This is a fabulous piece of furniture. My husband wasn't keen but I could see our 16 month old in it, stamping his little feet in excitement at being in it. That is exactly what happened. He asks to go in as he loves being in there. He's done drawing whilst I've cooked, played with kitchen utensils, been kept safe and out of the way (and the dishwasher!) and it is THE best place for hiding and playing peek-a-boo. He loves being able to see what's going on in the kitchen and can now do so from a really safe vantage point - whilst still feeling that he's being involved.
I was concerned that it would be quite an imposition in the kitchen but it is a neat, compact piece of beautifully made furniture that really takes up very little space. It is brilliant and I really recommend it.