I absolutely love this table for my family of 5 (3 young children). I don't put anyone on one end, but the baby sits in her chair on the other end and there is still room for us to move around and she can't reach our plates. In other words, plenty of room. But here is one mistake you should watch out for - this table is really easy to take care of, so don't mess it all up by using something like Pledge on it. I sprayed it the other day, thinking it would give it a nice shine (which is already has, so I have no idea what I was thinking) and it made all these water-mark type marks on it, totally freaking me out and thinking I ruined it. Luckily, I decided to just spritz some water on it and wash all that Pledge junk off, and thankfully we are all good now - no marks. So just wash it with water and maybe some light soap, no need to scrub. I love this table - the rich color, the simplicity, and I put it together on my own in 15 minutes. You will need 2 people to lift it up, though, then put furniture pads on the bottom and slide into place. No chairs matched it perfectly, but the Leather Bi-Cast in Espresso is what we have and we think they look awesome. Easy clean up for kids too. Just don't let them "file" their nails on them. Came very well packaged, I was impressed. A beautiful finish to the table, and fast shipping make me love this table.