The Best Place to Position Your Piano

5th July 2016

Pianos are big musical instruments which means that they need more space. With the help of this blog, you will hopefully be able to find the perfect position for your piano.

To start with, you must think about the environment and climate. It would be perfect if you can find a spot where the temperature is not changing or at least not drastically during the day and night. Avoid areas that are cold in winter and too hot in summer. The perfect temperature is around 20 C (70 F). You should also take humidity into consideration – between 50 and 60%.

Don’t forget that central heating systems are not good for your piano. The fact is that before these systems were introduced, pianos produced better sound and had longer life expectancy. It has been proven that central heating systems make the air very dry and absorb the moisture in the wooden materials. On the other hand, when the system is working it decreases the humidity and when it’s off the humidity returns, which is also bad for the piano. It’s worse if you keep the piano in a room where central heating systems are used regularly because there is a greater risk of soundboard cracks. In addition, your piano should not be placed in areas where electric heaters and radiators are present. So, a compromise has to be made. Try and place the piano where the temperature is going to be fairly constant and not subject to so many changes.

Remember, pianos are also not very “fond” of sun exposure. In addition to the elimination of moisture, sun exposure can also result in fading. A piano with a faded colour looks less attractive so if you have no choice but to keep the piano close to a window, use a cover to keep it protected.

If there is no clear border between your kitchen and living room than your piano might be at risk if you place it there. All the steam from a kitchen can have negative impact on the wood. If you are wondering which room is the best, then in an ideal world, a room specially designed for your piano or a music room would be perfect. However, if you don’t have a room that you can use specifically, then it would probably be best to keep the piano in the dining room. This is what many people do and it’s the kind of room where you can control the temperature more easily.

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