How To Build A Piano Bench

Piano benches can be beautiful additions to any piano and it may be helpful to know how to build a piano bench. They can store music in the seat for easy access for the pianist. The amount of music that can be stored can be up to you if you choose to build your own piano bench.

Items needed:

  • Wood
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw
  • Sand Paper
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush
  • Wood sealer
  • Set of hinges
  • Foam (optional)
  • Staples (optional)
  • Material (optional)


  1. Set down on paper exactly what you want your piano bench to look like when you are done. Be specific -how tall, how wide, do you want the seat to be cushioned, what color do you want it to be, how much music do you want to be able to store in it, etc.
  2. Purchase the materials required to complete your project. Specific details in step one will ensure you have all of the supplies needed.
  3. Cut wood to proportions detailed in step one. Sand any rough edges with sand paper. Stain wood to desired hue. Seal wood with sealant.
  4. Prepare bench seat lid. If making the seat padded, glue foam rubber to the top of the lid. Cover with material, folding the material under the lid. Staple the material to the bottom of lid. Place finished piece of wood over stapled material for a professional, finished look.
  5. Assemble the hinged seat. The bottom will be raised to leave room underneath to attach the legs. Place long ends of the bench opposite each other and attach ends to them with nails. Screw one wedge in each of the four corners on the inside of the bench seat to add stability to the seat. Use three screws, two on one side and two on the other. Two inches from the bottom of the bench interior, nail 1×1 pieces of wood to hold the bottom of the bench up so that the legs can be attached to the bench. These can run all of the way across the interior or only part of the way. Attach the bottom of the piano bench by setting the 1×1 pieces on the interior of the bench to hold up the bottom. Attach lid with hinges. 
  6. Attach legs with four screws to the recessed bottom of the bench seat. Use two on each side of the legs where they meet the wood.
  7. Allow wood glue to cure for forty-eight hours before use.



Glue velvet to the bottom of the legs to prevent scratches on hardwood floors.

Apply wood glue to each place where wood meets wood during the construction to provide added stability and strength.

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