My friend wanted to buy new dining room furniture because hers has seen better days, and as her children are now two and three years old, she wants to bring her family up in the old fashion way where the family eats round the dining table at the same time every day, rather than balancing their plates on their knees in front of the TV at odd times. Research shows that children brought up in organised homes where family eating is still the custom, do better at school, and are more well-balanced generally.
For my part I needed new dining room furniture because I am moving into a new house. Well, it is not new per se, but it is new to me, and after living in a poky room for the last three years I am really looking forward to having lots of space and being able to fill it with practical and attractive furniture items.
Although the reasons for purchasing were entirely different, we both ended up with glass dining table sets. They look brilliant, will last for decades, and are easy to care for. Although my furniture is not yet arrived, I am delighted with it already!