How to move a piano

27th March 2017

Pianos are very heavy instruments and they are made in a way that makes them prone to dents, nicks, and scratches during transportation and relocation.

There are many different types of pianos and even the smallest ones are fairly heavy so if you want to move a piano you should take certain things into consideration:

Spinet piano

Spinet pianos are the smallest pianos that were manufactured between 1930 and 2000. They weigh at least 300 pounds. If you are planning on moving a spinet piano, plan the route carefully. Measure all the doors and openings and use moving ramps too. One man per 100 pounds should be enough. In order to prepare the piano, use specially designed moving blankets and secure the keyboard lid and spinet’s lid. Don’t forget to take breaks every few feet.

Large upright/studio piano

The upright piano is typically around 60 inches wide. A large one can weigh around half a ton while the smaller studio version is between 450 and 600 pounds. Once again, remove all obstacles, measure the openings and use moving ramps. Use about 1.5 men per 100 pounds and use a dolly too.

Grand piano

The procedure is similar, but you should be aware that these pianos weigh more and take up more space.
The safest and most convenient way to move any type of piano is to hire professional movers specialised in piano moving. Their heavy weight, large size, and specific shape make pianos difficult to move. Professional moving companies have the necessary equipment, manpower and experience to get this job done. They will make sure that the piano is perfectly secure before loading it into a moving truck. They also guarantee the safety of your precious piano so you don’t have to worry about damage or any other problems that may arise during this process.