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How To Move A Piano

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
16th January 2017 (Last updated on Monday 13th November 2017)

Pianos are very popular instruments to have in the house, as well as beautiful pieces of furniture. That said, it’s difficult to move a piano, due to their extremely bulky yet fragile nature; pianos are incredibly heavy, but are made up of intricate keys, hammers and strings that are easily susceptible to damage.

Moving a piano therefore takes a lot of effort. Although pianos have wheels, they should not be moved as it could damage your floors as well as the piano. To move a piano, we would recommend hiring a professional removal company that specialises in piano moves, but if this is not feasible, we have created a guide to help you. Keep in mind you should never attempt to lift a piano yourself as they are extremely bulky and you could injure yourself and damage it in the process.

This article will cover the following points

Plan Before Moving a Piano Equipment you will need Moving the Piano Moving Downstairs Loading the Truck

Plan Before Moving a Piano

Before moving your piano, make sure the room you are moving the piano into is large enough for it to fit. You also need to look for potential obstacles, such as narrow doorways that you will struggle to get your piano through.

If you are using a professional removal company, you need to discuss these issues with them beforehand so they can plan accordingly. They may need to remove doors or door frames to make extra room.

Equipment you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Moving ramp
  • Non-slip gloves
  • Blankets
  • Moving van
  • Moving cords

Do not attempt to move the piano yourself. They are extremely heavy, so make sure you enlist the help of at least four healthy and strong movers. There will be a lot of lifting and tipping involved, so the more hands the better.

Moving the Piano

  1. Move any furniture and any objects out of the way and lock the piano lid. Cover the top and in non-slip blankets to protect the piano’s finish.
  2. Fold the edges under and keep them in place with using your moving cords.
  3. Put moving blankets underneath one end of the piano, and then place a moving dolly close to the opposite end.
  4. Your movers need to be on both ends of the piano, with three people on the dolly end of the piano, and one person in the middle to guide it. They will lift the piano, while the dolly is placed under and the piano is secured.
  5. Using the wheels of the dolly, you can now slide the piano across the floor and out of the room.

Moving Downstairs

  1. Reposition your movers so at least two or three of them are positioned on stairs to help guide the dolly’s wheels and prevent the piano falling down the stairs.
  2. Bring the dolly to the edge of the top step and push the piano down to lift the front wheels of the dolly closest to the step.
  3. Movers on both sides of the piano need to hold on to it tightly while you roll the back wheels of the dolly to the top step. Then, gently push the back of the piano upwards so the front of the wheels of the dolly rest on the next step below.

Repeat these steps until you have the piano all the way downstairs. Don’t rush anything, and stop if someone needs to quickly rest of readjust.

Loading the Truck

  1. Load the piano onto the truck by rolling the front wheels of the dolly up to the ramp. Your helpers need to stand at the back and then push the dolly on to the ramp.
  2. Then, you need another two people on the other end to steer the piano and ensure the dolly stays in place.