How to Move a Piano


Are you looking for a way to move your piano? If so, then this article is perfect for you. Pianos can be very large and heavy, which makes them difficult to move. They also have fragile parts that need extra care when they are being moved. Luckily, there are some easy ways to make the process easier! In this blog post, we will cover how you can measure your piano before moving it as well as tips on where the best place would be to start lifting it from its side.

Move Piano in the Van

Depending on the distance between your current location and your destination, you may need to rely on a van or truck to transport the piano. Moving a piano into a truck requires careful technique.

If you have a ramp leading to your vehicle, this will be an easy process. In order for the piano to go up the ramp safely, there must be people pushing it. This should be relatively easy as you have used at least three movers to get the piano downstairs.

To transport a piano, place it facing the back of your moving van. Placing a wooden board or plywood under the piano will ensure an even surface and help avoid injury from bumps against legs, which is likely if it is fully lying down, or soften bumps against the floor when the end of the piano is not elevated. Strapping the piano into the truck will ensure that it stays put during transport. Cover the piano with a plastic sheet, positioning it so that no wood will touch the side of your van during transport.

Leaving the piano on its dolly in the back of the truck is risky because it may shift and be damaged. Unbolt the upright piano from the van wall and then remount it on your piano dolly before removing it.

Transporting a piano is likely to significantly loosen the strings, which can result in out-of-tune melodies after arriving at your destination.

However, piano moving and storage tips will help you prepare for your upcoming move. You must leave the piano for at least two weeks before hiring a tuner to bring it up to its correct pitch (calibration).

Measure and Decide

Pianos are heavy and inconvenient to move. It is necessary, therefore, to plan when it's time to relocate one of these instruments. The following information is an important part of the process for moving a piano:

Clear your new and existing locations of any obstructions before moving the piano using a map. When moving a piano, it is very important to make sure doors are open.

As a piano owner, measure your piano to make sure it will fit through the doorways and area you want to transport it in. One way is by checking out what size truck you need, and the other is by measuring your piano.

Make sure the floor is protected throughout the entire path that the piano will have to take.

Make sure children and pets are nowhere near the piano before lifting it.

If you plan to take a piano up or down the stairs, be sure to use a ramp.

One of the best ways to move a piano is with help from moving professionals, but it's also possible without them with the help of family members. There are many difficulties when it comes to moving pianos; in particular, they are very heavy and awkward. Typically, piano moving requires the help of four to five helpers. One person should be assigned to move the piano inside and outside of the van.

Move Piano on its Side

When moving a piano into tight areas, such as narrow doorways or corner areas, you may have to turn it on its side. This will not damage your piano but is best carried out with care. Once you are in your new destination, if the piano needs to be on its side again, do not let it stay that way for long. Moving the piano is a lot of work, but it's not impossible.

Make sure your piano doesn't bang against doorways and stairwells as you move it. Stretch soft blankets or other soft materials around corners and entrances to prevent damage. Next, move any obstructions out of the way.

Because of its large size, you may have to move around any tight corners cautiously while ensuring that your helpers know the direction you are turning.

Cover it with a moving blanket secured with packing tape or lifting straps to protect the keyboard from damage.

Protect all legs and pedals with moving blankets to keep them from getting scratched. Tape the back of the foot pedal or any other wire/cord that protrudes too far out from underneath the piano to cover it and ensure it doesn't get caught in anything once you carry the piano sideways. Loading the legs and pedals onto a hand truck will make moving easier for you.

Next, one person should move to the back of the piano while the second moves in front. This will bring the weight farther from you and allow for easy shifting onto a dolly. Make sure nobody drops their side of the piano, and everyone is still holding it; secure your end to the dolly with tie-downs.


If you're a pianist and need to move your piano, we recommend hiring movers. We've got some tips on how to get the best price out of them, though! Hire NCY commercial movers with confidence by following these steps when inquiring about pricing so that you know what kind of service is right for you.


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