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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = bench
A place for people to sit; allows room for several people. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: amenities
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)
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 (typical) or a way (if tagging a unusually long bench or series of connected benches).

Tags used in combination

  • 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.
  • armrest=yes/no – Whether the bench has armrests.
  • direction=* – indicates the direction which the bench (or a person sitting on it) faces. Use a compass point (e.g. "NW") or value in degrees (e.g. "315"). Can be used on benches mapped as nodes node or lines way.
  • side=left/right – For complex benches mapped as lines where direction=* is insufficient or confusing, side=* can be used to indicate where the bench faces, based on the line direction.
  • two_sided=yes – For benches that can be sat on from both sides.
  • seats=* – Number of seats. (Only use this tag if the seats are somehow separated from each other, for example by armrests.)
  • capacity=* – Number of people who can comfortably sit on the bench at one time.
  • length=* – The length of the bench.
  • colour=* – Main colour of the bench (the paint colour if it is painted, or the color of the underlying material)
  • material=* – What is the bench (seating) made from? e.g. wood, steel, stone.
  • surface=* – The surface of the seating if different from material=*
  • covered=yes – roofed / covered
  • operator=* – Who maintains the bench?
  • historic=memorial + memorial=bench - if the bench is a memorial
  • inscription=* – The inscription or dedication on the bench (Sometimes in connection with historic=memorial, memorial=bench or memorial=yes; or start date start_date=* information)
  • openbenches:id=* – memorial bench's entry ID on Open Benches.
  • bench:type=* – specify the kind of bench you are mapping


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
2018-10-26, neue Bänke am Rotteckring.jpg
Bench and trees (1245397989).jpg


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

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