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How to Move a Piano

how to move a piano

Your guide for how to move any piano

Moving isn’t always easy, especially with fragile items such as pianos. If you aren’t sure how to move a piano, or how to move a grand piano, you’ve come to the right place. At WridgWays we have over 125 years’ experience in the moving industry and can help you move your piano with ease.

This guide will show you the steps to moving pianosgrand pianos, and baby grand pianos.

Not sure how to move a piano? Talk to the friendly staff at WridgWays today!

How to move a piano

Moving a piano isn’t easy and it’s always best to get professional help. They are fragile, expensive, and very heavy. Pianos need to be moved carefully with the right equipment and vehicles.

Preparing to move a piano

  • You will need to ensure the piano lid is closed and secure and any music stands are laid flat.
  • Remove any wheels from the base of the piano and then wrap the piano completely in heavy duty moving blankets.
  • You will then need to secure the moving blankets with packing tape, rope, and straps. This will ensure the piano is protected every step of the way.
  • Make sure you have a vehicle that is capable of carrying a piano and ensure the piano is secured properly inside. This is the best method to protect your piano and ensure it is not damaged along the way.

The different types of pianos

Grand pianos and baby grand pianos are very similar. The only real difference between the two is the size. Baby grand pianos are generally under 5 feet, whereas grand pianos range from 5 feet to around 9 feet in length.

A normal piano is generally referred to as an upright piano. This looks quite different to baby grand and grand pianos as the strings are vertical, whereas the strings in grand pianos and baby grand pianos are horizontal. The other main difference you will notice between them is the size. Upright pianos are quite small and are generally categorized as either short, medium, or tall.

Moving a piano (upright piano)

how to move an upright piano

Pianos are smaller, lighter, and easier to move than grand and baby grand pianos. They are still fragile and often quite heavy, but not as much as grand pianos. To move an upright piano you will need a few people to help and the right equipment.

How to move an upright piano:

  1. Wrap the piano with heavy duty moving blankets.
  2. Using a dolly that is at least half the length of the piano, position it under the piano.
  3. Position movers at each end of the piano to help steady it.
  4. Carefully lift the piano onto the dolly from a squatting position.
  5. Use the dolly to roll the piano to the exit, making sure to stabilise it over any bumps on the ground.
  6. If there are stairs on the property, make sure you put a ramp down so that you can roll the dolly easily down the ramp.
  7. Push the piano up onto the truck ramp.
  8. Secure the piano in the truck using moving straps.

Baby grand piano

how to move a baby grand piano

Baby grand pianos are similar in style to grand pianos but are generally slightly smaller. They have strings that run vertically and are generally under 5 feet in length. Given the size, these pianos can still be quite heavy and it is important to be careful while moving them.

How to move a baby grand piano:

  1. You will need at least three people to help move a baby grand piano.
  2. Remove the music rack by pulling it towards the keyboard and wrap it up.
  3. Remove the piano lid by removing the hinge pins and wrap it carefully in furniture pads or heavy duty moving blankets.
  4. Remove the stand that holds the piano lid open and wrap this carefully.
  5. Remove the pedal and wrap this up.
  6. Wrap the piano in heavy duty moving blankets.
  7. Position the piano board near the piano and attach the straps.
  8. Remove the piano’s lyre from underneath the keyboard, ensuring you keep all the screws and metal plates secure.
  9. Carefully place the piano onto the piano board and secure it with the straps.
  10. Remove all the piano legs and wrap up each leg with heavy duty moving blankets.
  11. To transport the piano to the moving truck, place the piano and the piano board onto a dolly.

Grand piano

The grand piano is the largest type of piano available. They can be anywhere from 5 feet to 9 feet in length and have strings that run vertically. These will be the most difficult to transport as they are large, heavy, and very fragile.

How to move a grand piano:

  1. You will need a few people to help you move a grand piano.
  2. Remove the large lid of the grand piano, which will be attached by screws and hinges on its longest side.
  3. Wrap the lid carefully in heavy duty moving blankets.
  4. Strap the piano to the piano board using heavy duty buckle straps.
  5. Remove the piano’s lyre from underneath the keyboard and keep all the screws and metal plates in a safe place.
  6. Remove the pedal and wrap with bubble wrap.
  7. Carefully set the piano onto its side on the piano board.
  8. Remove all of the piano legs and wrap up each leg with heavy duty moving blankets.
  9. To transport the piano to the moving truck, place the piano and the piano board onto a dolly.

Tips and tricks for moving pianos

If you are moving the piano yourself rather than hiring professional removalists you’ll need the right equipment. This includes heavy duty moving blankets, heavy duty packing tape, ropes, straps, a moving dolly, and a moving vehicle. This is important to ensure the safety of your piano.

To make sure your piano isn’t bumped or damaged on the way out, measure all exits to ensure it will fit through. It’s also a good idea to remove any obstacles. Make sure the truck doors are open before you start moving the piano, and ensure any ramps or hydraulic lifts are deployed and ready to go.

Need help moving your piano? WridgWays can help!