Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

You can check the answer of the people under the question at Quora “coffee tables to eat on

0 thoughts on “Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?”

  1. Anything eaten on a sofa with a coffee table in front is NOT a dinner. It could be a large snack, but definitely not a dinner.
    Also, why should I want to eat uncomfortably, when I have a dining table available? Why should I be sure to stain my shirt or my pants, when I have a the availability of a dining table?
    Ok, I can comfortably have some crackers, or small canapé, or popcorn while on my sofa, but I can’t call it a dinner!

    Reply
  2. I’d much rather be sitting at a table but my apartment isn’t big enough to hold my TV, computer, living room furniture AND a dining table.

    Reply
  3. I love family dinners at the table and I will tell you why… In my house, when parents, grandparents, children, cousins, neighbors, guests, friends… whomever… gather around the table… we talk. We chat about our day and our upcoming plans, we share stories. We laugh.

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    sitting at the table is much less about formality as much as it is about engaging together . we taste new recipes. we share our adventures. we celebrate birthdays and holidays. and we come together.
    we share more than food, we share love
    if I am home alone. I am content eating my dinner anyplace.. outside on the porch.. at the table or on the couch watching a movie. but when others are with me, the table
    thank you Wajid Maroof for asking me this question 🙂
    photo credits: my own cooking (top pic), my little cousin on Air Force leave from Guam came over for my breakfast (2nd photo), my daughter & her buddy in hysterics out for family dinner (3rd pic), celebrating my sweet nephew’s birthday (4th photo)

    Reply
  4. We almost always sit on the floor in front of the couch and eat dinner at the coffee table. I like to kneel on the wood floor at the low table. It’s my spot. I’ve given up on living room rugs due to spills.
    We don’t eat on the sofa because it’s velvet and nice.
    Sometimes we eat on the picnic table outside; it’s rare we sit at the dining table with chairs. Mostly that table is where I write – it isn’t a comfortable spot for eating. My daughter knows how to be polite and sit at a dinner table but we’ve never made it a thing we do at home.
    I’m moving to a place where we won’t watch television in the livingroom. That’s always been a fantasy of mine. The new house has a real dining room with easy access to the kitchen. I wonder if I’ll use the table or still insist on sitting on the floor?

    Reply
  5. 🥴😊
    Both.
    When Im with my kid sisters and we’re having our favorite feast, we like to watch movies together. Disney+. Netflix. Amazon Prime. Etc.
    If Im alone, I prefer to eat on the dining room table because its more convenient and easier to keep clean.
    🥴 Ive thought about putting a tv in the dining room. But it conflicts with the tv noise from the living room and it keeps us on the dining room table longer.
    😄 Otherwise, Ive had tvs in my dining rooms before. Was our thing with our mother. To feast and watch movies.

    Reply
  6. Depends on what’s for dinner. Messier foods, like soup, at the table. Easier finger foods like wings on the couch if I want to watch tv.

    Reply
  7. Dining room table. I grew up eating TV dinners in front of the television and I hated it it. When I married a woman with children I insisted that we make regular meals and that we all eat together as a family.

    Reply
  8. I prefer and most enjoy eating with family and friends.
    That means a dining table 98% of the time. That dining table could be a formal setting, in a restaurant, or a picnic table.

    Reply
  9. Thank you for the A2A.
    Personally, I prefer to eat at a dining table simply because I find it more comfortable. Thinking about the logistics, sitting on a sofa and eating off a plate/tray/pot etc that is situated on a coffee table implies me having to bend down to grab the food. I find this to be quite impractical because of a few things. Namely, when I bend to eat the food so as to not drop it on the floor by accident, my stomach hurts because it gets compressed, and suppresses my appetite for a few moments. Then if I decide not to bend down and eat while sitting upright, there is a high chance that I will drop my food. Yup.
    As an alternative, I have tried to just sit on the floor and eat food off of a coffee table, but it is not as comfortable as eating at a dining table while sitting on a chair.
    And that is the point where I wanted to get. I find it much more comfortable to eat at a dinner table because of the level that my food is at. Assuming that the sitting surface of a chair and sofa are found at a relatively similar level height-wise, a dining table and coffee table are quite different in that sense. The eating surface of the dining table can be even twice as high as that of a coffee table, which combined with the height of the seat, allows for much better posture while eating.
    Again, this is just a personal preference.

    Reply
  10. It’s an interesting question. It used to be that I would prefer to either sit at a dining or kitchen table to eat dinner but it was mostly when eating with others + for serving the food. But these days I usually prefer preparing a plate, then taking it with whatever else I need to a small side table by the sofa + have it while watching something on T.V.

    Reply
  11. I always sit at the table. Never on the couch in the living room. My children were trained that way also, but none of them do it now. All eat in the living room with the TV. I never allowed it to be on during dinner either. At dinner, we always discussed what was going on in everyone’s life. Brought us all up to date.

    Reply
  12. It depends. I love to drag my food to bed when I am alone and it’s not too much of a hassle to get it eaten. I.e: a steak with sauce and a baked potato doesn’t go well on my knees in bed. But stew or something like that makes it nice to sit under the blankets and watch tv and munch.

    Reply
  13. I most often eat alone at my coffee table. If my son is home for dinner or my boyfriend is over, we ge really watch a movie while we eat, so we also sit at the coffee table in the living room.
    For special dinners, like Easter/Christmas/etc, we sit at the dining table in the dining room, and I tell them we’re pretending to be adults.

    Reply
  14. It depends on who is in the house for dinner and what we are having. If it’s just the two of us and it’s leftovers, we’re more likely to grab the TV trays and plop down on the couch. If we have guests, dinner will be at the dining room table. Formal holiday dinners are always at the table with as many extra chairs as we can get. Or, if we are having something especially messy, or something fancier than our normal fare, we’ll eat at the table.

    Reply
  15. When I sit on the sofa eating, I have my little dog, Coach, edging closer and closer hoping for a snack. And I’m a messy eater—-food can go everywhere.
    If I sit st the table, Coach is not even visible and the food manages to make it from my plate to my mouth relatively smoothly.
    The table. Absolutely.

    Reply
  16. I prefer to sit at the dinner table, because on the one hand I find it more comfortable and on the other hand it is much better for digestion, because you should sit up straight while eating, so it slides better;)

    Reply
  17. I probably eat in the dining table to keep my manners updated if you know what I mean, on a sofa is cozier and relaxing but maybe sometimes on special events or holidays

    Reply
  18. Both . As I usually eat alone then the coffee table in front of tv. Second lybunkess I’m eating with others and there is a set table then I’ll be civilised and eat there even sometimes saying grace

    Reply
  19. Hi and thank you for my kind of question
    Here’s the thing about me: I’m all or nothing. Either I sit at a dining room table, covered of course, with three but preferably four pieces of “silver” and two or more plates for my food.
    OR, I eat in bed with my bowl on my chest and a table spoon and drink on the night stand.
    So it’s whether I’m channeling my fastidious mother who had to prepare meals for guests in our house while dad was town mayor.
    Or, I’m living the college dorm life I was deprived of by Vietnam where I ate on steel trays on the mess decks for six f’ing years. Two of my eight years I was on shore duty and ate dinner at home in the kitchen with my wife and little kid-lets, at the kitchen table with no table cloth and one fork and a knife if the meat was tough.

    Reply
  20. I prefer sitting down at the dinner table to eat…
    Reason…my two sons installed a television by the table and we don’t skip a beat either eating or watching our favorite major league baseball team play

    Reply
  21. It depends.
    Now that my kids are grown and out of the house, my husband and I often binge-watch TV shows and eat dinner with TV trays on the couch.
    When guests come over (or used to anyway pre-pandemic) and for holidays or special events, we eat at the dining room table.
    Sometimes we just eat at the table if we feel like.
    We’ve never been big on formality, so sitting on the couch is fine most of the time now.
    Besides, our cats love to snuggle with us on the couches. They can’t do that at the dinner table.

    Reply
  22. Sometimes one, sometimes the other. It depends on when and why, and even what may be on the menu.
    When it’s a celebration, the dining room table is the only place large enough to seat everyone. When it’s just my bride and me, the couch or even the floor can be the spot.

    Reply
  23. I know, it´s far more comfortable to eat on a sofa, with a coffee table in front of you, the same applied to the others. More relaxing, masterly like … But I´d rather sit at a dining table. I believe it has to do with the posture, the discipline, tradition, habit. Avoiding a prolongation, some eventual laziness, the possible affectation of vigour.

