How to Move a Piano Yourself?

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If you have ever needed to move a piano yourself, then you are in luck. This article will provide guidelines for how to do so without risking any injury! We will cover topics like clear path, don’t begin without measurements, take legs off while lifting the Piano, and prepare your team of helpers. These tips should give you everything that you need to know about moving a piano on your own.

Clear Path

When moving with an instrument, you can easily avoid the sudden appearance of unexpected furniture by preparing your space ahead of time. You’ll also want to protect your floors and walls from the Piano’s move. It would be best if you cleared a path before beginning. Measure the room to find out how far you will need to travel with your instrument.

Please take all of the legs off at once so that you can lift it straight up and prepare for a team of helpers to help shift its weight after being in place in its new home.

Do not begin without Measurements.

When moving yourself the Piano, you need to first determine the path and width (distance from wall) to get an accurate price. To move your Piano, be sure to include all doorways, hallways, and stairs from your current home as well as the home you are moving into. The same furniture moving tips that you use when moving big pieces of furniture for your new home should also apply here. If you plan to move the Piano yourself, they will ensure that the instrument can be easily transported on relocation day.

safely relocate a piano,

There are two types of pianos: baby grand and upright. Pianos come in a variety of sizes and weights, and each has their own relocation requirements. The Piano’s weight should be at the back of your mind when moving. In order to safely relocate a piano, you may need to get a dolly or use furniture pads for extra protection on hardwood floors and carpets.

Take Legs off while lifting Piano

The piano legs are designed to position the instrument upright and carry its weight. If you plan on moving a piano that does not have wheels, then it is safe to say that you will probably need to take apart the instrument beforehand. Even if it does have them, those wheels are only meant for rolling. Other than the legs, the most likely part of the Piano that will break is one of its keys. If you try to lift it by these elements, there is a risk that the weight balance can shift quickly. This can cause afoot to snap. And it may be extremely dangerous for people beneath the instrument.

So instead of moving the entire instrument, you should detach its legs and take them off. The Piano will be much easier to move without any weight on those fragile feet! You can also use furniture pads at each end of the journey to protect it from bumps along the way. If there are stairs included in your current or new home’s layout, then they most likely have a ramp for this type of thing specifically. For other types of staircases, though, make sure that as soon as you get to them while carrying your Piano – that you turn around and carry it down backward!

Prepare Piano

Roll the instrument on its rubber or wooden casters to avoid damaging the floor. These are primarily decorative or used for short moves. Some piano moving straps, while helpful, can also scratch hardwood floors and other surfaces. Pushing a piano on its casters could cause the front end to collapse. Depends on the weight, there are some occasions when this is not possible. That will make it much more easier to balance the Piano on the axle dollies.

The easiest way to move a grand piano is by completely removing the legs. Wrap a protective layer around the instrument so as not to introduce unwanted scuffs. Place a heavy blanket underneath the Piano. And also, tape that blanket.

Prepare Piano

Do not leave the lid open. If your Piano doesn’t have a lock on the cover, then you may wish to wrap it securely in cloth or place something heavy on top to ensure that the lid remains closed. Piano keys are very fragile.

If you need to make a long-distance move of your own, these steps will help.

 Moving a piano across the state can be quite the task, as there are many considerations to keep in mind.

Professional movers are in a better position to manage long-distance moves safely. Take a picture of the Piano wrapped and loaded into the truck. This will help make sure it arrives at the final destination in great condition.


It’s time to break out the hammers and a few well-placed hacks. If you’re feeling up for it, take on this task alone or with some friends nearby. You might be surprised at how easy it is! We can assist if needed, but we hope that this guide has helped you get started in moving your Piano without any major injuries or damages. Good luck and happy hammering!

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