A bench is a piece of furniture, on which several people may sit at the same time. Benches are typically made of wood, but may also be made of metal, stone, or synthetic materials. Many benches have arm and back rests; some have no back rest and can be sat on from either side. In American public areas, benches are often donated by persons or associations, which may then be indicated on it, e.g. by a small plaque. Benches are used both outdoors and indoors.
 Different types of benches
Often benches are simply named for the place they are used, regardless of whether this implies a specific design.
- Park benches are set as seating places within public parks, and vary on the amount of people they can seat.
- Garden benches are similar to public park benches, but are longer and offer more sitting places.
- Picnic tables, or catering buffet tables have long benches as well as a table. These tables may have table legs which are collapsible, in order to expedite transport and storage.
- Scenic benches are situated to provide a comfortable means of enjoying the contemplation of a beautiful landscape, a busy street scene, or perhaps a specific event.
- Perch benches are usually situated in high traffic areas to enable people to take a quick break.
- A storage bench is a combination of sitting space and a storage box, often used for keeping gardening supplies or grill equipment.
Various types of benches are specifically designed for and/or named after specific uses, such as:
- church pews inside places of worship are equipped with an additional kneeling bench.
- a bench seat is a traditional seat installed in automobiles, featuring a continuous pad running the full width of the cabin.
- a punishment bench is used to have a punishee lie (and often be tied) down on for the administration of a corporal punishment, after which it may be specifically named, e.g. caning bench
- a bench (weight training) is used for fitness exercises, such as the bench press which is named after its use of a bench
- a communion bench is not used as a seat
- a piano bench offers usually one person seating and is height adjustable.
- a spanking bench, such as a caning bench, is specifically designed for a spankee to lie upon, possibly strapped down, while submitting to paining of the posterior
- Swing seats are independently movable, suspended benches, used for play or as a relaxing porch swing.
- a courting bench (or kissing bench, or tête-à-tête): a two-seater with the seats pointing in opposite directions, thus almost facing each other.
- a friendship bench in a school playground is where a child can go when they want someone to talk to.
- the bench in a courtroom, behind which the judge is seated.
An open park bench in Tehran
A bench at the Science faculty of National University of Singapore
Bench made with a chainsaw-cut tree trunk
Ancient trunk bench from Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex
In Anapa, Russia
Wooden bench in memory of composer Hans Roelli in skiing area of Arosa, Switzerland
Light Balls Bench 2012 by Manfred Kielnhofer
A decorative "rabbit bench" in Peyzazhna alley, Kiev, Ukraine.
Artistic bench design at Kiev Fashion Park.
 See also
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