$15 Piano Bench

8 Materials
3 Hours

My husband got me piano recently, but it didn’t come with a bench. After looking all over the internet for a decent priced option, I decided to just build my own for $15.

Wood list and measurements.

2- 2x6 cut to: 30”

2- 2x2 cut to: 9”

1- 2x2 cut to: 23”

4- 2x4 cut to: 16 1/2”

2- 2x4 cut to: 9”

2- 2x4 cut to: 21”

1- 2x4 cut to: 30”

I started out attaching my 2x4’s cut to 9” to the legs which are the 2x4’s cut to 16 1/2”. Using 2 1/2” wood screws, I screwed through the front of the leg and into the 9” side piece.

(see next photo for the front view of this step)

Once the side pieces were on, I used flat steel braces and some e6000 glue to attach the front piece (2x4 cut at 21”)

if you have a pocket hole screw set up, I would use it here Instead of the steel braces. I didn’t have one, so I did what I could. The way I did it is very secure, but you may prefer the look of pocket holes instead.

Once you’ve finished the top (Open) rectangle of your Bench it’s time to add in a brace for this, you’ll need your 2x2 pieces. I screwed both of my 9” 2x2’s into the longer one and then attatched them as a whole to the bench. I found it was easier to be sure I got both 9” pieces level and even with the middle piece already in place.

I placed the brace 6” from the bottom of each leg.

To secure them, I used one screw through the front of the legs and into the 9” portion of the brace.

Finally grab your last 2x4 and 2x6’s for the top of your bench. I used e6000 glue around the entire top (Open rectangle) of my bench to help add extra security to the slats on top. Then I marked the center on each side and placed the 2x4 in the center first, attached it and then placed the two 2x6’s on either side of it.

After you’ve built your bench, it’s time to sand! (And remember to sand really well because you’ll be sitting on this😉)

For this I started with a medium grit. I sanded the entire bench, and then followed up with the fine grit sanding block to get the wood silky smooth.

To stain my bench I used two different stains. I started with a nice even coat of Minwax Fruitwood stain. Once that dried completely, I lightly went over the wood with Minwax Provincial stain. ( I wanted my wood to look aged and have depth, so I didn’t do the provincial stain evenly all over.)

After the darker stain had sat for about 10 minutes, I wiped it away and slightly blended it with a rag.

once the stain was finished, I white washed the entire bench with white paint mixed in water.

After the white wash dried I added a few little white paint smears to help the wood look more ‘aged and found‘ rather than brand new.

After 3 coats of satin polycrilic, the bench is done and I love it! The height is perfect, it’s very sturdy, and it’s just our style.

This bench is much cheaper than any other option out there, and in my opinion, much more attractive.

Suggested materials:

  • 3- 2x4x8   (Lowes)
  • 1- 2x6x8   (Lowes)
  • 1- 2x2x8   (Lowes)
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