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How to Move a Grand Piano

Posted: June 19, 2022
A grand piano sits in a room before some movers prepare to transport it.

You have an expensive but wonderful instrument in your home. It plays amazing sounds, and it’s coming with you on your next move. That instrument is your grand piano. 

The problem is moving a grand piano isn’t an easy task. Moving a piano in general isn’t easy. It requires many supplies and people to do the job right. That’s why Moving Help recommends hiring piano movers, so the job can get done right. 

What supplies do I need?

While it’s recommended piano movers begin and finish the process of moving a piano, you can do it yourself for whatever reason. It won’t be easy, but it’s possible. You’ll need some specific supplies to move your piano safely. 

You also want at least four or five people to help you move a piano. Two people can go on each side of the piano and the final person can direct them safely. 

Do I need to plan for anything else before I move my grand piano?

Yes, you’ll want to measure your piano, doorways, hallways, and stairs. You’ll need to map out the best route of how you want to get your grand piano from its room to your rented truck, and then back into the space of your new home. 

You may have to take the hinges off certain doorways to get the piano to fit all the way through the door. You should avoid as many stairs as possible. If you foresee any tight areas and corners, make sure to take note of that now so you’re aware of it during moving day. 

What other safety tips should I keep in mind?

You should make sure pets and children are out the way when moving a piano. An adult — who’s not involved with the piano moving process — should supervise any children or pets. You also can schedule a play date for your child at a friend’s house. 

Pets should be put in crates or in a closed room where you won’t enter when moving a piano. 

If you have tight corners, you should tape blankets around the corners or tape cardboard on the walls. To avoid scratching your floors, you should lay down and tape moving pads or blankets for the walkway when moving a piano. 

How do I disassemble a grand piano? 

You’ll start by lowering and securing the top of the piano’s lid or by removing it entirely. You may consider putting a moving blanket underneath the lid if you’re not removing it, so the wood isn’t touching other wood. 

Then, you’ll want to remove the lyre. The lyre is underneath the piano, and it connects the piano to the pedals. You also want to wrap the pedals separately in bubble wrap. 

Next, you’ll put down your piano dolly and your piano board (or grand board) on top of it. Then, you’ll lift the grand piano vertically onto the piano board (Depending on your grand piano, you could remove one leg during this step.) Once on the piano board, you’ll remove the other legs. 

From here, you’ll wrap the grand piano board in moving blankets, tape, and possibly straps. Make sure any pieces you removed from the piano are wrapped individually. When you carefully move it from your home to the moving truck, make sure you safely secure the piano by strapping it vertically. You never want to lay a grand piano on its back. 

You’ll repeat the same process for unloading it in your new home. 

Why is using Moving Help my best option?

Despite the best plan, tools, supplies, friends, family members, watching other piano movers’ videos on how to disassemble a piano, and how to move a piano, you could still have trouble. 

Unless you have experience moving a piano, it won’t be an easy task. The last problem you want is replacing or fixing your piano because you damaged it yourself while moving it because you tried to save a few extra dollars. 

Luckily for customers, Moving Help has plenty of Service Providers who are expert piano movers. Even better, you can find Service Providers who will move your piano that’ll also fit your budget.