Key:seats

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex, England - memorial bench.jpg
Description
Number of seats on a bench Edit or translate this description.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination

amenity=bench

See also
Status: in use

Number of seats 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. (Taginfo shows 280,000 uses for bench seats compared to 2600 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=*).