleaner such as Woolite or Scotchgard to keep your ottoman looking like new.

With a seating capacity of 2, this item is made in China. Assembly is required and it comes with a 1-year warranty. It is also AZO free and comes with a Proposition 65 warning that is used by companies to indicate to consumers that the item is free of hazardous and harmful chemicals and materials.

Nothing is as disappointing as finding that the perfect ottoman does not fit in your room or living space. It is for this reason that it is essential to go through the dimensions of all the furniture you buy before making an actual purchase. The Darrah Upholstered Storage Bench is no different, so here are its dimensions.

Smaller Size

  • Overall Dimensions: 17″ H x 29″ W x 17″ D
  • Overall Width – Side to Side: 29”
  • Seat Height – Floor to Seat: 17”
  • Leg Height – Top to Bottom: 6”
  • Storage Space Width – Side to Side: 27”
  • Overall Product Weight: 22 lb.

Larger Size

  • Overall Dimensions: 17″ H x 44″ W x 17″ D
  • Overall Width – Side to Side: 44”
  • Seat Height – Floor to Seat: 17”
  • Leg Height – Top to Bottom: 6”
  • Storage Space Width – Side to Side: 42”
  • Overall Product Weight: 29.5 lb.

Other Dimensions

  • Overall 17” H x 17” D
  • Storage Compartment 8.5” H x 14.38” D

Available Select Upholstery

This ottoman is upholstered in linen and has hardware made of wood and it is made of solid maple and espresso wood. It comes in these colors:

  • Beige
  • Charcoal (currently out of stock)
  • Gray
  • Violet

Since these are rather neutral tones, they help this stand fit into most design and theme aesthetics without any major issues. If you want some pop or color, either go for a headboard that comes with different finishing or color options, or purchase drapes, rugs, mats, vases, paintings, or other items that will help enliven your room without detracting too much from the ottoman itself as the centerpiece of your home sitting or storage ensemble.


All the prices are only for reference, Exact price will be based on the latest quotation.

This ottoman is available at between about $90 and $99 for all color options except for violet which costs $160. At that price, you still stand to save as much as 51% savings off the base price of the ottoman which is about $320. If you want, you can purchase full optional assembly for this ottoman for $65.99 more. This service is provided by Handy and they will open, set up, and arrange your ottoman in the room of your choice, and they will dispose of all packaging material as well. You can save 25% on this service with the MYWAY card, and you can even save $40 on $250 with the Wayfair credit card.

Furthermore, in case you cannot or do not want to pay the full price for this ottoman up front, you can buy it using a customer-friendly payment from Affirm which costs $10 a month. You can also purchase convenient protection plans for your ottoman. Two plans are available, and both plans are priced at a relatively low price point. The 3-year plan costs $16.99 and the 5-year plan costs $25.99.


One buyer said she got these in beige 27” for her closest and they look just like in the pictures. She got different benches before this one but they had a weird smell that wouldn’t go away. This one is different, no funny smell. The seating cushion is super comfy, and the lid stays open till you’re ready to close it. Very children friendly! However, this ottoman is not as high as you might have assumed based on the online pictures. In any case, the price makes it worth it. It works well with king beds. One buyer who got the light gray version said she wished it was a bit darker. It has a slight green tinge (green-gray) which she did not like and it looks different from the photo, but for the length and price, it’s fine.


On the other side of the fence, some customers said that this bench is terribly made. The stitching on the side is sometimes crooked, the studs are sometimes poorly applied and are really cheap, and there can be chips on the legs as well. Some customers submitted return requests for this item and were overall highly disappointed. Another buyer who purchased the gray version received a beige color. She returned it and received another beige one. She said that if this is Wayfair’s idea of gray, she will not be ordering again. Furthermore, some buyers felt it was not worth the price. It seemed to be too small and low quality for the cost, as evidenced by the foam starting to sag soon after purchase.

Other buyers said they would not have purchased this ottoman if they had seen it in person. To them, it does not look or feel like a quality piece. The beige is a very, very pink and the nailhead trim is sometimes crooked on the back.

All in all, those who gave this item a negative review said they were not super impressed with this piece of furniture. Some felt like they overpaid for an uncomfortable piece of furniture. The nail trim is actually one long strip of fake trim wrapped around the bottom of the bench. From the description, it might look like you were getting individual, normal nail trim. Once it is bumped with someone’s foot, it will probably loosen up. The top of the bench is very hard, like sitting on a board. The overall appearance is fine from a distance, but not great like the color, legs, and look. Once you sit on it and look at it closer, then you can see the less than expected quality.


All in all, this is a functional yet cheap item to buy. It may be somewhat off looks in terms of what you expect and what you get, but the colors go well with most buyers, and this is a decent and simple ottoman that can bring a healthy amount of fashion and function to your home bedroom or living room ensemble. If you want a good-looking ottoman for your home, the Darrah Upholstered Storage Bench by Charlton Home is a decent item to choose.

In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from furniture companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews.

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