Many people are surprised to learn that not all piano benches are created equal. In fact, there is a fair amount of variance in all types of piano accessories, including the bench. If you need to select a piano bench that is right for you and your piano, here are few tips that will point you in the right direction.
One of the first factors to consider is the type of piano you have. Do you have an upright piano or possibly a grand or baby grand? Depending on your piano, the appropriate piano bench may be a little wider, longer, or taller in order to conform to the dimensions of the piano itself. Focusing your attention on benches designed for your type of piano will allow you to disregard benches that are designed for use with other pianos and speed up your search.
If appearance is important, you may want to go with an artist piano bench. While many different benches adjust in height using a handle or hand crank device, the artist bench is equipped with an apron that conceals the mechanism when not in use. Other benches will allow the handle to be easily viewed by anyone in the room.
Seating is another important consideration with a piano bench. While the wood seat is easy to maintain and works well when the piano is played sporadically, it is not the best option if you or others in the household play the piano often and for long periods. Look into padded seats covered in a high-quality grade of leather. They can still be maintained with relative ease and will be appreciated by anyone who sits down to play.
Matching the color and style of the piano bench to your piano should also be taken into consideration. Along with matching the stain on the wood, make sure the general design is in harmony with the contours of the piano. If your piano has graceful lines rather than sharp points, try to find a piano bench that is less angular and sharp in design. Doing so will provide more of a sense that both piano and bench were purchased together.
If space is a problem, you may want to also consider piano stools. Smaller than benches, a piano stool works very well with smaller pianos, such as a spinet or a small upright. Many stools also are adjustable and can be purchased with a padded seat.
Cost is likely to be a factor as well. Keep in mind that while it is possible to purchase an inexpensive piano bench, the materials may not be the quality you prefer. If the bench is used often, you may find yourself replacing it in a couple of years. Going with the best quality bench you can afford will be the best investment in the long term.
Choosing the best piano bench boils down to deciding on the style, color, quality, and price that is right for you. Take your time in looking over the possibilities, then choose the bench that will provide satisfaction on all levels, and you are much more likely to enjoy your selection for many years to come.