How to Move a Piano Across Hardwood Floors

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How to Move a Piano Across Hardwood Floors
The weight and awkwardness of pianos make them difficult to move across hardwood floors. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Getting a piano across a hardwood floor is a difficult task only because of the weight and awkwardness of the piano. Pianos often have casters on their legs, but if you try to roll the piano across your floor on the casters alone, you'll probably scratch up the wood and you may even break the legs on the piano. A better idea is to get some buddies who don't mind a little heavy lifting and a piano dolly and move the piano the smart way so you can save your floors and your piano.

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Things you need

  • Piano dolly
  • Assistants

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  1. 1

    Determine the centre of the piano's weight distribution. Depending on the type of piano--upright or grand--the weight is distributed differently. With an upright piano, the weight is centred between the two front legs, but with a grand piano, the weight is oddly distributed between the front and the elongated rear.

  2. 2

    Lift the piano to move it away from any walls. Set it back down. This will allow you and your assistants better access to it.

  3. 3

    Place a piano dolly near the piano so you don't have to travel far to place the piano on the dolly.

  4. 4

    Place the piano on the piano dolly with an even weight distribution. For an upright piano, lift one side of the piano--whether you lift the left or the right side doesn't matter--and slide the dolly under it so that an edge of the dolly extends out beneath the keys. Sit the piano down once the dolly is centred between the two front legs.

    For a grand piano, you'll tip its flat side onto the dolly with the front and rear ends of the piano evenly distributed.

  5. 5

    Double check the weight distribution before moving it. Just ensure that the piano doesn't teeter one way or another or it may fall.

  6. 6

    Roll the piano across the floor to its new location. One person is all that's necessary to push the piano on the dolly, but you should have your assistants brace it as you push. Once you've got the piano to where you want to put it, carefully unload and position it.

Tips and warnings

  • Safety first. Pianos are extremely heavy, so take care to protect yourself from harm. Use the fundamental techniques of counting to three before team lifting. Maintain a straight back and lift with your legs to avoid injury.

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