Why People Prefer Tables Over Benches in Shuls

Here are some of the more popular reasons I’ve encountered on why people prefer tables over benches:

1) It’s easier to learn on tables

2) It’s a move away from the big noisy bench-based shuls of the past

3) It’s a warmer and friendlier atmosphere when people sit on both sides

4) It’s a good place to keep your seforim and tallis bag

5) It’s easier to put on your tefillin

6) It feel like your davening in a Beis Medrash

7) It’s easier to get in and out of your seat

It should be noted that many people prefer Lavi seating over both benches and table.