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Benches appear to have developed later than chairs, becoming popular during the Song dynasty. They are the ideal accompaniment to the dining table as they allow more people to enjoy a meal. While the chair is for the individual the bench is for the family as it naturally draws people together. The size of the bench depended on how and where it was to be used. Most were designed to seat two people while others could comfortably seat seven or more. The classic bench is the Ming style bench with inward tapered legs.