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Sure, artists like Alicia Keys and Chris Martin occasionally show off their piano chops while standing up, but for most piano players, the best way to tickle the ivories is seated on a good piano bench, with keys at waist level and pedals within reach.
Even if you’re just looking for a piece of furniture to add a decorative element to your room, a good piano bench does not need to be extravagant. A simple bench with wooden construction and black leather (or faux leather) tufted upholstery is a classic to complement baby grand and modest upright pianos alike. They’re great for digital pianos and keyboards too. The best piano benches are so versatile, many people skip the piano altogether and use such benches as hallway or dressing room furniture.
Whatever the case, the best piano benches provide a few basic functions. For starters, it should be well-constructed from quality materials and sturdy enough to withstand a significant amount of weight. Particularly if you’re looking for a two-seater bench rather than a single-seater, the bench should be able to hold two adult-sized people. The bench should also be comfortable enough to accommodate long practice sessions, which is why we’re fans of the tufted cushions. Most piano benches will also open to reveal a storage compartment for sheet music and other accessories. The size and strength of storage depends on the bench and how well it is made, so double check that the bench you’re considering is suited to what you need it for.
Since our top-of-mind concern for these benches is convenience, we also look for pieces that are relatively easy to assemble and move around.
1. SONGMICS Padded Wooden Piano Bench
A classic piano bench, like most of our picks, is built for two people. But sometimes a single-seater bench is most convenient, especially in small spaces.
This basic piano bench design — with black, faux-leather tufted upholstery — makes this bench an easy fit for all styles of piano and most home decor, though its relatively smaller size is better-suited for a small piano or even a keyboard than a grand piano.
We’re also fans of the solid wood construction, with a reported weight capacity of 300 pounds, and rubber feet pads to protect floors and prevent skids and slides. We also like the ten-minute (or so) assembly time, though we’d advise swapping the wrench that comes included for a more reliable tool of your own.
2. TMS Double Piano Bench
Similar to the bench above, this piece’s black faux-leather upholstery and hardwood frame are classics, meaning design-wise it’s relatively universally compatible. We like that the hardwood frame appears to be well-crafted, and find the tufted upholstery particularly attractive and comfortable for long hours at the keyboard.
It is also a two-seater bench, which makes for a little more versatility as well as larger storage space beneath the seat. It’s a small detail, but a useful one, that the seat brackets lock when it is in the upward position, making it easier to sort through the bench’s storage.
3. Yaheetech Piano Bench with Storage
Outwardly very similar to the benches we recommended above, there are a few construction and quality features that particularly impressed us about this piano bench. For one thing, it has a max weight capacity of 400 pounds, which is considerably more than the 300 capacity of our first two picks. This is thanks to the high quality of materials and sturdy build.
Users of this bench are impressed by the quality and the storage space, as well as how comfortable the high density, thick sponge cushions are for remaining seated for long hours.