If you're like me your living room also doubles as a dining room (and every other common space possible). Our living room is tiny. Like definitely not big enough for a kitchen table tiny. So a drop leaf table is pretty much the perfect solution. It's small, perfect for two for everyday use, but extends on both sides to seat 6-8 comfortable if we have company. I love drop leaf tables because they look great as side tables and entryway consoles, but also work really well as kitchen tables. In our case, it enables us to get the most function out of our space, while also looking good (which is always the goal isn't it?). I also like that we can accessorize it as a side table with flowers, a tray, and accessories when we aren't using it.