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.
But then there would be times that one or two of the family members would just feel like eating a little snack, and the dining table would then be too big for a solitary snack, or a smaller meal. The kitchen table is the alternative place for these informal, but just as essential, bonding moments over food. Anyone can prepare a snack right in the kitchen and eat it right there, too. And anyone is also welcome to join him and share the snack. The convenience of a table in the kitchen invites family members to sit down and keep each other company, whatever time of the day.
Kitchen tables offer flexibility to modern families where people can eat according to their own schedules while still being in the social hub of the home, the kitchen. While dinner is being prepped, the rest of the family can sit around kitchen tables and discuss their day, or what is going on in their life. Kitchen tables are essentially the family water cooler. Unlike dining room tables, that seem formal, kitchen tables are comfortable places to be, sit, and talk about what is going on. And thanks to kitchen tables, instead of just being stuck in the kitchen working and being left out, the cook also gets to be a part of the conversation.