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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = bench
A place for people to sit; allows room for several people. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: Amenities
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may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

A place for people to sit; allows room for several people. Benches are used for resting for an interval of time. They can be important to people with mobility impairments (e.g. needs a cane or crutches) who need a place to rest for a couple minutes while traveling on foot. Additionally, benches are often a suitable substitute for everyday activities like eating, reading, etc. when a picnic table is not available.

How to map

Use the tag amenity=bench on a node node. A single standalone node would be the most suitable way to map a small detail like a bench most of the time.

If the bench is a memorial, consider tagging it additionally with historic=memorial+memorial=bench.


  • backrest=yes/no Whether the bench has a backrest to lean against. For people who have problems with their back this could be useful information.
  • direction=* Use a compass point (e.g. "NW") or value in degrees (e.g. "315") to indicate the direction which the bench (or a person sitting on it) faces.
  • seats=* Number of seats. (Only use this tag if the seats are somehow separated from each other, for example by armrests.)
  • colour=* Colour
  • material=* What is the bench (seating) made from? e.g. wood, steel, stone.
  • surface=* The surface of the seating if different from material=*
  • operator=* Who maintains the bench?
  • inscription=* The inscription or dedication on the bench
  • openbenches:id=* - memorial bench's entry ID on Open Benches.


Image Tags
Seats public transport.jpg
Hôpital Fernand-Widal, jardin 03 banc.jpg
Chamfleury Voisins-le-Bretonneux 2011 12.jpg
Concrete bench with wooden seat, Chaponnièrepark, Bern.jpg
Charles Hackley statue.jpg


  • OSM CartoBench-16.svg
  • Wanderreitkarte — rendered in the online map
  • JOSM — rendered with an icon of a backless bench, the special mappaint style Bench can be added
  • RöntgenRöntgen bench.svg, with backrest: Röntgen bench with backrest.svg, without backrest: Röntgen bench without backrest.svg

See also