Benches are used all over China in a great variety of ways. They come in all sorts of sizes, many are highly decorated, some have bamboo tops. Benches are often used in restaurants and in homes around a dining table. Utilitarian in nature, smaller sized benches make great end tables in non Chinese houses. Longer ones are often used as coffee tables. Some put a bench at the foot of a bed to hold bedding, or as a good place to sit while putting on shoes. Variety in woods, lengths and decoration make these highly useful and attractive.