The kitchen table will also be an ideal space for matters not related to food. It can be a place to sort laundry, or to go through the mail. It will be the ideal "studio" to let kids do their arts and crafts, because it is very near the washing area or sink (and it will also prevent the dining table from unsightly stains, and consequently keep it beautiful for visitors or hosting occasions). Wood tables can be maintained and kept beautiful with a cleaning solution of some oil and citrus (like orange or lemon oil). These will remove stains and smells and maintain the sheen of the surface if used regularly. Cracks or grooved surfaces on the table can be cleaned with an old tooth brush or cotton swab.
During house parties, the kitchen table can serve as the bar table while the dining table becomes the buffet. On more ordinary days, children coming in from playtime can run straight to the kitchen table, and get biscuits from the cookie jar that is always ready on top of it. If a kitchen table has space for little hands, parents can let their children help them with mixing the batter for a sumptuous cake, while teaching them important skills and secret recipes. A child who is worried about something can talk with a parent privately while they share a midnight snack of milk and crackers.
Placing a dependable table in the kitchen means creating yet another space that can make the entire family feel truly at home. For the person who cooks, there is a certain satisfaction that can be derived in being able to prepare food for the family. For the others, there is a sense of security in knowing that good food is always waiting at home. Even merely sitting down in the kitchen can be very relaxing, because of the familiar and comforting smells of food that surround it. The kitchen table can be a tool not just for keeping the family nourished, but for creating memories and making relationships stronger.