The stool can be used for many tasks. At Its tallest it can be used as a task chair for a desk or low counter, or it can be shortened and used to examine items nearer the floor., or, if you lock the wheels, as a stepstool The seat has thick padding making the cushion very comfortable. I also purchased the back so that I can use it while seated at my desk. The styling is extremely pleassing, and you can personalize the stool by choosing a color to match your decor. I am very pleased with the chair. i was unable to find another with these features.