February 2018 - Williams Boat Country

4 Ways to Move a Piano 

It is always recommended to hire a piano mover when you move your piano. But for the sake of those who want to try it anyway, this article is for you. Like what we always mention, it will take a proper planning and effort to move a piano. Pianos are heavy and big instruments that can’t be lifted with one pair of hands. Follow the guideline below to move the piano safely.  


Moving a Spinet Piano 

This piano is small and what you can commonly see in homes. It is usually about 3 feet in height and weighs 300 pounds. Even though it’s small, don’t underestimate this piano. You should carefully plan your route, from the current location to the new one. Measure every door you’re going to fit the piano through. Measure the piano too so you can make sure that it will for through.  

If you’re moving it out of the house, prepare the ramps of the moving in advance. Move the piano before the other furniture so it can be put in a proper place. You will need 3 movers to do this. The recommended ratio is one person per 100 pounds. Lock down the slid. Wrap the piano, and then start moving.  

 Moving a Studio Piano 

The upright piano measures 58 inches wide and weights between 400 and 600 pounds. Do the same thing as the first one. Measure any doors and opening that it will get through. Prepare the truck’s ramp. Lock the piano down; wrap it in tape and blankets. Move the dolly at its end then have the crew lean back into the dolly. Use your manpower from start to end.  

Start moving the piano. The crew should support the piano’s weight according to its center of gravity. Lead it carefully by the dolly. To properly lift it, make sure to squat and maintain a straight back. When you lift, use your legs. Stop anytime if it feels unbalanced.  

Moving a Grand Piano 

Grand pianos are not commonly seen in homes. They can weigh between 500 and 1300 pounds, depending on its type. It measures more than 9 feet across so moving it would be difficult. It’s usually moved on-end, so check any openings that are tall enough for it. The safest method of moving it is loading it onto a rolling skid board.  

You will also need the assistance of many people for this. You have to lift its bass corner then unscrew the leg. Secure the piano with blankets, tape it then lift it from the back end upward. Lift the keyboard end off the ground. Keep it balanced.  

Moving Multistory Piano 

The safest way to move a multistory piano is hire San Diego piano movers. The weight and size of the piano is too overwhelming and might cause damages and injuries for amateurs or DIYers. A 700 pound piano might not be able to be supported by the staircase of 5 grown men.