We have a little breakfast nook with viewing access to the TV, so that's where we'll sit if we are eating. I don't snack much at home, but if I do it's usually something I can hold and eat without having to set it down somewhere. We have a shelf in that space, so that's where we can set things we want to keep in that room. Knowing our habits I was always afraid our coffee table would accumulate mail and other clutter. If the room was much larger we might have decided to get one. I just hate walking around them. At times it's inconvenient, but I think its absence is probably a good thing in our case.