How Do You Move Pianos?

Piano Mover FAQ

There are several different piano moving techniques that you can employ when transporting a piano. These techniques have evolved with new piano moving equipment and will differ greatly depending on the factors at hand. If you’re moving a piano that is already in place, then re-tracing the point of entry will be the easiest way to do this. Obviously the piano got there somehow so moving it back out the way it came in, is usually best practice. However there are situations where this isn’t possible (as in the case of moving a piano just bought) and that’s when having a moving company that has hours of piano moving experience comes in handy. Trust Sir when he say’s, moving a piano is no piece of cake!

Protecting A Piano For A Move

If it’s possible to remove the piano’s legs then this should be done first, period. Because there are several styles of pianos this will be different depending on the model. If it’s a box style piano, as the one above, then obviously it doesn’t have legs so this is unnecessary. However most pianos like these do have casters, in which case you should either remove the casters all together or at least not roll the piano on them. Piano casters serve a decorative function and are not meant to move pianos across long distances.

Moving Piano With Casters

Proper Piano Moving Equipment

Although there are many ways to move a piano, specialized piano moving equipment can help guard against the dreaded accident. The two photos below show the standard moving equipment that we use. The first is a piano board and the second is a specialized piano moving dolly. These two pieces of equipment are extremely important to have and although a lot of moving companies use normal floor dollies to move pianos, using anything less than specialized equipment is asking for trouble.

Piano Moving Board

Piano Moving Dolly

Piano Moving Dolly

Padding and Protecting Your Piano

Although single padding a piano when moving it should do the trick, Sir goes the extra mile and double pads every piano we move. Double padding will ensure maximum protection during transit and will help add a second layer of protection against dings and scratches. Also your piano should be placed in a moving truck that does not have any loose items inside, that way you won’t run the risk of something shifting and bumping into it.

Tipping A Piano On Its Side

Protect Piano Legs

When moving a piano you should never tilt it on its side by applying any pressure to any part of the piano, especially tilting it on its legs. You should make sure that you have enough man power to pick the piano up and gently place it on the dolly. A lot of pianos we move are older and with time can become brittle. Tipping a piano on its side by applying pressure to the legs can cause the legs to break. Again, if you’re able to take the legs off then do so, then make sure you have enough man power to pick the piano up and place it on the dolly. Now that you’re acclimated on how Sir moves pianos, check out Sir Austin’s 5 favorite pianos and if you’re really a piano junkie then check out the Austin Piano Festival!