    Reply
  24. Nearly every meal we have at home is on the couch off the coffee table. We always have some favorite show we like to stream, so we stream it while we eat.
    But if I still had kids at home, I’d want to eat around the dinner table. I think that family time is important.

    Reply

  25. Reply
  26. Definitely at a dining-table. A sofa is kind of soft, and difficult to sit up at eat while sitting on it.
    In fact most choking-incidents happen from people eating something while lying on the sofa; look at George W. Bush.

    Reply
  27. 🥴😊
    Either.
    As I turned into an adult, I just started eating on the dining table by default.
    Easier to keep clean.
    But when my parents were alive, all of us would eat family dinners in the living room while watching movies together.

    Reply
  28. I prefer to have my dinner on the sofa (not with a coffee table in front). I find it more comfortable. I like to part-sit and part-lie across the sofa with a pillow underneath my plate or a tray. Being on the sofa while ‘dinnering’ (!) also means I can watch TV (except the news; I don’t watch that).
    Sometimes, I like sitting on the floor for dinner; kinda like a picnic. I’ll lay something on the floor to sit on, lay out my food and do my thing. I find it comforting.
    I have a dining table but I don’t have my dinner on it. I tend to use it as a desk.

    Reply
  29. I’m 82 this year and I have 3 choices in my house where I want to eat; either at my dining room table, in my kitchen I pull out a drawer and I have a special piece of plywood that covers it so that’s my dinner table for a quick meal; then I have a special piece of cloth covered plywood custom cut that I put on my recliner arms so that I can have my dinner there if I want too.
    It helps to be a Former Shop Teacher! I do a tremendous amount of woodworking and furniture refinishing and designing sayings that I build for myself but my specialty is refurbishing old furniture we’re talkin furniture that was built before 1900. That’s why I have two shops not one so that I have enough floor space for all my equipment and tools which is quite extensive. I’ve been putting my shop together for the past 60 years so that’s why I have a fairly decent shop and I don’t have a lot of money tied up in it I look at some of these new shops that are on the YouTube that are unbelievable. I may have 28 $30,000 invested in my equipment and tools but that would be pushing it. When you spread that over 50-60 years you haven’t spent that much at any one time. I look at these YouTube wood shops and I’m saying they got almost $100,000 tied up in equipment and tools it’s unbelievable

    Reply
  30. Depends if my sofa is facing the tv and my favorite movie is goin on then the sofa is the place, if no tv then the dinner table with a newspaper to catch up the news which I missed in last 24 hours

    Reply
  31. It depends on what I’m eating. If it’s just pizza or hamburgers the sofa is fine. If it’s something messier I would rather sit at a dining table.

    Reply
  32. I (nearly) always eat at the dining table. I don’t like to eat in an armchair or on my sofa. I also don’t have a TV anywhere near my dining table. I have always done this. No TV during meal times, (also no mobile phones or other devices).
    The only exception to this is on the very rare occasion (about once every 6 weeks) that I treat myself to a takeaway meal, pizza/fish & chips/KFC something that is “finger food”. Anything else is at the table.

    Reply
  33. I prefer the dining table. But I rarely eat at home because of my work hours, so it’s not really a big concern for me.
    I know some people are very particular about where they eat, how often they eat, and other details.
    I personally hate food. I know I must eat, and I can prepare really good meals, but I’m mindlessly bored with food. I think too much emphasis is placed on having food as a primary focus. There’s so much more to life – and when so many people are poor, worrying about their next meal, I think worrying about “proper” eating is a little pretentious.

    Reply
  34. Usually on the sofa at the coffee table so I can watch t,v. I used to live in a mobile home where the kitchen/dining room was an open area with the living room that was separated by a bar. I always ate at the bar. Never used the dining room table.

    Reply
  35. Dining table.
    Using a TV tray is acceptable but more of a hassle than just sitting at the dining table.
    Of course, whichever one someone is more used to and found comfortable, would be acceptable.

    Reply
  36. I was so excited when we moved into our new apartment. Because we actually have a dining room. Well we down sized from a 2 bedroom apt to a 1 bedroom apt, though it has more square footage. Being that we live car free on a local level using recumbents and a bicycle trailer for groceries and errands. And being married to a musician to boot leaves little room for space. We use our dining room for the electric drum set and bikes. So in answering your question, I’d love to set up the dining room as a dining area. Someday…. In the meantime we use our coffee table or the kitchen bar.

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Reply
  37. Since I live alone, I prefer the sofa (or my recliner) to setting up a formal place at the table. Don’t have to make a special trip with my coffee when I’m finished eating.

    Reply
  38. It depends. I am single and live alone – if eating by myself I prefer to eat from my coffee table while watching TV or at my desk while I’m working. But, when I have company it’s always the dining room at the table. If I was in a relationship with someone I would like to alternate between the coffee table and dining room table – to eat at the dining room table does make meals feel more special but I do like my comfort as well. As a kid growing up we always ate at the kitchen table and on Sundays and special occasions always at the dining room table. If I did have a family (kids) we would eat at the dining room or kitchen table as that teaches good manners which again is how I grew up and still have those good manners to this day.

    Reply
  39. Hi Wajid, we normally sit around a table in the kitchen, casual but it’s easy to eat at… sometimes do the coffee table in the lounge for TV nights and round the dining table for big dinners and formal sort of things.

    Reply
  40. Where you eat does not matter because the food items will fulfill the sole purpose of eating food.one should relish the food although when you sit in comfortable place.obviously you feel better.

    Reply
  41. I would prefer to eat at my dining table. However, the reality is that my dining table is covered in junk. I usually eat at my computer desk, just as I did when I worked in an office.

    Reply
  42. I was taught to eat at the table. Now, there have been times when we’ve eaten in the sofa. Usually when people come over and there’s not enough room on the table. And I m not a fan of eating in a bedroom. My first choice is eating meals/snacks at the dininhg/kitchen table.

    Reply
  43. At home I prefer to dine on a dining table both with my family and alone as well. I find it more comfortable. In absence of company I usually browse with a tab or watch television.
    Although our table could seat upto 8 members I preferably avoid if there are more than 6 people dining at the same time.
    In early childhood I was attuned to mostly sitting on floor mat or on sofa with coffee table watching TV in the living room. As we had only a one TV at home.

    Reply
  44. I always eat my meals sitting at dining room, dining table. I teach my children don’t bring food at any place in the hous because it cause ants, mouse and other fun animals.

    Reply
  45. Reclining on a couch in the Roman fashion was popular for about five centuries then fell out of favor when the barbarians invaded. It was briefly revived in the 19th century, but times had changed. It only works if you have a supply of attendants to bring you food in small bites, like the Chinese dim sum. You’d need a lot of attendants …

    Reply
  46. We don’t eat on the dining room table we have. It’s decorated seasonally so I hate the thought of messing with the decorations. But , I really like sitting at the dining room table with family and friends, sharing stories and events of the day over a good meal.

    Reply
  47. Once again I find myself shaking my head. When I eat, breakfast lunch or dinner I want to sit at the dining room table relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor.
    When I worked in restaurants you had to almost shovel the food down. Today at home I take about 20 — 30 minutes to have dinner. If I go out to dinner never less than 2 hours.
    Why would you not want to sit at a table ? Part of your question reminds me of a discussion many years ago. There is a time and place for everything. I don’t have a TV in my bedroom and no food is permitted in the bedroom.
    My friend said that I was regimented. I said no organized

    Reply
  48. Growing up as a child we ate every meal at the table, and it was nice. A perfect place for young children to learn and practice table manners, speaking and listening to dinner conversation and simple family togetherness.
    As an adult I do not mind eating at the table. The one thing I don’t like is eating from a soft squishy sofa. I need something firmer to sit on and I don’t much care for most coffee tables as they are too low to be comfortable and I dislike spilling food on furniture.
    Most days I eat my meals at my desk as I am usually working. It is a perfect surface, I can multi task if I need to, or I’ll tur…

    Reply
  49. Sir/Mm. This is your house; you enjoy your life the way you want.
    However: My family and I:
    When our kids were growing up, we all sit at the dining table, and all eat together.
    Kids used to set up the table, and my wife and I used to clean the table and kitchen.
    Now the kids are grown and gone. We two are left in the empty nest. We sit in the family room and use the coffee table and sofa.
    I believe for the growing family, and I feel a dining table is a good setup for meals and face-to-face contact with the whole family.
    For empty nester, it is up to them. Usually, we use as little as possible so that the cleaning does not become a chore.
    On a coffee table

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    On a dining table:

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Peet’s

    Reply
  50. I have spent many years of my life eating tuna fish out of the can over the kitchen sink because I didn’t have a lunch hour. I could stop at home during work delivering dental lab products. I checked the answering machine and get the hell back on the road. Sitting at a table set properly with another human being is a blessing. I was in food service earlier in my career and I learned the value of a properly appointed table. If the chef prepares a work of art in the kitchen, the dining room service is the picture frame.

