I want to redesign the kitchen table, to help improve family interaction, whether it be shape, size, material or integrating an organizing system to declutter the table or something to promote more cooking... I wanted to know what everyone does at the kitchen table, what meals they eat there, when they have guests over, when you are cooking/doing homework. What do you think would make the kitchen table better? Or the kitchen in general. Any comments would be really useful to my research
Our table is not in the kitchen. It is in the living/dining room, next to the kitchen. We eat 3 meals a day at it. Usually only the DCs and I eat together, but at weekends, DH eats with us too.
Ours is a rectangular table which seats 6 people and can be expanded with an extra panel to seat 8-10. I like it, but when I was a child, we had a round table which sat 4 and could be expanded into an oval to seat 8-10. I think the round table was excellent for us as a family. Everyone sat together equally rather than the children squabbling over who sits next to who or who sits at the end.
Ours gets used for work as well as eating, but I try to clear it before each meal, which prevents much clutter from building up on it.