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  • Writer's pictureGarret Reuter

Protecting Floors During Relocation: The Art of Piano Moving

Updated: Nov 7

 "Close-up view of protective floor covering layers being applied to a wooden floor to prevent scratches and damage during furniture moving."

Relocating a piano is more than just a physical task; it’s an art form that blends careful planning with delicate handling. These cherished instruments are not just heavy; they are embodiments of memories and melodies. In this guide, we delve into the intricacies of moving your piano while ensuring your floors remain unscathed, preserving both your precious instrument and your home’s aesthetics.

Preparation: Mapping the Move

  • Assessment: The first step in piano relocation is understanding what you're up against. Determine whether your piano is a grand, baby grand, or upright. Each type demands a different approach in terms of handling and space navigation.

  • Measurements: Measure your piano's dimensions and weigh it if possible. Next, measure doorways, hallways, and any turns on your planned path. Remember, it’s not just about fitting through spaces but also maneuvering comfortably without risking damage.

  • Clearing the Path: Ensure the entire route is free of obstacles. This includes rugs, furniture, and even small floor decorations. The clearer the path, the smoother the move.

Gathering Essential Materials

  • Moving Blankets or Pads: These are crucial for protecting the piano's surface from scratches and dents.

  • Furniture Sliders: Sliders placed under the piano's legs can help in smoothly moving it across the floor.

  • Piano Dolly: A must-have for grand pianos, this specialized equipment makes it easier to move the instrument without exerting undue stress on its legs.

  • Floor Coverings: Depending on your floor type (hardwood, tile, or carpet), choose appropriate coverings like plywood sheets, hardboard, or heavy-duty fabric runners.

Floor Protection Strategies

  • Floor Covering Options: Select floor coverings that suit your floor type and the piano's weight. For hardwood floors, hardboard or plywood sheets can distribute weight evenly, preventing scratches and dents.

  • Application Techniques: Lay the coverings across the entire pathway, ensuring they overlap slightly to create a continuous protective layer. Secure them with low-residue tape to prevent shifting during the move.

Executing the Move

  • Securing the Piano: Wrap the piano with moving blankets, making sure every part, especially the corners and edges, is well protected. Use straps or heavy-duty tape to secure the blankets.

  • Lifting Techniques: The golden rule – never lift a piano by its legs or pedals. Always lift from the base, maintaining a straight back and using your legs to bear the weight.

  • Using a Dolly: Place the piano carefully on the dolly. For upright pianos, a sturdy furniture dolly might suffice. Ensure the piano is stable and secure before moving.

Navigating Challenges

  • Corners and Stairs: These are the trickiest parts of any piano move. Move slowly, communicate clearly with your helpers, and always keep the piano's balance in mind. If stairs are involved, professional assistance is highly recommended.

  • Teamwork: Ensure you have enough people to help. Assign everyone a specific role, such as guiding, lifting, or stabilizing the piano.

Professional Assistance:

When to Call in the Experts Sometimes, the safest option is to hire professional piano movers. This is especially true for grand pianos, stairs-heavy routes, or when the piano has exceptional value—either monetary or sentimental.

Patience and Respect for the Instrument

Moving a piano successfully requires patience, respect for the instrument, and a methodical approach. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a smooth transition for your piano to its new location, without any harm to your floors or the piano itself.

Have you moved a piano recently? Do you have additional insights or stories to share about your experience? Join the conversation in the comments below and help others learn from your journey!

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