The use of the dining area is expanding, let it fulfill all purposes. It's a fact that we spend more and more time by the dining table. Yes, we still have our meals there - but it is also the place for work, gift wrapping, homework, playing board games and so on. The large surface invites you to enjoy more activities than just eating. Why shouldn't it also be comfortable? The meal is finished but the conversation isn't - make it as comfortable as possible.