update, its now 2016, still have the coffee table and two ends, they are holding up really well in a family room that gets used a lot! the glass got a bit of scratches and I did ding the legs vacuuming, but I am not one bit careful. I use touch up paint and it hides it.still looking great! I did not expect it to hold up to my family this well. for something I got to "stage" a room.... I really got my money out of this :)
In all seriousness, I have heard versions of the above rationale, in various guises, on many an occasion. And, there are elements of truth to each point (ish). Of course, within design there are no totally exacting, hard-and-fast rules but rather, design codes that we generally adhere to/advise on. The coffee table, however, is largely a no-brainer and should be a welcome addition to your space.