How to Move a Grand Piano

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Grand pianos are fragile; they're more expensive and they certainly weigh more than upright pianos. It's best to have a professional piano mover transport your piano so the works and finish aren't damaged. If you need to move it yourself, carefully follow some basic procedures.

Things You'll Need

  • Piano board
  • Moving blankets or quilts
  • Moving dolly
  • Prepare the grand piano for moving: Remove the lyre, lid and lid hinges. Wrap them in moving blankets.

  • Place the piano on its long side and remove the legs. Depending on the brand of your piano, the legs will either screw off or be released at the turn of a wooden or metal tab.

  • Place the piano on a piano skid, or piano board. This is a special piece of equipment that will make it easier to move the piano. The easiest way to do this is to lay a grand piano flat on the floor and put the skid vertically on the long side, at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Lift the opposite side of the piano and let it settle onto the skid as the skid rotates horizontally to rest on the floor.

  • Wrap the piano with moving blankets. Leave some air vents so there's no condensation inside the piano.

  • Strap the piano to the skid.

  • Carefully place the grand piano and piano board on a sturdy, four-wheeled moving dolly.

  • Move the piano up stairs or ramps by taking it off the dolly and using the piano board to slide it up or down the stairs.

  • Move the piano across a room by having four people lift it slightly to relieve the pressure on the legs. Move the piano slowly. Use this method even when using plastic Moving Man-type disks.

  • Have the piano tuned and inspected for damage once it has been moved.

Tips & Warnings

  • Piano boards can be purchased for about $100.
  • Always relieve the pressure on the legs of the piano when moving it.

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