My kitchen is rather small for such a larger home space and it is where we usually congregate. My boyfriend and both enjoy eating meals at the table and enjoying our kitchen when reading, doing homework, or enjoying internet. The kitchen is the hot spot in the house because all three walls have a large window that allows light inside. We originally had planned on buying a kitchen table but after seeing this on sale, we knew we had to get it. I am in love with it. The island has shelves all the way around it as well as drawers and cabinets underneath it for ultimate storage. We can store our books, kindles, laptops, and other items on the island along with our favorite kitchen items. The island didn't come with chairs so we purchased ours separately. It was only a minor inconvenience buying chairs separately. The white color looked nice but I actually painted ours a sky blue color so that it fit in with the decor of our kitchen. It looks nice and we use it daily for eating and a small work space. The island is big enough that we can eat and work comfortably but small enough so that it still seems quaint and keeps us close.