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How to Move an Upright Piano

Studio or large upright pianos are common in most residential homes and due to different weights and shapes, can be an absolute struggle to move. We recommend contacting a professional removal company for piano moves as their weight and unique size can make things quite difficult.

Below are some quick tips on how to move an upright piano, that will ensure you do not break your back or damage the piano.

Piano Information is Key

  • Just like with any furniture or piano move, you have to have information on the piece in question. That way you can get the right enough help and make sure you can move it with ease.
  • Studio/upright pianos are both normally 58 inches wide with a few differences in weight and height.
  • A studio piano weighs between 180 and 280 kilograms and approximately 1.3 meters high.
  • An upright piano can weigh as much as 500kg and has an approximate height of about 1.5 meters tall

Plan and Equip

  • Planning your route from where the piano is situated to where your truck is parked, when moving a piano is one of the most important steps to complete before the actual move. This allows you to move items out of the way, and lets you know that your piano will fit through the doors after measuring them. This way, your trip to the moving truck will be as smooth as possible.
  • In addition to have a clear path to your moving truck/Low bed vehicle and preferably a ramp ready (makes the loading of these pianos much safer), make sure the movers are equipped properly.
  • Having thick work gloves to lift the piano and, if possible, thick moving straps/weightlifting type support belts. These thick straps will assist with supporting the weight of the piano and prevent back strain and pain.

Prepare the Piano

  • Studio and upright piano are too top heavy to move without the risk of tilting. With this in mind, have a trolley/dolly handy to place the piano on (that can take the applicable weight). This will not only prevent the piano from tilting, but will make moving the piano even easier.
  • After you wrap the piano with protective blankets and tape down the blankets prepare the trolley to load the piano onto it.
  • To do this properly, move the trolley to one end of the piano and gently lean it back onto the trolley.
  • You must make sure you have as much help as possible to ensure no damage occurs.
  • As you are tipping the piano back, make sure your crew is there to support the weight so weight is distributed evenly as well as watching for any tilts with the piano’s top heaviness.

Moving the Piano

  • You must push the trolley/dolly slowly and carefully.
  • If anyone feels any imbalance with the piano and trolley, stop reassess and reset yourselves.
  • There is a slight chance, that you won’t be able to get the trolley and piano through the door. This requires you to gently lift the piano off the trolley, then get the trolley through the door, then lift the piano through the door and back on the trolley.
  • Then depending on the vehicle being used to transport (preferable again a low bed trailer/one with a ramp), you can then easily load the piano from the trolley onto the moving truck.

If you would like more information or a quote on our piano moving services then feel free to make contact via info@lionmovers.co.za or call us on 010 220 5027!

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