Moving a Piano – Detailed DIY Procedure Guide

A piano is a musical instrument that has been inspiring people’s imaginations and has been used by classical musicians for centuries. There can be different reasons why you need to move a piano from one location to another, such as during house relocation or when it becomes damaged and you no longer need it.

You should always hire professional movers for moving a piano as it is a complex task which requires specialised skills and equipment for safe handling.

This guide covers the materials required for moving different types of pianos. You can also get information about moving the piano over different surfaces, such as a carpet, hardwood floor, ramp, downstairs or upstairs.

Material Required

  • Tape
  • Van Ramp
  • Dolly Straps
  • Work Gloves
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Cardboard Pads
  • Heavy Duty Dolly
  • Weightlifting Straps

Procedure for Moving Different Types of Piano

Upright Piano

  • Measure the piano’s dimensions to plan the entire moving process.
  • Measure the door frames with a measuring tape or rope to ensure the upright piano can pass through them.
  • Clear the path of all the obstacles, such as carpets.
  • Wrap the piano’s lid over its keyboard with the help of tape to keep the lid in place while moving.
  • Cover the rest of the piano completely in a plastic wrap or cloth and secure it with tape.
  • Put on work gloves for lifting the piano on a dolly.
  • Strap the piano with dolly straps to secure it in position.
  • Use a ramp to load the upright piano into the van with the help of lifting straps.
  • Place the piano against the van’s back wall and put other things in front of it to place it securely.

Grand/Baby Grand Piano

  • Shut down the keyboard cover by stuffing tissue paper at all ends.
  • Remove the keyboard cover, if possible, and wrap it in a soft fabric for additional protection.
  • Remove the lid hinge pins carefully.
  • Unwind the screws that hold the pins on the plate.
  • Remove the lid from the grand piano, set it aside, and wrap it carefully to make it scratch-resistant while being transported.
  • Identify and remove the piano leg, having a label of number 1.
  • Place the piano gently, allowing its board cover to rest on a thick layer of soft tissues laid on the floor at the side of the number 1 leg.
  • Remove the grand piano’s rest of the legs.
  • Pad out all three legs separately.
  • Cover the whole instrument in moving blankets.
  • Load the piano in the van.
  • Put moving blankets on the floor of the van and then place the piano over them.

Moving a Piano

Procedure for Moving Piano on Different Surfaces

Carpets

  • Place a piece of flat plywood under the piano in such a way that all 3 legs are over it.
  • Lift the piano legs one by one and slide the plywood under each leg carefully.
  • Apply some pulling force on the piano to lift a certain portion of its weight.
  • Push the piano in the direction where it is to be moved.
  • Remove the plywood from under each of the legs once the piano is placed at the desired location.

Hardwood Floors

  • Close and lock the piano’s lid.
  • Check the piano legs to identify any damage or malfunctioning signs, such as cracks.
  • Dismantle the piano’s non-essential parts to reduce its overall weight while moving it.
  • Mop the hardwood floor to reduce the surface friction and make it more slippery to make the piano move easier.

Ramp

  • Use a metal stair ramp for moving the piano downstairs.
  • Prepare the loading ramp of the van by positioning it correctly.
  • Look for any bumps and other obstacles in the form of uneven surfaces to avoid damage.
  • Move the dolly with the piano in the downward direction on the ramp.
  • Exert push and pull force simultaneously for moving the dolly on the ramp.
  • Put the dolly with the piano on the van’s loading ramp.
  • Fix the dolly’s front end, point it forward and continue to push it to load into the van.

Downstairs/Upstairs

  • Lift the piano with the dolly and carry it up or down.
  • Lose the dolly to carry it through multiple steps.
  • Place cardboard pads on all steps to avoid surface scratches.
  • Hold the piano with lifting straps.
  • Lift and put down the piano step by step till it reaches the downstairs/upstairs location.

Moving a Piano–DIY Procedure Guide

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