we can eat together as a family. We have moved the dining room over by the fireplace so that everyone can get around the table without bumping into either the bar or the doors. This may seem like a small thing but it has been years since Owen and the kids and I have had enough room or chairs to be able to sit together and eat. This table has a leaf so that we can have family over for a meal as well. Also this table is ready for a game of Hearts or Shang-Hi.