How to move a piano without professional movers

How to move a piano without professional movers

Most of you may find it hard to move your piano. Relax, here is a possible solution for you that makes moving your piano an easy. Remember that, you cannot move your piano easily, because it is one of the heaviest  musical instruments which should be handled with care, so it is better to approach local movers for moving it. This article is about moving an upright piano. Want to learn how to move a grand piano? We recommend to not even try to move a grand on your own! Just imagine climbing up the stairs with it. Paying a moving company might be cheaper than paying for damaged pianos and unnecessary injuries.

What you should do before moving a piano:

Moving a piano without professional help means that you have to give your friends clear instructions in order to avoid unwanted damage to them or the piano. A piano falling on your friend’s foot is not a good experience for anyone.

Essential piano moving equipment:

  • Work Gloves. Will protect your hands and prevent slippery hands.
  • Heavy duty dolly. Will preserve tuning and minimize damaging your house or your piano.
  • Plastic Covers. The most important part of moving a piano is packing. A piano’s delicate, internal moving parts will need to be secured.
  • A piano board. It is a small, indoor body board that can ease big loads downstairs with minimum turbulence. Strong, careful and reliable friends – who have no history of back problems.

When you are moving a piano you better:

  1. Make sure the place you’re moving to can fit a piano. Check the measurements of your piano and cross-reference them with the measurements of the room you plan to have your piano in.

2. Lower the lid and lock it before you start moving.

3. Cover the piano with a protective plastic cover, so not to scratch it. This is especially important in case of transportation.

4. Try to put your piano in an area of a room where there are little or no drafts, where it’s out of direct sunlight, and where the temperature and humidity are stable. This is because pianos are sensitive to humidity and temperature changes. Try to find a room in your home or apartment that has consistently stable temperatures and humidity. That is the best room for your piano.

5. Don’t place your piano over or next to a heating vent and avoid putting it close to a fireplace. Don’t put  it in front of a window, because that’s typically a draughty place as well as one with direct sunlight.

6. Think about the way the piano has to cross while it is moved. It’s also important to make sure that the piano is easily accessible from all sides.

What instructions you should follow:

  1. The piano should always be  moved endways but not sideways.


2. Carrying the piano is only allowed when wearing work gloves to protect the hands from being slippery. A person should be positioned on each side of the piano.

  1. Do not bend your back. Bend your knees instead and keep your back straight in order to avoid severe back strain or injury.

2. Be careful to avoid putting too much weight on the legs. Get a few strong people to help if the piano is too heavy. It’s not necessary to lift the piano off the floor entirely.

3. Do not strain the legs of the piano when you move it on carpeting or over a threshold. Spinets and console pianos, for example, have thin front legs that can break off easily if caught. Tip the piano back very slightly as you roll it to avoid damage.

4. Take your time. Move the piano only a few inches at a time. Make sure that the piano doesn’t tip over.

5. Take enough weight off the casters to make it roll easier, but do not lift it off the floor.

6. Make sure you lift the casters over bumps in the floor, one leg at a time.

7. Describe the way the piano should go through, in details. Plan beforehand and let your friends know what they have to do at each step and don’t spare them from any safety guidelines. Steps, carpets and other obstacles should be mentioned here.

8. Assign your helper to hold the handle behind the piano, the whole time, while the piano is rolling.

Read all this information and don’t take risks. Next question: How to find a good piano mover if you’ve decided to not try and move it yourself? Our suggestion is to call your local piano store and ask them for recommendations. They should be able to give you the name or names of reputable piano movers in your area.