    Reply
  51. Dinner is such an important meal. As a mother of two boys. The coffee table would be totally out of the question. I would have more food on the floor then in the boys. Table, always the table. TV off no electronics of any kind. It’s a time for conversation.

    Reply
  52. I live alone so I eat in the living room with a tray table whike I watch TV. But when I’m with others I’d prefer to sit at a table with them.

    Reply
  53. We ate mostly breakfast and holiday meals at the dining table, but since COVID work from home started, my dining table has become my office. My husband likes to eat later and I prefer to eat earlier as it helps me manage my night time blood sugars better so it is easier for me to eat my dinner as I watch the evening news, and the hubby whenever he is ready also in the living room.

    Reply
  54. For myself, I’d rather eat at a coffee table, but sitting on the floor so that the table would be at the right height. I wouldn’t want a sofa at all. But since I live in my van, it’s an irrelevant point. I got a lap tray to eat off of. It’s been almost nine years since I’ve had any kind of furniture or anywhere to put that sort of thing. Too big, too heavy, too impractical. If I lived in a traditional place, furniture would be in my way. I have a heart condition, so I wouldn’t be able to move a sofa to rearrange the room or even just to do the vacuuming. But I’m not sure I’ll ever have a “real” place to live, so I haven’t given much thought to how I’d adapt to that sort of environment.

    Reply
  55. Sofa and coffee table.. I live alone so sitting at a table alone isn’t much fun . But even growing up we had a tv in every room. So most meals the tv was on even if no one was watching

    Reply
  56. I used to eat from a TV tray table. similar to this.

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    When my Mother passed I got her typewriter table (my Dad made in the wood shop where he taught auto mechanics) It has wheels an one side has a curve cut out so it goes over my legs. My former dinning table is now my sewing table.

    Reply
  57. Always at a table. We love eating on the round glass table on our screen porch. In winter we’re forced indoors and eat on the dining room table.

    Reply
  58. My Nan would kill me if she ever found out but I’m so busy these days I’m usually standing when I eat.
    Dinner is the only exception where I sit down to eat and I recently invested in a new dining table to make a conscious effort to justify spending the money

    Reply
  59. I almost “passed” on your question. I have never thought about sitting on my sofa to eat. It’s most likely because I do not own a TV nor a coffee table. So, for me, sitting down at the dining table and enjoying my meal is an every day event. To each his/her preference.What ever works for you and your life style is fine with me, just do not ask me over for a meal and expect me to eat sitting on your sofa !!

    Reply
  60. When I’m home, it’s just me and my cat. (Which is the majority of meals.) Eating on the couch (and sometimes standing in the kitchen,) is just fine with me.
    If I go to a restaurant solo (most of the time,) or with a small group, I want a sit-down restaurant with a server, real flatware and ceramic plates, (not plastic wear and disposable plates, ) and a cheery atmosphere.
    Thanks for asking!

    Reply
  61. I prefer to eat my meals seated at the dining table. I prefer to engage in exchanges with my wife whilst we dine together.
    Such opportunities would be reduced to badinage were we to eat on the sofa with the coffee table in front of us, because that would mean our being in the living room where the television was, and invariably the set would be on, and rather than discussing our day, or our plans/aspirations our conversation would be either small talk, or not exist at all; Rather than being a couple, we’d merely be existing individually, eventually becoming strangers whilst “the devil’s eye” monopolised what ought to have been quality time we shared getting to know one another.
    At the dining table we share courtesies, and pleasantries that demonstrate, in action, words, and deeds, the tender affections we share toward one another, these manifestations of our respect and love for one another would not exist in a benighted room dominated, and our attentions/conversation monopolised by a television set, while we sat transfixed by non-existent approximations of people living lives that we ought to have been, while instead of engaging in meaningful conversation, we’d end up rudely shushing one another, all the while mindlessly shovelling unevenly warmed up t.v. dinners into our mouths.
    I much prefer to take the time to set the table and enjoy the thoughtfully prepared meal made with love, at the dining table, engaged in meaningful conversation with the woman I’m in love with.
    Live your life yourself, with your spouse/significant other, and do not let non existent entities spend your allotted time together for you instead.
    Carlos.

    Reply
  62. Hi Wajid: When we were young, my whole family ate at the dining table every night. But now, It’s only my mom and I so we eat all our meals in my room watching TV while we eat. So, to answer your question I would rather eat on the sofa.

    Reply
  63. I don’t ever sit on the sofa to eat. I always eat at the dining room table. If I sat on the sofa the cats and dogs would abscond with any food I was eating.

    Reply
  64. I grew up in a family where meals were served at the dining room table and my wife and I continue to do that. Very occasionally we will eat while watching TV but not very often.

    Reply
  65. I’ve recently gone back to the table, don’t know why usually ate at the couch with my feet up, and of course food all over me for years. Those day are over. To the table I will eat..

    Reply
  66. I grew up during the time that meals were eaten at the table and electronics consisted mainly of the TV and 3 channels. The TV wasn’t on during meals.
    Good family times as well as bad circulated around the dinner table.
    Now that I’m a widow and alone. A TV tray or the coffee table will suffice.

    Reply
  67. My heavy meal is lunch at noon which I eat at the dining table. At dinner time I may eat something very light with a snack later on which I eat using a tray in the living room.

    Reply
  68. I’ve eaten all kinds of ways, including the two in the question. My wife and I have always preferred to eat at a dining table while sitting in dining room chairs with a nice soft pad for your fanny. Ideally, the chairs would also have arm rests, so if the dinner lasts well into the second or third hour, you can sit back and rest your arms in between sips of wine or after dinner drinks.

    Reply
  69. Sitting up to eat is better for the digestion. I don’t pass up many chances to eat (HA HA) so I can do it standing, sitting, leaning, or even reclining but prefer to sit at a table.

    Reply
  70. If it’s just everyday dinner we would usually eat on the sofa, but if it’s a special occasion (e.g. Christmas, having people round, etc) we would eat at the table because that’s when you want it to be special.

    Reply
  71. It really depends. By myself or just spouse, eating on a tray table in front of the tv is relaxing after a hard day. But always the dining table when the kids are home. Conversation is so important.

    Reply
  72. We did several years. We stopped & ate at the table. It’s more comfortable. Put a TV 📺 in your kitchen if you want to watch it while you’re eating 🍽. Do what you prefer. It’s the best thing to do.

    Reply
  73. I like eating my dinner on a sofa either with the food on my knee, or sitting on the floor with my dinner on the coffee table. I find it too formal sitting at a dining table.

    Reply
  74. Lol, THAT is exactly what we do,have our dinner on the couch with a coffee table in front of us.There are only two of us so we don’t need a dining table..no room for one anyway.

    Reply
  75. For actual preference I prefer my dinner served in front of a campfire while kicking back on my day hammock.
    If I have to decide between a sofa and a table I chose the sofa hands down. I don’t have a dining room table (or a dining room for that matter) in my 420 SQ FT apartment that I share with my GF.

    Reply
  76. Untill a few weeks ago, I used to eat my dinner in front of the tv, with some sort of placemat that you can put on your knees, and ate like that. Then my tv broke down, and i have not bothered to have it fixed as yet. If I really really want to watch something, I can stream it via my computer. Surprise surprise, I now sometimes eat at the dining table, where I can enjoy an expansive view, but most of the time, still eat on the sofa, with dinner on my lap. So obviously, that is the preferred method for me!!!

    Reply
  77. It depends on what we are having to eat. Last night we have steak and a salad and we ate at our dining room table. Tonight we are having a chicken/mac salad and we will eat in the living room. I have spinal stenosis and my hands shake so if it leaves grease stains we eat at the table. Salad on the other hand I can put a towel down on the rug and eat.

