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.