A bench is a long seat fit for several persons, with or without a back and/or arm rests. They can often be used for sitting indoors or outdoors. The bench was the common seating form in the days when chairs were reserved for the most important people (hence the term "chairman"). Early types were very simple, consisting of a plank supported by solid ends connected by brackets or a stretcher. Since those times, benches have become much more decorative but still just as useful. There are also tree benches which can make your garden even more inviting by creating a shaded, relaxing place to sit by yourself or with someone special.