These boxes copied a school box design from my Grandfathers elementary school days in the early 1900's. I adopted the box for a gift box one time, it was so well received I added a wine glass holder in the head so that one can use the desk to write letters, pay bills, use a lap top and store your writing instruments. We have given these as gifts to friends and family over the years. They are solidly built, light and strong. And a great piece for the couch hardware.