DIY Piano Bench Plans

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DIY Piano Bench Plans
Create a piano bench that suits your family's needs. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Piano benches are often designed to suit the piano it will be placed with. Piano benches can be expensive to purchase, due to the designs and materials used to construct it. As there are no set design rules regarding a piano bench, you can design the piano bench to suit your home decor, piano design and personal needs. This particular piano bench design will suit most pianos, as it measures 14 inches in width, 29 inches in length and 20 inches in height.

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch thick plywood boards
  • 2-inch thick lumber pieces
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Self-adhesive foam grips

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  1. 1

    Place the lumber down on a flat surface, like a table or the floor. Measure the lumber, so you create four pieces measuring 2 inches wide, 2 inches deep and 20 inches tall. Use the pencil, measuring tape and ruler to ensure the pieces are drawn straight and evenly. These will be the legs of the piano bench.

  2. 2

    Place the 1/2-inch thick plywood board down. Using the pencil, measuring tape and ruler, draw two pieces for the supportive wooden frame that measures 29 inches by 2 inches. Draw two additional support pieces measuring 13 inches by 2 inches. Lastly, draw the seating board measuring 29 inches by 14 inches.

  3. 3

    Cut out the plywood pieces along with the lumber pieces using the jigsaw. Use pieces of sandpaper to remove any splinters from the freshly cut wood.

  4. 4

    Take the four support pieces created in step 2 and 3. Place the 29-inch long pieces on their sides and horizontally in front of you. Place the 13-inch long support pieces on their sides and place them vertically in front of you, but in between the 29-inch pieces to create a rectangular frame. Connect the corners by hammering two nails into each corner to stabilise the wooden frame.

  5. 5

    Take one piano bench leg and place it in one corner of the wooden frame. The leg should be sticking straight up in the air. Hammer nails into the side of the wooden frame, so the nails extend into the leg. Hammer at least four nails into each side of the corner to ensure that the leg is securely attached to the frame. Complete the same procedure with the remaining three legs.

  6. 6

    Turn the piano bench right side up. Place the seating board measuring 29 inches by 14 inches on top of the wooden frame. Ensure that each side matches up. Use nails and the hammer to attach the seating board to the wooden frame. Place the nails with no more than one inch apart around the perimeter.

  7. 7

    Paint or stain the piano bench with the paintbrush, so it matches your piano or home decor. For a darker and bolder look, apply several coats of paint or stain. Let it dry overnight.

  8. 8

    Add one self-adhesive foam grip under each piano bench leg to ensure the lumber will not scratch your floors or slide around when people are sitting on it.

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