    Reply
  78. I live alone and I usually stand up in my kitchen and eat. My dog loves a good Pot Roast so when I have something like that and its good for him I sit on the floor and eat with him. If I’m watching something really interesting on TV, the couch is where I eat. I have a beautiful dining room but I rarely even go in there.

    Reply
  79. A dining table. If you’re on the sofa eating you’re probably watching TV; if it’s Friday night and you’ve just gotten a pizza, knock yourself out. But when your mind starts to associate eating on the couch, it’s very easy to start gaining extra weight.
    Plus, it limits the practice of good table manners and developing the…

    Reply
  80. Possible reasons to eat dinner on a sofa, rather than at a dining table: in a small apartment there is no dining table …and no dining room (what a waste of good space!); the game (or a good TV show…though rare) is on and I want to watch it while I eat; the ambient noise makes me feel less alone; it’s less messy than reading over an open book. Possible reasons to eat at the dining table: there is a dedicated dining room and it’s on the way to the sofa, hence essentially closer to the kitchen; the whole family is here and we’re hosting 10–25 people for dinner; the ambient space invites me to linger. Frankly: most times it’s more efficient to eat where you cook if it’s not a formal occasion. For that reason there is an island in my kitchen and seating for 4. Anything beyond that number means sitting at a table.

    Reply
  81. Dining table. Sitting on a sofa and having to lean forward whenever I wanted to take a bite would get uncomfortable and tedious. I even prefer to read sitting at our dining table, rather that while sitting on our sofa.

    Reply
  82. Food eaten while doing anything but sitting at a table is not ‘dinner’. It is snacking; mere eating. And usually worse; with false, non-dinner, distractions.
    Dinner occurs at a table with place settings, silver, and friends and family who eat and talk together. Even eating dinner alone – the others are still there in spirit.

    Reply
  83. Interesting question. At times dinner is suitable in a relaxed, comfortable setting – with friends, wine, scotch, great food…at other times, some formality is preferred which means decent clothing, appropriate table manners, exquisite food.
    So what would i prefer ? That would depend on the crowd, responsibilities really. I enjoy home made tacos. But olives, tuna, some bread are ok. I cook and bake technically so pastries and culinary dishes are doable

    Reply
  84. Growing up it was the dinner table. Our first child it was the dinner table, when my second child came along we gradually made it onto the couch and now we are happily watching Netflix while we eat and laughing together every night.

    Reply
  85. I always prefer to eat in front of the television on my sofa. There are times where what I am eating might be too messy, so if that’s the case I will eat at the dinner table versus messing up the sofa.Thanks for the question.

    Reply
  86. I very much prefer eating dinner with my family sitting at the table. Unfortunately, the reality is another. For the most part different schedules force us to eat alone most of the time and it makes me very sad. I have to learn to balance my life between work and family. If I could master this balance I would be a much happier individual. Amen to those who appreciate family and really can eat at the dinner table everyday.

    Reply
  87. Walid, I prefer to eat at the dining room table. I have been doing this for years and I find that it is the best way to have a conversation with other members of the family. Usually everyone is so busy that there is no time to find out about everyone’s day and any concerns they may have. Also it is easier to avoid spills which may occur eating at a coffee table. I would also find that having to lean over to reach my food would be uncomfortable.

    Reply
  88. Sitting at either isn’t an option for me. I have to recline due to a sitting disability. I have a reclining power chair but I only use it when out and about where I will exceed my ability to stand or walk.
    Instead we eat in the living room. My wife sits on one couch at the coffee table I recline on the other live seat with a standing foldable table. Been that way for over 15 years. I do bring in my chair for family dinners so I can be at the table with them. It rather large and takes up a lot of room.

    Reply
  89. Depends where I’m at. Unless I’m at Flix Brewhouse (a movie theater that I believe isn’t open due to COVID reasons) then at the table with my family.

    Reply
  90. I’m very clumsy and I can’t balance a tray of soup, beef in gravy and crème caramel on my knees without spilling it everywhere. I’d prefer a table, thanks.

    Reply
  91. we eat ALL our meals at the dining room table. sometimes we sit in silence after a long , hard day and just grunt. but most times we talk about our day, it’s bonding to us. very rarely maybe a few times a year we might eat on sofa if we are in the middle of a great show.

    Reply
  92. My dad was a night worker, so we never saw him at meal times, except on the weekends. So apart from weekends, I grew up eating my evening meal in front of the TV, it is a habit.

    Reply
  93. I live alone so I default to something like the sofa dining often. My kitchen is tiny with no more room than a small table in there being possible. I prefer to have more gadget pace than a table. The main room has a narrow rectangle shape so no place for a dining table.
    I am about to mount my TV on the wall and will end up with a work space and a desk vs the small table the pc is on so maybe I will end up using the small table as a dining location.

    Reply
  94. If I’m eating with other people I would rather sit around the dining table and have a meal. When I’m by myself I don’t care where I’m eating sitting on my sofa in front of the TV it doesn’t matter.

    Reply
  95. I would rather eat at a table, but I usually end of sitting on the floor and using the coffee table as a dining table. I think eating at a dining table is more sophisticated

    Reply
  96. I’v noticed on t.v. that so many people have transitioned to eating in the living room .
    The t.v. etc. has lured so many to that . We all seem to be addicted to entertainment in some form or another ! God forbid we rely on conversation , or even worse ? ? . . QUIET ! ! . . . 🔕. . . 📵 . . 🔇 . . . 😯
    It started years ago with t.v. dinners, followed by t.v. trays ! We settled for mundane food , instead of a home cooked meals , for what my mother used to call , “THE BOOB TUBE” ,(and no , I’m not talking about a woman’s breasts , that name was reserved for an idiot !) . . . 🤪
    I hope that the pendulum will swing back around and we’ll return to the good old days ! ! And the kitchen and dining room table will be used for more than Thanksgiving and Christmas ! . . . 🎄 . . . 🦃

    Reply
  97. It depends. If there’s something I want to watch on a big screen TV in my living room, then the former. Otherwise the latter if I have company or I can watch it or read a book on a tablet.

    Reply
  98. It depends, and neither of those predominates in my world.
    We don’t own a coffee table.
    I eat many meals while seated in a recliner.
    Most other meals are eaten at our kitchen table. Maybe it’s an USmerican thing, but many of us have eating tables in our kitchens plus a dining room.
    The dining room, aka my wife’s office, is used for special meals such as Thanksgiving and Christmas and maybe another 10 times a year.
    If I were at a party, a seat on the couch with a coffee table would be fine with me.

    Reply
  99. I would like to eat the dinner at the table when I have company. It is much easier and nicer and we all are facing each other.Everything we need is on the table and it still looks decent, not messy.
    When eating by myself- I do enjoy sitting at the coffee table, feet up and surrounded with small plates with different foods that I prepared and placed on my coffee table and my side table…. I am watching movie or something like that and picking from the plates what I want (like the Kings). It is kind of messy but not nasty. It is the freedom of choice.

    Reply
  100. Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?
    We haven’t had a dining table in our home for about 16 months. When we did have a dining table, we didn’t use it for it’s intended purpose. I don’t think I’ve owned a coffee table in over 20 years. The coffee table I did have was just a footlocker that I put in front of my sofa. Not something I could eat at. My husband and I often will eat either in the living room while watching something on Hulu or Netflix on the TV (we have a Roku) and have our plate or bowl either on the arm of the seat we’re using or on an end table next to the furniture we’re sitting on or we’re eating in bed and the plate or bowl will be on our nightstand or our lap.

    Reply
  101. With family, always at the dining table. When alone, either or. If it is fast foods, the sofa. If I cook, the dining table. Not sure why.

    Reply
  102. Completely dependant if by myself or with others. If I am sharing a meal with my wife, daughter or friends then it is always at the dining table unless of course we are having a bbq or just eating in the garden. If I am by myself, which I have been for the majority of these lockdowns. My desk is my preferred place to eat with the computer on.

    Reply
  103. Dining table, pretty much always. I don’t remember the last time I ate dinner on the couch.
    Sure, a bowl of popcorn or chips on the couch …. why not? But not a full meal.

    Reply
  104. Either, depending on my mood, what I’m doing, and whether I’m with another family member. If we’re eating together, we eat at the dining table. If I’m eating alone, like when they’re at work or asleep, I usually eat in a deep cushy chair in my room.

