Choosing a Piano Bench
What are the Best Piano Seat Designs?

We all know that there are different types of pianos, so it only follows that there are different types of piano benches. More often than not, a bench is included when you purchase an acoustical or console-type digital piano. However, there comes a time when you need to select and buy a bench.


Getting a Bench Piano Players Will Like

There are three major styles of benches:

  • Adjustable
  • Double
  • Duet

Adjustable ones are preferred by musicians because it offers the most comfort and functionality. As the name implies, the adjustable bench's seat can be lowered or raised in order to suit the player's height. A full-grown adult requires a lower seat, while a child requires a higher seat to properly align with the keyboard. An adjustable seat is available with or without a storage compartment under the seat. It is also available with either a vinyl or leather covering.

Double piano seats are often used in music schools where teachers sit with their piano students for ease in teaching correct fingering and posture. The double bench is also used by pianists who play “cuatro manos” or four-hand piano pieces.

Duet bench is the traditional piano seat included when buying an acoustic piano. This is also the type of bench often bought by consumers to replace their old benches. A duet bench is often made of wood and can optionally be padded. Its main feature is the large storage capacity under the seat. For the regular DIY-ers there are online sites that offer free piano bench plans.

Tips on How to Choose the Best Piano Bench

It goes without saying that the first thing that you should consider when buying a piano stool is the type and style of piano you have. If you have a stage digital piano, an antique piano seat is an unlikely choice.

  • Do you have a grand piano, an upright, a portable keyboard or console? The size of the bench should match the size of your piano. You might even consider a portable and adjustable stool for a portable keyboard.
  • Do you want a padded seat? Most pianists who practice for hours each day prefer padded piano seats for comfort. When the piano is played only on occasions, a wooden duet bench can do. Adjustable artist piano seats are desirable too, since a form of apron conceals the knob.
  • There is a need to match the style and color of the bench to your piano. If your piano has rosewood finishing, make sure you choose a bench that matches. If you have an ultra modern 88-key digital piano, better choose a black adjustable stool. If your piano has curves and lines that emit a classic look, make sure you pick a bench that echoes the same design and style.
  • The right price: set a budget but do not be limited by it. Choosing a cheap but inferior piano seat is not practical if the bench is used often. Note that a grand or baby grand piano must be paired with a grand piano bench.

Musician's Gear Deluxe Padded Piano Bench

deluxe-piano-benchThis is an adjustable piano seat selling for just below $100. Reviews for this product on Amazon rate it at 3.9 out of 5, while reviews at Musicians Friend rate it at 4.5 out of 5.

The Musician's Gear Deluxe padded bench measures 22” wide, 13” deep and its height is adjustable from 19” to 23”. It has a storage compartment, but it can only hold two to three music books. The wood is finished in black.

There are consumers who say the adjustable bench wobbles when cranked-up. The seat's padding is not as luxurious at the edge, which is a problem since pianists sit more at the bench's edge rather than on the center.

Overall, this bench is still a good buy as long as you don't weigh more than 150 pounds. If you do, you should avoid cranking-up the seat since it wobbles.

On Stage KB8902 Flip Top Keyboard Bench, Black

At just over $50, the On Stage KB8902 Flip Top keyboard bench, for example, is a good buy. This piano seat is a duet bench that is best paired with a traditional acoustic piano. The seat is not adjustable, but it does have a large storage space under its padded seat. The bench's height is 19.5 inches; its seat has a dimension of 13.5” x 22.5”. The seat pad is about 1.5 inches thick. This piano bench is perfect for studios and homes. Amazon customers rate it at 3.8 out of 5.

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Updated November 2011
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