Build a Piano Bench

What You'll Need
Circular saw
Measuring tape
Wood glue
Wood clamps
Short wood screws
Two hinges
Paint brush

Is your piano bench worn out from many years of use? Did the gorgeous piano you just purchased come without one? The solution: build your own piano bench.


  • 4 1 inch corner brackets
  • Foam rubber
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun

Step 1: Choose a Type of Wood

Find out what your old piano bench is made from or select a wood that matches your piano. The standard woods for a piano bench are ebony, maple, and mahogany.

Step 2: Measure and Cut your Pieces

Here is a list of measurements. In parenthesis is the number of each piece you will need. All pieces should be at least ½ inch thick.

  • 27 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches (2)
  • 12 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches (2)
  • 14 inches by 1 ½ inches (2)
  • 18 ½ inches by 2 inches (4)
  • 29 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches (2)
  • 29 ½ inches by 14 inches (1)
  • 30 inches by 15 inches (1)

Step 3: Assemble the Bottom Frame

Lay out 1 piece measuring 29 ½ inches by 14 inches on a flat surface. This is the base of your piano bench. Take 2 pieces measuring 27 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches and place it along the sides of the base. Next position the 2 smallest pieces (12 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches) on the short sides. Make sure everything lines up properly and then glue it all together. Use your drill and some short wood screws to secure the bottom of the piano bench. Let the glue dry.

Step 4: Attaching the Legs

One at a time, apply glue to each of the legs (18 ½ inches by 2 inches) and set them in the corners. At this point, wood clamps are needed to hold the legs in place while the glue dries. Once again, drill in some wood screws and allow the glue to dry.

Step 5: Creating the Compartment

Slowly stand the piano bench upright. Place the 2 pieces measuring 29 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches on the long sides and the 14 inch by 1 ½ inch pieces on the short sides. Spread glue on the bottom of the pieces, put them together in a rectangular shape, and fortify everything with wood screws.

Step 6: Adding a Seat

Fasten two small hinges to the bottom edge of the piece that is 30 inches by 15 inches and then to the inside of the piano bench compartment.

Step 7: Staining

Select a stain in a color you like and follow all instructions. Avoid water base stains; they usually take over 12 hours to dry.

Extra Touches

For added stability, use 1 inch corner brackets on the inside of the bottom frame during step 3 (1 per corner). You may also wish to include a seat cushion for extra comfort. The quickest method is to glue a piece of foam rubber measuring 30 inches by 15 inches and ½ inch thick to the seat. Then, cover the piano bench seat with a piece of fabric that is at least 2 inches bigger around than the seat itself. Fold the fabric underneath the compartment lid and staple it in place.