How To Store a Piano

Published on 1/8/2021

Pianos are extremely popular, both for playing and displaying. With that being said, people typically don’t think about the work that goes into moving a piano from one location to another. Some weigh over 100 pounds! If you need to move your piano, you’ll have to consider all the logistics of doing so. Since you don’t want to damage your beautiful (and probably expensive) instrument, it’s important to follow some basic rules when moving and storing it. 

1. Make sure your storage unit is the right size.
Pianos are large and heavy, so it’s important to choose the correct size unit. Make sure to store the piano upright so it stays in good condition.

2. Consider storage security.

Choose a storage facility and unit that is well-lit and built to deter theft, with cameras and/or other security systems. When storing expensive items, such as a piano, safety and security should be a top priority.

3. Call a professional when moving your piano.
Hire a professional if you need to move your piano. Without an experienced mover, you might hurt yourself or damage your piano. If you do attempt to move the piano on your own, never lift it by the legs, as they’re typically very fragile. Your best bet is to contact a piano moving company. 

4. Clean the piano.
Before you place it in storage, clean your piano thoroughly so it remains in good condition long-term. Use piano polish on the wood surface and a soft, damp cloth to gently clean the keys. 

5. When you remove the piano from storage, tune it.
When you finally take your piano out of storage, it will need to be tuned professionally. This is because your piano is sensitive to bumps during the moving process, as well as climate changes, and has almost definitely fallen out of tune. Once you have it in its final destination, give it a few weeks to adjust before having it tuned. You’ll be playing again in no time!