    Reply
  105. When my family still lived at home I preferred to have all of us together at the table. Now that the kids are grown and I live alone I don’t care where I eat

    Reply
  106. With family at the table is how I was raised to eat meals. It is a time family can come together and interact with one another void of outside noise and distraction especially if a television is present in the house at all. The invention of the ‘T.V. tray’ is divisive and harmful to family growth and connection let alone a coffee table. Those are for drinking a cup of coffee.

    Reply
  107. I don’t like to eat hunched over with my stomach squished. That being said, it’s less about where I eat and more about how I eat. I’m comfortable sitting on a floor with my legs crossed eating off a coffee table as long as there’s no expensive carpet underneath me to ruin!
    As a dog and cat and other pet owner, I’m also aware that they can be an issue if not trained, so that’s always a consideration for me too.
    Some of it depends on the type of food being served. If it’s finger food or something you can easily eat with your hands, it’s sometimes easier to eat on a floor or somewhere closer to the plate. A hot pot or similar type foods can be easier to eat at a table where you may need to almost stand at times to reach other sections of the table. Unless, of course, you have really cooperative group of people.
    My family always sat at the table for mea…

    Reply
  108. Well that all depends. If I am eating alone, I can eat and watch TV in the living room. If I am with others, then at the table with them, TV off, so we can hold a conversation.

    Reply
  109. Depends on the situation. My kid (grown and out of the house) and I often order in food or cook something special and watch something we want to see together (for example, we binged Bojack Horseman every season, we both love John Mulaney so we watch his specials together). But I love restaurants and I love having a lot of people over for a big sit-down dinner like for Thanksgiving (not this year, obviously!).

    Reply
  110. When I have someone to eat with I prefer to sit at the table & enjoy the company.
    As I live alone with my dog, I prefer to sit on the couch & I don’t need a coffee table in front of me.

    Reply
  111. My husband and I usually eat at our kitchen table, but every once in a while, if we are watching something good on TV in our bedroom, we will eat on a lap tray table. I don’t think I would eat something very messy, like something that is covered in sauce or a bowl of soup on my bed, though. On occasion, we might eat in our family room on a TV tray, too.

    Reply
  112. Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?
    I never sit at the dining table now that my kids are out of the house. Wife and I sit in the living room.

    Reply
  113. When there are guests, or even a guest, we eat at the dining table, but I must confess I normally eat at my desk, in front of the computer when I am on my own. It is actually slightly harder as there is a ramp between the dining room and the lounge, and so there is a very real risk of me tipping the food from the plate onto my lap, as I’m in a wheelchair, and the last thing I want to happen to me is slopping boiling hot gravy onto my wedding tackle…

    Reply
  114. Until our kids left home, we all ate together, at the dining table.
    But once they had their own homes, we started eating in front of the TV and used a table for each. That way, we could discuss what was going on in the world.
    It seems to have work out well.

    Reply
  115. I have done both. Presently I sit down with my wife. I have been in situations in which that was not possible. When I had little children in my family, we INSISTED on one hour, 6–7pm, no radio, no TV no cellular phones during which there was ABSOLUTE communication between ALL Family members. Everyone was free to share and speak as he or she wished. It was Complete Communication! All could speak freely. You would be surprised at some of the things that arise as concerns. Littlest to Largest. Each had a place and Each had a right.i recommend it highly!

    Reply
  116. Depends on my mood. But as I’m single and live without a family social center, I tend to eat in front of the TV or in the car on the way to work. Though if I had a family I would rather family dinners. It might be the only time to spend with them without the TV or hustle of daily life.

    Reply
  117. Other than in a restaurant I haven’t sat at a table to eat for about 20 years. With just the two of us in the house our meals are eaten off a lap tray in front of the TV. It makes far more sense than messing around with the dining table.

    Reply
  118. It all depends, but as I usually have dinner with my wife and son, we are sitting at the dinner table. When I am alone it is a bit more flexible, nevertheless I usually eat with a fork and a knife therefore the dinner table is much more comfortable.

    Reply
  119. I would prefer to sit at a dinner table, but we don’t have a big enough dining room. It’s just my wife and I and we eat on the couch with the dog staring at us. When we have family and friends over for dinner we have a nice table we set up, but for most of the year it’s pushed against the wall just looking decorative.

    Reply
  120. Question: Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?
    Answer: It depends –
    If my wife and I are watching a movie – we eat on the couch, otherwise we eat at the kitchen table…
    As to what I prefer. Again it depends – we have 2 cats – it is simpler if we eat at the table as one is a mooch…

    Reply
  121. I’m not romantic, rich, or fastidious enough to sit at table alone.
    The food would taste better at table and with guests (if not servants), but I’ve not the means nor the companions to bring that scenario to life.
    Give me a coffee table and something to watch on TV, or a live performance in front of me.

    Reply
  122. For the last how many years as Ive been unwell, it’s been in the bed. We recently moved a little over a year ago, we do have a dining table, and for a short while I did make the effort to sit there with the family. It’s just too painful for me, so I choose to stay in bed.
    You don’t have to be at a “dining table” to have conversations/connections. It’s about being together, period. My fiancé and I and my oldest watch shows together on Hulu/Netflix generally with dinner. It’s a special time, and I am grateful the oldest is still wanting to hang out even through teenage years.
    Anyways, if we had a sofa upstairs in the dining room I’d say sofa, considering I’m able to lay down on it. The sofa however is downstairs in the living room.

    Reply
  123. I would prefer to have dinner on dining table or on the floor whichever is convenient at that point of time. Dinner on sofa is not an option for me.

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Reply
  124. A dining table would be convenient as you can easily fetch your food and stretch your legs instead of cramping into the sofa and the coffee table in the center.
    Cheers!

    Reply
  125. QUESTION : Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?
    ANSWER : I prefer to eat Breakfast, Lunch and dinner on a sofa with a Table Mate in front of me.
    I never ate any food on the dinning table that I have in my house.
    I HATE to eat anything along with my family members because I DO NOT like to speak while eating.
    I read The Hindu Newspaper (Hardcopy) while having breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Reply
  126. I usually eat dinner in front of the tv
    I have unusual hours during the week and come home late almost every night.
    If I make a slow cooker meal, it’ll done long b4 I get home. So, we all will eat at different times. I’m usually the last to eat, it’s just the way it is during the week.
    If someone else is with me, will eat at the kitchen table.

    Reply
  127. Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    At the Dining Table Peter Cheung 2021
    Design. The design of tables have their functional purposes and different focuses.
    Focus. The focus of a dining table is the dinner, and the focus of a coffee table is the coffee.
    Mismatch. Mismatches in life are frustrating; and I try to avoid any mismatch if I can.

    Reply
  128. Having looked at some of the many answers, there seems to be a divide that is driven by an attitude to eating. If you regard food just as a fuel, which also seems to be related to eating a lot of takeaways, then the sofa is fine. If you regard cooking and eating as important activities in their own right, then a dining table is an intimate part of of eating. I have a television in the dining room end of the kitchen and while this may be on while I am cooking , it is normally turned off when the meal is served.

    Reply
  129. sofa, coffee table. always. dining tables were for when i was a kid. i only have one son, and it’s just me and him, and so sitting at a table would feel weird. we sit on the sofa, and watch telly as we eat our dinner.

    Reply
  130. I eat at the dining table unless I am eating alone, in which case I usually take a TV tray into the living room and sit in my recliner and watch TV while I can eat. It’s not totally necessary to do that to watch TV because there is a small TV in the kitchen, but I have to turn my head to watch it when I’m sitting at the dining table. I don’t have any coffee tables because I don’t like them. I was constantly running into them and bruising myself when I was growing up, so I elected to have just end tables with lamps in my house. I think that the night time dinner meal is one of the biggest downfalls of the modern family. First, people have varied schedules, so a lot of times the family does not eat together. Second, too many people depend on fast food for their main meals, and this is not good for the health. I believe that parents should have their children sit at the dinner table, teach them proper table manners, and have them try various kinds of foods. I grew up on a farm, so we had a lot of good, fresh foods to eat. My sister and I are not picky eaters as a result of that. Dinner time also used to serve as a means of socialization for the family with the events of the day being discussed as people ate. This is also important, and it helps parents and children to learn more about each other in the process.

    Reply
  131. I have done both. If I am eating a small meal like a sandwich or soup or a snack I would probably prefer the coffee table. But if I am eating a full coarse meal then I definitely would prefer the dining room table.

