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An estimate of the number of people that can comfortably sit on a bench. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: de facto

An estimate of the number of people that can comfortably sit on a bench. Almost always used with amenity=bench.

This key is commonly used in a somewhat difficult to verify manner, as a guess by the mapper as to how many people could comfortably fit on the bench at once. This makes it less useful than it might be if it was limited to being tagged on benches with individual seats, e.g. those with armrests in between each seat. Nonetheless, that isn't the current state of the map.

Other features, such as amenity=restaurant, tourism=alpine_hut, use the key capacity=* to state the maximum number of persons who can fit in the feature. For benches, seats=* is by far the most popular key for this purpose - in May 2024 Taginfo showed 410,347 uses for bench seats compared to 2,221 uses for bench capacity.

This tag is also used rarely for other features to describe the number of seats (similar to capacity:seats=*) or the capacity of the feature (similar to capacity=*).