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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = bench
A place for people to sit, allowing room for one or more 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, allowing room for one or more people. Benches are used for resting for a period of time. They can be particularly important to older people or those with restricted mobility who need a place to sit or lean while traveling. Additionally, benches are often used for everyday activities like reading or eating 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 (or backrests). This provides useful information for older people or those with restricted mobility. People can use backrests to support them as they use the bench.
  • armrest=yes/no – Whether the bench has any armrests. This provides useful information for older people or those with restricted mobility. People can use armrests to lean against and to help them get on and off the bench.
  • seats=* – An estimate of the number of people that can comfortably sit on the bench.
  • material=* – What the bench's seating is made from? e.g. wood, metal, concrete...
  • colour=* – The main colour of the bench (the paint colour if it is painted, or the colour of the underlying material)
  • direction=* – The direction that 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 – Whether the bench can be sat on from both sides.
  • length=* – The length of the bench.
  • covered=yes – Whether the bench is covered.
  • operator=* – The operator that is responsible for the bench.
  • historic=memorial + memorial=bench - Used if the bench is a memorial.
  • inscription=* – Any 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=* – The entry ID of a memorial bench on Open Benches.
  • bench:type=* – The type of the bench.
  • wheelchair=* – Whether the bench is suitable to be used with a wheelchair.


Image Tags
Hôpital Fernand-Widal, jardin 03 banc.jpg
Chamfleury Voisins-le-Bretonneux 2011 12.jpg

Bench with four seats and armrests.jpg

Charles Hackley statue.jpg
2018-10-26, neue Bänke am Rotteckring.jpg

Alternatively, this particular feature could be mapped as two adjacent bench nodes using direction=*.

Westbad - Freibad - Bänke 003.jpg
Bench and trees (1245397989).jpg A node with natural=tree or man_made=planter.

For the bench:

Wooden bench with backrest and one armrest.jpg An accessible bench which a person in a wheelchair could transfer on to.
Skorzewo, Malwowa, bus stop.jpg Note, this is a bus stop that incorporates a bench.


OSM Carto

    • nodes: Bench-16.svg
    • ways: not rendered as of 8/2023. [1]

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

External links