    Reply
  132. I’m cunning! I have a dining table, complete with white tablecloth and central fruit bowl, that is positioned so I can see and hear my television should I chose. Sofa-dining gives me indigestion!

    Reply
  133. Somebody’s been watching me watching TV while I eat dinner off of that table in front of the couch.
    Been doing it for 45 years. Did I just say 45 years??
    Now THAT’S scary! 😊

    Reply
  134. Regularly dinner with family and happy conversation is on dining table and we pay more attention to food. Sitting on dining table chair helps to maintain posture and we can avoid backache issues as well.
    Occasionally dinner on weekends, on a sofa with a coffee table while watching movie is ok.

    Reply
  135. Sofa with a coffee table, because I’m single and I eat alone. If I had my own family, then definitely the dining table. Dinner time is one of the few times families spend quality time together anymore, because everyone’s distracted by TV and the internet.

    I usually eat my dinners on my recliner facing the TV, with no coffee table in between.

    Reply
  136. Well I’ve always sat at a table, when eating my dinner, I’ve only done the sofa thing, at a friend’s house, but I don’t like that, because when food falls, it’ll be on you/in the sofa???
    If you’re slightly twisted, Ooo, snake time.

    Reply
  137. Wajid Maroof and interested readers “Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?” I submit my answer here as an accomplished eater of many, many varied meals in many, many varied environs and conditions.
    The first purpose of eating is to take into your body the sustenance necessary to keep your body functioning. Beyond that, many people, including myself have eaten many more groceries than basic survival requires.
    “Dinner” may predicate a different scheduled-meal for some than it is to others. For some it may be the midday meal. For others it may be the evening meal. While for still others, it may be a quick in-between meal. I will ass/u/me for purposes of your question, you are referring to the evening meal, and I ass/u/me that you are referring to the regularly-scheduled evening-meal we eat at our home.
    Many of us eat our evening-meal that will incorporate different purposes. Some see it as a family gathering and a time for family Court where family business and issues are scheduled and resolved. For others it may be a time for entertainment; for many via television. For others it is the meal you take whatever you can, whenever you can, with whomever may be available at the time.
    In my own case, “dinner” involves just myself and my wife (unless we have company) and most generally I am chief-cook-and-bottle-washer.
    I coordinate before-hand what my wife would like to eat for dinner, and when she will be most available. She works from home and has barn chores and other activities she’s involved with.
    So, once I have this info, I plan for our meal to be cooked and to serve at an appropriate time. I collect ingredients and de-frost and prep things that need prepping.
    I cook the meal and prepare to serve it up when she is ready to eat.
    Depending on the business of the day we may have a discussion to dispose of tho…

    Reply
  138. “Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?”
    I grew up eating at a table.
    Without a TV or anything other than light music in the background.

    Reply
  139. I like to eat at a dining table.
    I just feel more comfortable.
    I also like eating in war zones.
    In the back of vehicles.
    At camp sites.

    Reply
  140. It depends on what is for dinner and who I am with. If it is just family then generally we are happy to sit in the lounge as you describe, but if it is something a little more important or with visitors then at the dining table.

    Reply
  141. I would rather sit at a dining table as that’s how I was raised. Eating a meal while sitting on the couch just seems wrong, but I find myself doing it as we had to remove all the chairs from our dining table because our young daughter was using them to climb all over the place. Once she’s a bit older and more mature we can go back to eating dinner at the dining table.

    Reply
  142. It all depends on the situation. Obviously, there are very formal occasions when there’s no other option but to use the dining room table to meet your guests, even if they are few and if the dinner is not very ostentatious. However, in my case, this only happens on special occasions. The dining room is a place of permanent use during the weekends, which is when we almost always receive a few guests and family members, and we often have special meals, but in reality, it’s the living room instead that has become our favorite place to dine. My wife and I share there Netflix sessions every night since our dinners are not very sophisticated. We usually place the pizza or any other fast food that we have chosen on our Noguchi table that we bought at Manhattan Home Design while we enjoy our favorite TV shows. It’s also the favorite place for snacks at the time of the premiere movies. Overall, I’d say that both types of furniture are very important because they are what give soul to these two areas with such different uses within the house.

    Reply
  143. Dining tables are for “Squares,” sofas are for “Couch Potatoes,” and beds are for “Legends”. Remember that, and may the FORCE always BE WITH YOU. 👊

    Reply
  144. sometimes at the coffee table, and sometimes sitting on the couch holding my plate. very rarely do my family and i use a table for meals, mostly holidays.

    Reply
  145. Dining table eating on the sofa to me seem to be a lower class thing. Now having said that a friend had 8 brothers and sister so eating on the sofa wit tv trays when at his place was common due to space.

    Reply
  146. Hello,
    If I have ‘company’, as in any other person with a pulse, and am doing what I consider ‘entertaining’, I would much rather be sitting down at a table….mostly because of cleanliness issues, rather than doing the coffee table routine. That’s just me, and I have to admit I change the way I feel about it as these times continue to bring all sorts of flexibility into our lives.
    I don’t adhere to rules just for rules sake, and believe that people ought to be relaxed and able to enjoy a snack or meal in whatever way that makes them comfortable. When you’re put under pressure to do what’s ‘supposed’ to be ‘the right thing’, in every circumstance, I really don’t see a picture of happiness and warmth having much space in this practice.
    Enjoying a meal with people you care about, regardless of the parameters of social mores, sounds extremely light hearted and comfortable. If there was a choice, I’d really like to be invited to that casual kind of gathering, rather than a strict, ‘uptight’ sort of dinner. Formal can be fine, but the thought of being able to relax and enjoy the food, the company and everything else involved, gives me a healthy appetite!
    ~s~

    Reply
  147. The environment doesn’t really matter. What matters is whether you are eating with awareness or just dumping food inside your mouth blindly. We definitely don’t eat right when we eat without awareness.
    Observe how is the food you’re eating making you feel. Feel whether you’re getting all the nourishment your body needs or no. Or whether your body feels like a dustbin after you eat.

    Reply
  148. I live alone. So during the summer I like to have my dinner out in the back garden where I have a 180o view unobstructed view from Jordan in the east to the Mediterranean in the west. I have a table on my terrace and just watch the landscape and the hawks and eagles.
    During the winter, I generally eat my dinner at my desk in front of my computer, watching something on Netflix or YouTube.

    Reply
  149. Depends on the occasion. Quick supper with my husband watching Jeopardy is great on the coffee table; if we have things to discuss, it’s dining table all the way.

    Reply
  150. I don’t have that choice now. I have a tiny retirement apartment with no space for a dining table. I have a little adjustable height table that I can use – the sort of thing you might have in hospital, but it’s only just about big enough for a large dinner plate and if I have a glass of wine as well, I usually put it on the coffee table for safety.
    Of course I would like a bigger home and I hope to have one, one day. But for now, I am grateful to have a roof over my head at all. I’ve known what it was like to face homelessness and escape it only because I had someone really good advocating for me.
    In an ideal world, yes I would like a home with space for a dining table and someone to share a meal with me. I do cook from scratch most days, I don’t rely on ready made convenience meals – maybe one or two a month, if I want something quick because I’m going out. That’s mostly not happening now because of the pandemic. Formerly, I went to a regular pub quiz and for meals out with friends.
    The least I can do is to make myself healthy and tasty food, it’s a morale boost.

    Reply
  151. If it is just me, I always eat in the living room in front of the TV. If I have people over for dinner, I like to eat at the dinner table where we can all talk to each other without the TV as a distraction.

    Reply
  152. Neither on sofa, nor on a dining table. I prefer eating my food sitting cross legged on the floor.
    One of the reasons is also because I live in a rented place and I have not yet spent money on buying a dining table for three reasons:
    Sitting on floor cross legged helps muscles in abdomen to secrete digestive juices , and helps digesting the food quickly. It also improves body posture. People who often complain about gastric and acidity issues after having food should sit on floor for at least 10 minutes once they finish their food.
    It makes the human in us more humble . I think sitting on floor strengthens the spiritual side of us. It also kind of make us more connected to our mother land.
    It saves me Money. Initially, when I shifted to this place, I did go look for buying a dining table. The ones I liked were pretty much expensive around 40k, I did not want to spend that much on a dining table.

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Reply
  153. At a dining room table with candles (in winter) but on the sofa if there is something I desperately want to see on live TV—or, if I have over too many dinner guests and then I delegate myself to the sofa.

