When you purchase an acoustic piano from a retail store, usually a bench comes with it as the piano itself is quite expensive and as a courtesy, the manufacturer or dealer oftentimes adds a bench for you. However, in case of digital pianos especially purchased online, a bench may not be included. Some bundled models such as Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Piano, or Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano come with a bench. However, Yamaha P71 Digital Piano does not come with a bench, in which case, you may want to look for a bench unless you put the keyboard on a table and use a chair already available at home.
Types of piano benches
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Standard bench height is about 19 to 20 inches. If only one person uses the piano, a fixed-height bench like this works for you.
If multiple people plays the piano, it may be useful to have a bench whose height can be adjustable. Turning the round knob on the side can adjust the height of the seat.
Benches with storage
Many benches have the seat part opens up to have a compartment to store music notes.
These benches are for two people to sit and play duet. Many says "duet," however, if the width is about 30, 31 inches, they are too narrow for two adults to sit. 33 or even wider is better.
These benches are small, easy-to-carry seats that would go well with portable digital pianos or keyboards. You can put away when not in use.
As you can see, there are many different types of piano benches available. Of course, these styles can be mixed; for example, there are fixed-height benches with storage or without storage.
On top of it, materials differ. There are leather, artificial vinyl material, wood, and steel, and seats can be well-padded or not so padded.
Prices vary greatly as well. A very simple collapsible seat like Ohuhu X-style Adjustable Padded Keyboard Bench or Casio ARBENCH X-Style Adjustable Padded Keyboard Bench, or Yamaha PKBB1 Adjustable Padded Keyboard X-Style Bench is very affordable, however, you may need a little more stable bench with furniture look such as SONGMICS Padded Wooden Piano Bench Stool or Adjustable Artist Piano Bench.
Determine if you need:
- 1height adjustment or no, (Fixed Height or Adjustable)
- 2to put away while not in use or can keep it out, (Furniture Style or Collapsible)
- 3music storage or no, (With Storage or No Storage)
- 4a one-person or two-people seat (33-inch Wide or More is Better for Duet)
- 5Leather or Vinyl
Budget is also a major determining factor. Quality products with stable construction and good material are in general more expensive, just with anything else, but it is an investment.
Hope you find a good piano bench that suits your needs. If you are still looking for a digital piano, check this page.