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How to Professionally Move a Piano

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Moving a piano is no easy task. There are many variables that can affect the process and lead to serious injury. The best way to ensure that your piano is moved properly is to hire a professional piano mover.

If you decide to move the piano yourself, there are certain steps you should take in order to protect yourself and your instrument.

What You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Piano moving dolly (optional)
  • Sturdy rope or chain (at least 6 feet long) for lifting the piano (optional)
  • Sturdy strap or canvas straps (at least 6 feet long) for lifting the piano (optional)
  • A strong helper
  • A furniture dolly with casters for moving the piano outside

Tools for securing furniture dolly:

  • Allen wrench
  • screwdriver
  • hammer
  • nail gun (if using furniture dolly with casters)
  • tape

Step 1: Turn off the power to the piano

The first step is to turn off the power to the piano. Most pianos have a plug near the back of the instrument that connects to an outlet. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver to remove this plug.

Make sure you do not plug it back in until you are certain that your piano is stable and secure in its new location. If you cannot locate this plug, consult your owner’s manual or contact a professional piano mover.

Step 2: Remove the pedals

The next step is to remove the pedals. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver for this as well. If you are moving the piano yourself, you will want to remove the right pedal first and then move on to the left pedal.

If you are using a furniture dolly, you will need to take off both pedals before moving the piano. This will allow your dolly to slide underneath the piano more easily.

How to Professionally Move a Piano
Photo by Geert Pieters on Unsplash.

Step 3: Prepare your dolly or use ropes and chains

If you are using a furniture dolly, place it under the piano and secure it with tape so that it cannot slide around. If you are not using a furniture dolly, tie your rope or chain securely around one leg of your piano and have your helper hold on to it while you move forward.

When moving the piano forward, have your helper pull gently on this rope or chain in order to prevent injury from jerking motions as you move forward.

Make sure that your helper is strong enough to handle this task without injuring themselves or others nearby. It is also helpful if they have some experience with pianos before attempting this task!

When moving the piano backwards, do not let go of this rope or chain at any time during this process! Instead, tie another piece of rope or chain securely around another leg of your piano and have them hold onto that rope or chain instead!

This way if something happens suddenly and they cannot hold onto the first piece of rope or chain anymore, they can simply let go of it and still keep control over your instrument!

It is important that they never let go of either piece of rope or chain during this process because letting go may cause serious injury to those nearby and damage to your instrument! Use sturdy straps in order for them not to let go accidentally!

Step 4: Moving Your Piano Upstairs (optional)

Moving your piano upstairs is the most difficult part of the process. You will need to use a furniture dolly to move your piano up the stairs. If you do not have a furniture dolly, you can tie a rope or chain securely around one leg of your piano and have your helper hold on to it while you move forward.

When moving the piano forward, have your helper pull gently on this rope or chain in order to prevent injury from jerking motions as you move forward.

Make sure that your helper is strong enough to handle this task without injuring themselves or others nearby. It is also helpful if they have some experience with pianos before attempting this task!

When moving the piano backward, do not let go of this rope or chain at any time during this process! Instead, tie another piece of rope or chain securely around another leg of your piano and have them hold onto that rope or chain instead!

This way if something happens suddenly and they cannot hold onto the first piece of rope or chain anymore, they can simply let go of it and still keep control over your instrument!

It is important that they never let go of either piece of rope or chain during this process because letting go may cause serious injury to those nearby and damage to your instrument! Use sturdy straps in order for them not to let go accidentally!

How to Professionally Move a Piano
Photo by Kyle Arcilla on Unsplash.

Step 5: Moving Your Piano Downstairs (optional)

Moving downstairs is much easier than moving upstairs. To begin, place a thick piece of padding underneath each leg so that when you roll the piano down each step it will not scratch the flooring.

Then lift up one side of the dolly and place it underneath one end of the piano so that one end rests on top of the dolly.

Then roll down each step slowly until you reach ground level.

Remove all four legs from their casters and roll down each step with both ends resting on top of two different pieces of padding placed beneath each end for protection against scratches on hardwood floors (if applicable).

At ground level, place two pieces of more padding under each end so that there are no marks left behind from rolling on bare concrete.

Ready to Move Your Piano Now?

Piano moving is a dangerous process, but with proper planning and preparation, you can ensure that you move your piano safely.

Our blog, HandyWork, focuses on home improvement and DIY projects. We’re always happy to help you with questions you may have about your next home improvement project.


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