    Reply
  154. We have no class. The tabletop on our coffee table swings up to dining table height, and that’s where we eat our dinner every night while watching the news. Sigh.

    Reply
  155. Neither.
    we prefer to eat our dinner outside our camper. Sitting in rocking chairs. Starring into a crackling campfire under a canopy of stars and surrounded by friends and laughter.

    Reply
  156. We eat all our meals at the dining table. Very strange, I know. Perhaps I should create a Youtube channel for it? Do you think people would watch, or is it too freaky? Maybe Onlyfans?
    We don’t have a coffee table. We have end tables, I use the carpeted space in front of the sofa to exercise in (stretching, planks and stuff).

    Reply
  157. I don’t like eating on a sofa. I don’t like eating in bed. I find there is too much balancing going on if I am not at a table. And people who know me, know I am a klutz.
    And I do not want food on the sofa or especially in bed. Although I keep water beside my bed. And will take a cup of coffee, or a glass of an adult beverage into the living room or the green room on the sofa. 200,000 years of mankind. I like to act like we have made some progress.

    Reply
  158. I was raised to sit at a dining table (either in the kitchen or dining room). Seated at a sofa it is difficult to eat, make conversation and get up and down to help the person serving dinner. Forget about watching TV or video (it’s one thing that’s making Americans obese).

    Reply
  159. I love to eat at the table……………. if it is in someone else’s house. Mother always fixed a beautiful table with fancy serving dishes, the whole family ate together and every meal had some kind of dessert and a beautiful jello mold. For my wife and I it is much easier to fix a plate and serve on a TV tray. The clean up is much easier and as you get older easier is better. Wash the pots and pans as you go, pour the food in plastic containers that have a lid. Serve dinner and when finished, put the lids on the leftovers in the plastic bowls, put them in the fridge and all you have left to do is wash 2 plates and silverware. Go for Easy……faster,,,,,,,,less work. Another quote comes to mind “Keep it simple Stupid” Now, that said, If Company is coming over for Dinner, Bring out the beautiful serving dishes, best china , real silver silverware and cloth napkins. By all means keep up appearances…..but when the company leaves……..thank God for Tupperware.

    Reply
  160. Table is easiest – but the fact is, really don’t care much most of the time – long as I can see the TV. At home I have limited space (Mobile home) so just grab plate and sit on bed…

    Reply
  161. I actually prefer sitting at the dinner table with the television and phones turned off…if there is going to be one or more people eating with me.
    If I am by myself I usually eat on the porch. In the car, or using a coffee table with some sort of device on.

    Reply
  162. I live in a small senior housing and my table is used for my laptop and writing supplies, since it’s in the opposite corner from the TV. I have an end table that I use to eat on, sitting on the couch. I can watch the news then push the table back to relax a few minutes, until I do the dishes.

    Victor Allen’s

    Reply
  163. It’s just my husband and I, so we make it as easy and comfy as possible, which means in front of the nightly news on a coffee table. What I would prefer would be in a restaurant or served by my personal chef/butler at the dinner table with fine china, silverware and flowers. 😆

    Reply
  164. I was brought up as a child to eat dinner at the table, and with no television. The evening meal (tea-time) we may have the radio on for the evening news. But certainly that was kept in the background. However we still sat down to dinner.
    There may have been a couple of changes to the schedule if there was a special programme that was of interest (I was quite in to Natural History and Science at the time) so I was allowed to eat dinner in front of the TV. Either that or mother would adjust the time that tea or dinner was served up to us.
    TV in particular is a visual distraction and it does break conversation and communication within a family. In fact (shock horror to many) I have not had a TV since I started living on my own when I was 21. Thirty -five years I still don’t have a TV and if I want to watch a (UK) Football or Rugby game, would rather go to my local pub and enjoy a few beers, even if they are mainly people I don’t know and my other drinking friends have not turned up. You get the sense of a crowd cheering the team on as opposed to watching 22 men plus 2 linesman (sorry Assistant Referees these days -:) and a Referee. running around a pitch as opposed to sitting on my own.
    So even if I had been married and had children, then I would have not allowed my children to watch TV whilst we were having tea/evening meal, perhaps the radio with the news in the background. Then may be in to the lounge and watch the TV there.
    Even today, I still find it tricky to balance a plate on my lap, and keep the food under control and in my mouth as opposed to sharing it with the sofa/carpet -:) So. I still have my small folding “gat leg” table which does what is says on the packet-:) In any case since I do not have TV why would I want to sit with the food in my lap top.
    It is bad enough with a lap-top computer -:)
    Chris R- London

    Reply
  165. We always eat on a plantain leaf sitting on the floor. It is very uncomfortable for me to eat from a table.
    We don’t have sofas or dining table in our house anyway. Even visitors sit on the floor.

    Reply
  166. My husband and I prefer to sit at the dinner table and eat dinner. When we’re done, the dishes are picked up and washed. Then, I’ll drink the rest of any wine in my glass/or have dessert. It’s just easier and you tend to pick up after yourself so you have dirty dishes in the living room. Sometimes if we’re having a “snack” dinner – pizza or hot dog, we may eat while watching tv.

    Reply
  167. If I am alone, and especially when I was watching t.v. I am fine with a coffee table. As long as it’s not over carpet.
    If someone is with me, the table.

    Reply
  168. If there were something I wanted to watch on TV, I would prefer to sit at a sofa with a coffee table in front of me. It is easier to eat sitting at a dining room table however. You are not apt to spill at a dining table as you are on a sofa.

    Reply
  169. Original question: Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?
    I consider dinner to be the third meal of the day, but the schedule is really irrelevant. I live alone and typically eat at home standing in the kitchen at the counter.

    Reply
  170. I normally eat squatting on the floor. As an alternative I will prefer dinning table, but I can eat on coffee table too. Quality of the food matters not the place to eat. Thanks

    Reply
  171. Personally, I’d rather sit at a dining table. part of this is because I find that for eating a dining room chair is much more comfortable than a couch. I notice that with a couch you tend to sink down which impacts posture and makes it more uncomfortable and a bit harder to even to eat. Especially when you consider that coffee table were usually a lot lower than dining tables and often lower than the couch, which adds to the poor posture and makes it more uncomfortable to eat. As well, the poor posture can make it harder to digest which adds to the argument against eating on a sofa with a coffee table.

    Reply
  172. I don’t know if I would call it a preference, but I was raised believing that a proper dinner was eaten at the table. But these days, I am single and I now eat alone.
    So now when I eat, its usually while watching a movie, my dinner on a TV table in front of my easy chair. Its not proper, but I have no one to satisfy these days, except myself.

    Reply
  173. I grew up eating in front of a TV and using a coffee table so I’m pretty familiar with it. All said, I prefer a table like a civilized man at this stage of my life, but I don’t mind the coffee table on occasion

    Reply
  174. Most every day, my wife and I, eat in our den, just off the kitchen. She eats, sitting on the couch, off a small wooden stand that will slide between her legs and under the couch. I eat my meal, sitting on my recliner, holding my plate either in my hand, or supported by a pillow on my lap. My wife always uses a knife when eating…so the stand offers support when cutting. I, 99% of the time, will only use a fork or spoon, depending on the meal. Using a coffee table, we found is too low, unless your sitting on the floor, and leaning against the couch,

    Reply
  175. My favorite dining is at a table outside. To tell the truth i don’t like to eat at a coffee table. Hanging your head over your plate. But that just me.

    Reply
  176. It depends on whether I’m eating alone or dining with other people.
    It’s much more fun to have a meal with another person or people, and the most comfortable way to do that is at a table, so there’s room for all the serving plates and bowls of food, condiments, place settings, glassware, beverages, etc.
    But if I’m alone at a mealtime then sitting at a large dining room table by myself feels lonely, so I prefer to prepare my plate in the kitchen, then eat while on the sofa using a small table, while watching TV.

    Reply
  177. Dining table. If you are single, place stuffed animals in the chairs. Many people may not enjoy dining alone so they inadvertently eat on their bed.

    Reply
  178. I prefer a dining table as it is more comfortable and ideal to have your food. Coffee table height is not generally with respect to you eating on it.

    Reply
  179. I live alone, so most of my meals are eaten in front of my television. I wouldn’t mind eating at a dinner table every once in a while, sure beats loneliness.

    Reply
  180. I don’t eat regular meals. The idea that people must eat three meals a day is nonsense, just a social custom. I eat when I am hungry, and relax in my big comfortable reclining chair.

