How to Dismantle a Piano

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How to Dismantle a Piano
Because of a piano's size and weight, you'll need someone to help you take it apart and move it. (piano image by Allyson Ricketts from

Disassembling a piano is the type of project that requires more than one set of hands to complete. Because of a piano's size and weight, it may be necessary to take it apart to move it out of a home or into a different room. With the assistance of a friend and the use of common tools, you can make the instrument more portable by removing a few key pieces.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Screwdrivers (flat and Phillips head)
  • Rubber mallet

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  1. 1

    Separate the piano's lid from the base. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws securing the lid's hinges in place. Unscrew the hinges from the base of the piano so they are still attached to the lid.

  2. 2

    Slide the music stand forward or toward the piano bench. Remove the music stand and fasten it to the base using a piece of string or twine.

  3. 3

    Place the piano on its left side. Take a rubber mallet and strike the pieces of wood that secure the legs to the body of the piano. The legs of the piano will be loosened up and can then be removed.

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