Sit in Style: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Piano Bench

Sit in Style: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Piano Bench

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As a pianist, you know that the right equipment can make all the difference in your performance. But have you ever considered the importance of your piano bench

A comfortable and supportive bench is essential for proper posture and technique, allowing you to play for extended periods without strain or discomfort. There is also the risk of injury, which we have discussed in detail.

There are several types of piano benches available on the market, each with its unique features and benefits. 

In this article, we’ll explore the three most common types of piano benches and help you determine which one is right for you. We will also share Hidrau examples of these piano benches.

3 Types of Piano Benches: Which One is Right for You?

Traditional Piano Bench

The traditional piano bench is a timeless classic that has been in use for centuries. These benches are typically made from high-quality wood, with a cushioned seat and legs that are fixed in place. 

They are sturdy, comfortable, and provide excellent support for proper posture and technique.

Good traditional piano benches made by Hidrau are the models in the Classy Series, which include the Hamburg (see it in the photo above), the Munich, and the Washington. In our article about modern piano benches, we get into the nitty gritty of traditional piano benches mostly crafted with wood.

And it’s important to mention that “traditional” doesn’t necessarily mean “fixed height”. At Hidrau, our most traditional-looking models (we prefer the term Classics) enjoy our market-leading hydraulic system for precise adjustment.

Benefits of Traditional Piano Benches

  1. Timeless design that adds elegance and sophistication to your playing space.
  2. Sturdy construction that ensures stability and support while playing.
  3. Comfortable cushioning that provides adequate support for extended playing sessions.
  4. Suitable for players of all skill levels and ages.

Adjustable Piano Bench

An adjustable piano bench is a versatile option that allows you to customize the height of your seat to match your playing needs. 

These benches typically feature a cushioned seat and legs that can be adjusted using a lever or knob. This feature makes them an excellent choice for players who require more or less height to achieve proper posture and technique.

Adjustability is one of the major factors when choosing a piano bench. As we described in detail in our mega-guide to choose your next bench, being able to adjust your bench’s height is critical for good posture and form when playing the piano. It may be easy to ignore that this factor alone can influence your performance.

Our piano benches in the Academy Series, as you can see in the photo above, offer the convenience of height adjustment. Superb models like the Barcelona, the Paris, and the Chicago sport a novel hydraulic system that is highly precise and enables the piano player to effortlessly adjust the bench.

Benefits of Adjustable Piano Benches

  1. Customizable height that can be adjusted to fit players of different sizes and preferences.
  2. Comfortable cushioning that provides adequate support for extended playing sessions.
  3. Suitable for players of all skill levels and ages.
  4. Versatile and adaptable to different playing situations and spaces.

Piano Stool

A piano stool is a simple and affordable option that is often used in smaller spaces or for casual playing. 

These stools are typically made from wood or metal and feature a round, cushioned seat that is fixed in place. While not as comfortable or supportive as other options, they can still provide adequate support for proper posture and technique.

Benefits of Piano Stools

  1. Affordable and accessible option for players on a budget.
  2. Compact design that makes them easy to store and transport.
  3. Suitable for casual playing and smaller spaces.
  4. Simple and straightforward design that requires little maintenance.


Q: How do I determine the right height for my adjustable piano bench?

A: The ideal height for your bench will depend on your height and playing style. A good rule of thumb is to sit on the bench with your feet flat on the floor and your thighs parallel to the ground. Your arms should be at a 90-degree angle to the keyboard. We have a detailed article on how to sit correctly when playing the piano.

Q: Can I use a piano stool for extended playing sessions?

A: While piano stools can provide adequate support for proper posture and technique, they may not be as comfortable as other options for extended playing sessions. If you plan to play for long periods, you may want to consider a traditional or adjustable piano bench.

Q: Are there any maintenance requirements for piano benches?

A: Depending on the material and construction of your bench, there may be some maintenance requirements, such as cleaning or polishing. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations to ensure the longevity and quality of your bench.


Choosing the right piano bench is essential for comfortable and enjoyable playing. Whether you prefer a traditional look, need an adjustable option, or want a simple and affordable solution, there is a bench out there that is perfect for you.

Consider your playing style, size, and space requirements when choosing a bench. Don’t settle for a bench that doesn’t meet your needs or compromises your posture and technique. By investing in a quality bench, you can elevate your playing experience and enjoy your music to the fullest.

So, take the time to explore your options and find the perfect piano bench for you. With the right bench, you can sit in style and play your heart out!

And of course, spend a minute or two getting to know our award-winning piano benches.