Helpful Tips for Planning a DIY Piano Move

Helpful Tips for Planning a DIY Piano Move

Moving a piano on your own is no small feat. In fact, it can be downright stressful and even a little scary. Aside from a piano’s awkward shape and heavy weight, there is a lot you ought to consider before tackling a piano move without the assistance of professional piano movers.


Planning your move ahead of time can help make the entire process a little easier and a lot safer. In an effort to make this type of move safer and more secure, your friends at Gorilla Movers of Wisconsin share a few handy tips to help you plan your piano move. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us to learn more about our piano moving services.

Secure a Vehicle To Safely Transport Your Piano

Prior to your move, you will want to first secure a reliable vehicle to safely transport your piano from point A to point B. We recommend renting a moving truck to give you plenty of space for the type and size of your piano, as well as the moving equipment you will need to complete the move. If you don’t want to rent a truck, ask a friend who has a large van or a pickup truck with a large bed that will fit your piano and allows for it to be secured into place to prevent movement during transport.

Measure Your Pathway

Depending on the type of piano you have, moving it through your home, out your door, and into a moving truck or vehicle can be difficult if you haven’t taken the time to measure each space where your piano will pass through. Prior to the move, measure your piano, doorways, hallways, and staircases. You will also want to measure the space in the vehicle you will be using to transport your piano. Doing so will help you maneuver your pathway a little easier to protect your piano and your home during the process.


Gather Moving Supplies and Materials

Once you have taken all the appropriate measurements, you can start gathering the supplies and materials needed to secure your piano on moving day. Here’s what you will need:

  • Plenty of moving blankets or thick towels

  • Rolls of packing tape to secure the blankets or towels

  • Piano dolly to move your instrument

  • Piano skid board sized to your instrument

  • Straps to secure your piano in place

  • A ramp if you do not rent a moving truck

Find Moving Helpers

Moving a piano takes more than one person, so you will need to enlist the help of able-bodied friends, family, or neighbors to successfully complete the move. We recommend finding a team of at least four people who you trust to move your cherished instrument, who are strong and able to lift the piano. When you have four people to help with the move, every person can hold a corner of the piano to help maneuver the pathway to your vehicle, and reduce the risk for injury or damage. When moving day arrives, have your team come prepared with:

  • A good pair of gloves

  • Appropriate moving clothing

  • Sneakers or closed-toe shoes with good traction

  • Back brace to help prevent a heavy lifting injury

As you can see, there is a lot to consider before attempting a DIY piano move. That being said, if you’d rather not tackle this challenging move yourself, contact your Top Rated Local®Madison moving company to request a free moving quote. Our team has the experience and equipment to safely and securely move your piano with skill and precision so you don’t have to. Get in touch with us today to get started!