Piano Keyboard Height and How It is Measured

The height of a standard piano keyboard, measured from the floor to the top of the white keys, is approximately 28 1/2 inches.  This piano keyboard height is suitable for the average adult player. 

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Children should use cushions to raise themselves to the correct height.

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When the piano keyboard height is correct, the player’s wrists and elbows will be at the same level as, or just above, the keys.  The hands, wrists, and forearms should form a straight line.

Piano Bench Height

A piano bench is typically 19-20 inches high.  The piano bench height is the same whether the piano bench is for one or two players.  When the piano bench is at the correct height, the player’s feet will rest flat on the floor, directly under their knees.

Piano Bench Dimensions

The typical width of a piano bench for one player is approximately 30 inches wide.  A piano bench for two players, called a duet bench, is 35 to 45 inches wide.  Benches are 13 to 16 inches deep for both one and two players.

Black Key Height

The black keys are approximately one-half inch higher than the white keys on a piano.  When the black keys are played, the compressed height is higher than the white keys by approximately the thickness of a United States nickel, which is about 0.08 inches.

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Piano Height

Height of Common Piano Types, measured from the floor to the highest point:

  • Spinet Piano – 36 inch to 40 inch height
  • Console Piano – piano height typically 40-43 inches
  • Studio Piano – ranges from 44 to 48 inches in height
  • Upright Piano – 49 to 60 inches in height
  • Upright Grand – typical height is 49 to 60 inches
  • Studio Upright – piano height is 49 to 60 inches
  • Antique Upright – ranges from 49 to 60 inches in height
  • Baby Grand – height ranges from 4′ 11″ to 5′ 6″ (4 foot, 11 inches to 5 foot, 6 inches)
  • Medium Grand Piano – 5′ 6″ to 6′ 6″
  • Semi Concert Grand Piano – 6′ 9″ to  7′ 4″
  • Concert Grand – 8′ to 9′ 3″

Video Overview of Proper Distance and Height from the Keyboard

Excellent Video about proper distances when playing the piano


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