    Reply
  181. We tend to eat dinner on our sofa. I have a bistro table in front of my spot. I don’t watch much 📺 but do so during dinner. For special meals like Christmas, we eat at the dining room table (which is usually covered in sewing supplies and equipment for my wife’s hobbies).

    Reply
  182. Hi Wajid, our dining table chairs are horrifically uncomfortable, and that’s our rather pathetic justification for only sitting at the table for Christmas Dinner or when the mums come round for a meal. They’re alright with it, they have extra padding!
    My wife sits in the big comfy chair for meals and I sit on the sofa. We’ve been doing it for years, and did it at our parent’s houses when we were younger.

    Reply
  183. Sit at a dining table because
    Better posture sitting at a table, usually have to hunch over a coffee table.
    Less food spillage at a table, so it is cleaner.
    If one eats sitting on a sofa inevitably, food will get on the sofa and get stained.

    Reply
  184. I eat on the sofa. It’s frequently just me here eating alone. I have some TV trays in case I have a guest who wants one. I do have a coffee table, but it’s not well suited for setting down a plate, and it’s usually covered with a half-finished puzzle.
    I don’t have a dining table. I did, but I hardly used it, it was mostly an obstacle for my dog when roughhousing. I gave it a neighbor who was looking for one. My condo seems much larger without it.

    Reply
  185. I onlt use my dining room when I have guests for dinner. Kitchen also has a semi circular bar and chairs for breakfast. Where do I eat? Usually out yet when I am home, I will make a sandwich or something and eat in my in home Office or Studio.

    Reply
  186. No, I eat at the table because I spill so much. I have my Kindle propped up in front of me so I can read. That’s probably why I spill so much food, but it’s easier to wash a placemat than a sofa cushion

    Reply
  187. Depends, if I’m home eating alone I enjoy eating a lite meal in front of the TV, but if it’s my wife and I or others I prefer a more formal meal in the dining room

    Reply
  188. i like to sit on my sofa with a coffee /center table in front of me, and enjoy my meals.
    The reason being, I watch TV and that gives me relaxation.
    Before morning breakfast, I pray. It is easy to sit on my sofa, and talk to God Almighty, thank him for all his mercies and blessings, and sip my tea.
    My lunch is normally quite late, say around 3.15 pm. I come home tired, so, after freshning up, once again, my sofa really feels so comfortable.
    When you are single, we have to make life as easy and relaxed as possible.
    So what ever we do, do it with happiness.

    Reply
  189. I live alone so I can eat where ever I want to but frequently eat in front of my computer or on the couch watching television for a bit.

    Reply
  190. I don’t own a coffee table, just an end table with a lamp on it. I prefer to eat on a folding tray with a placemat on it while sitting on my couch watching television while I eat my meals.

    Reply
  191. Some days i like to eat at a Table where everything is located. Other times i like to sit in a recliner and eat there with two tables around me only a light lunch though.

    Reply
  192. Hello there..
    Definetly at a dinner table…
    I just find it’s more comfortable I’m not slouching I’m upright and I just love a proper set table candles..lovely crockery and a lovely tablecloth and napkins..
    If I’m relaxing watching TV or just chilling out with friend’s then the the sofa is great…
    I hope this helps…

    Reply
  193. Currently, as a retired person who enjoys comfort, I prefer the recliner I occupy most. We eat at the table when we have guests or if the meal is not suitable for a lap.

    Reply
  194. I have a small table that seats four people in our family room. My husband and I eat in there at dinner time. I serve our meal from the pot, etc., then we carry it to the family room. Depending on what we are eating, I sometimes put it on the table, like salad and the ribs. He eats breakfast there but I usually do a no no. I eat over the kitchen counter or sink. Our formal dining room table is covered with a beautiful lace cloth and a huge art glass bowl so we only use that table for special dinners/guests.

    Reply
  195. When my children were young and lived at home, we always ate at the dining table. This is a good set up for a family situation where we actually talk to each other. Now it’s just my husband and I, we generally eat on a tray on our laps in front of the TV.

    Dunkin’

    Reply
  196. Unless it’s just sandwiches or something (and sometimes even then!) I would just make too much mess trying to eat off my lap!
    But so many people don’t have the choice, they don’t have room for a dining table.

    Reply
  197. Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table ?
    I’m a simple girl, but when I am eating dinner, I really only require one thing:
    A very comfortable chair.
    Since dinner time is the biggest meal at our house, comfort is a great necessity, but sometimes I have to make allowances.
    I usually join my elderly father every evening as we eat our dinner in the dining room. The table is quite large and can comfortably seat six people. Dad prefers to watch the news from an old television set in the corner….and that’s fine with me!
    However, the chairs are not designed for comfort and after about twenty minutes my poor old dad will often excuse himself and say, “ That was a great meal, but I need to go find a more comfortable chair. ”
    I find myself becoming restless too! No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get comfortable sitting in a chair with a slat back and a less than comfy cushion seat.
    So, when an opportunity presents itself, I will eat dinner in my den, sitting in my oversized comfortable chair with the ottoman, so I can stretch out and in great comfort style, eat my dinner from the lap tray as I catch up on the news of the day.
    Marie~

    Reply
  198. It depends on whether I’m dining alone or with friends or family. I see no need to sit at a table by myself, and I’d rather be comfortable while eating. Thanks for the A2A.

    Reply
  199. I normally just eat my food sitting in my wheelchair and hold it with a hot pad or a type of carrier used in Chinese restaurants . They are actually called stackable steamers .

    Do you prefer to eat your dinner on a sofa with a coffee table in front of you or would you rather sit at a dining table?

    Reply
  200. I do both, I’ve got my place set up that you can hear the TV but you can’t see it from the dining table, and some times I’ll feed my face while standing in front of the kitchen sink. Being a bachelor who doesn’t do alot of entertaining, I can and do skip past the “formal” crap of setting the table, putting the food put etc,,, and usually just dish up right from the stove, since it’s only me.

    Reply
  201. We live in a smallish NYC Lower East Side apartment. The “bedroom” is my office and our storage area for needle arts, pipes and tobacco. The middle room is our combination everything else room. We eat on the bed.
    Trust me on this one…I’ve lived in a five-bedroom 3600 sq. ft. suburban place on an acre of land. I am much happier and h…

    Reply
  202. Thanks for the A2A.
    I’m definitely a sit-at-the-table guy.
    If there is something really important on TV, we have a small TV in the kitchen and can watch while we eat if we like.

    Reply
  203. Hi,
    Brief cruise for this question,
    Mostly I prefer to sit on the floor with a mat and eat.Keeps me/ us earthed.Pickup and clear the area post the eat regimen.
    At times on dining table.
    Sofa is no-no unless unavoidable.
    Drop me your thoughts.
    Email:surjit@livepeaked.com
    http://www.livepeaked com
    P.S. stay amped

    Reply
  204. Thanks for the A2A. It depends on where I am. The house in which I’m currently living has a much more comfortable living room – temperature and furniture – than the kitchen. So, here I prefer to eat sitting on the couch with the coffee table in front of me. I do bring a dinner tray so I don’t have to lean over to eat.
    In general, I prefer to eat at a table, with other people.

    Reply
  205. Determined by the evenings agenda. I am single and live alone so their are no familial or paternal influences Card table and easy chair to watch television. Dinner table doubles as desk and holds computer monitor. I sit there if I want to peruse the internet while dining.

    Reply
  206. I rarely watch TV preferring instead to spend most of my free time using my desktop computer which is also where I take most of my meals. On the occasion that I do eat while watching TV, I prefer sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of my couch (I do not have, nor prefer having, a coffee table).

    Reply
  207. Dining room table. Reason? I was 268lbs now 147lbs.I did it by walking 3 miles a day, eating off small plates *8″ plates and having only one protein and one veggie that fit onto the plate.. eight months later I was down almost 100llbs. Eating at the table made me aware of what I was eating, eating slower and with awareness. WATCHING TV OR AWAY FROM THE TABLE gives a feeling of aloneness and you never feel satisfied with your meal.

    Reply
  208. We use to do the sofa thing, but then realised that as a family we had reduced communication. Turned the TV off, sat at the dining table. Far more enjoyable and a great time to communicate.

    Reply
  209. Depends on if I am by myself, what I’m eating, if there is something I want to watch on TV while I’m eating. I eat at both places probably about the same amount. I don’t really have a preference.

    Reply

Leave a Comment