Playing the piano is never fun if your piano is overcrowding your living space. So in this article, I’m going to share my picks for the absolute best pianos for small spaces. We’ll cover a handful of reasonably sized digital pianos you might like, and even a few acoustic pianos that could work well for your living space, as well.
Best Pianos for Small Spaces – Digital Pianos
Although acoustic pianos have their place, digital pianos and keyboards are much better if you’re looking for something smaller. Depending on the brand you select, you can get a quality sound for a fraction of the space used, and it’s particularly great for people who’d like to learn how to play but don’t have the funds for an expensive acoustic piano.
Let’s begin with Casio. If you have a small space but are looking for an affordable piano, I think the Casio CDP-S360 is definitely worth a look.
While this piano’s length is pretty typical (52”), it’s only 9” depth and about 3.9” tall. That’s a very reasonable size, and if you have a table or desk that’s only 10” deep, the CDP-S360 will fit quite perfectly.
But a nice, compact digital piano doesn’t matter much if the instrument itself isn’t too impressive. Luckily, the CDP-S360 comes with some solid features for an instrument that costs about $600. For one, you’re getting the Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II, which is going to give you some nice touch response. It won’t trick you into believing you’re playing on an expensive acoustic piano, but it will give you enough of a simulation response to feel very nice underneath your fingertips (especially since it comes with five sensitivity levels).
And if you’re a feature guy or gal, you have a lot to play around with here. The CDP-S360 comes with a whopping 700 built in tones and 200 rhythms. I think that even if you’re a beginner, this is going to be a piano you can have a lot of fun with.
- Notable Alternative: If you’re not interested in the Casio CDP-S360, you definitely might want to consider the Yamaha P-125 instead.
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Alesis makes both the Alesis Prestige and Alesis Prestige Artist digital pianos. You might think you’re saving some physical space by picking the cheaper Prestige over the more expensive Prestige Artist, but that’s not the case, as both pianos feature an 88-key keybed and very similar dimensions.
I got the chance to try out the Prestige Artist a while back, and overall, I think it works pretty well when it comes to having a piano in a small space. As you can see in the photo above, I had the Prestige Artist sitting on top of a relatively small work desk.
The Prestige Artist measures 52” wide, 11.7” deep and about 5.9” tall. On top of that, the Prestige Artist weight about 28 lbs, so while it’s not the lightest piano ever made, I don’t think it carries any kind of unreasonable heft for a portable piano.
I’m also a fan of LCD or OLED display screens on digital pianos (so you can easily see what you typed into the piano’s settings), and the Prestige Artist (not the regular Prestige) comes with a screen. You’re also going to get more voices and polyphony with the Prestige Artist, as well.
Overall, if you’re serious about learning how to play the piano, and you have a small space suitable for a full size portable digital piano, the Prestige Artist is definitely something worth considering if you seek an affordable piano option.
- Notable Alternative: If you’re really not feeling the Alesis Prestige or Prestige Artist, but you still want a good portable digital piano, then you might want to consider either the Roland FP-30X or the Yamaha DGX-670.
This is a great keyboard for beginners. Although it only has 61 keys (instead of the usual 88) this only adds to the compactness of the instrument, making it easier to store and easier to learn. The dimensions are 44 inches by 21 inches by 7 inches; it can easily be carried, transported by car, or stored under a bed or in a closet.
Another plus is that, instead of a few thousand dollars, this piano will only cost a little over $200 from some vendors. However, the affordability does not at all sacrifice worth or quality. As with all keyboards, there is going to be a mechanical element to the sound, but this keyboard has done a good job of suppressing it, allowing the natural tone to shine through when played.
This is just my opinion, but this is one of the best quality cheaper keyboards I’ve ever heard. There’s only a slight mechanical element to the sound, and it plays smoothly, allowing for a great deal of expression that can be difficult to find on some keyboards. It also has a wide range of sound effects available (including piano, organ, drum kits, strings, brass, and more), as well as a few pads that can be used to bend notes or create additional effects.
It’s also the smallest keyboard of any piano on this list. Its dimensions are (rounding up) 35 inches by 11 inches by 4 inches. It’s also less than nine pounds—easy to transport and store, while still keeping the quality of the sound intact. With all the options for sound effects and additional elements included, it’s hard to believe it’s only a few hundred dollars (around $350 from some sellers). This would be my personal recommendation if you’re looking for a small keyboard to start learning piano!
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For those of you interested in music production or song writing, this is an excellent option. The quality is good overall, and the specs are great for an apartment or small living space (it only weighs sixteen pounds and is only a few inches in height, making it easy to store under a bed or upright in a closet) but includes over seven hundred sounds on several instruments.
It’s priced near $550 on a couple of different websites, but it’s well worth the investment. The Korg EK-50 is easy to transport and store, has great quality and several available sounds, and is extremely versatile in several capacities. Especially if you’re looking for a good keyboard for an apartment or dorm room, I would highly recommend this one.
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Best Acoustic Pianos for Small Spaces
Let’s begin with a Young Chang piano.
Young Chang Y-114
The Young Chang Y-114 piano accounts for the possible lack of space without sacrificing things like tone or beauty. This acoustic piano is a glossy black with stunning ivory keys, and the tone is nice and rich, especially for a piano that’s comparatively small. It’s only five feet long and a little less than four feet tall, so it should be fairly to squeeze in somewhere.
Although it is over four hundred pounds (and I don’t know about all of you, but I’m definitely not moving that sucker by myself!) it does come on wheels, so it’s going to be significantly easier to move around than a typical upright digital piano. Young Chang is a prolific manufacturer, and for good reason. This piano may be a bit expensive, but it really is an excellent option if your space is limited.
The Essex EUP-123, which was designed by Steinway and Sons, is an excellent option for a small space if you’re looking for something high-quality. Although it is very expensive compared to some other brands (upwards of $5,000) the price is reflective of the high quality. The length is five feet, and the height is forty-eight and a half inches. The depth is very manageable, as well, at just over two feet.
Again, it’s quite heavy, but the wheels make it easier to move around, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a space for it. The quality of the sound is excellent, so it really is a steal to find such a compact piano with such great engineering. This is a great option if you’re set on getting an acoustic piano and have the funds to do so!
Finally, another great option is the Weber AW-121. This company is owned by the same business group that owns Young Chang, so their make and model is very similar. The sound is rich and professional, making it great for both practice and performance, and the body makes it easy enough to fit into small spaces. This piano would probably sell for anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000, which is a very reasonable price for the instrument being purchased.
The height is 48 inches, which is fairly standard, but the width is just under five feet, and the depth is only two feet. It’s a great compromise between quality and convenience, and as long as you have the proper support to move it (it’s just under 500 pounds) it’s a great option!
Whether you’re looking for an acoustic or digital piano, you’re the only one who can ultimately decide what’s best for your needs and your home. I’ve given you some options for the best piano for small spaces, but what works for you will depend on the space you have and what you’d like to do with the piano.
Is it going to be used in performances, or just practice? Is it going to be a hobby or a serious goal? All of these questions will change which piano is your ideal fit, so be sure to think critically about it before you decide!
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