One of the common piano storage questions we hear from our customers is:

Can you store your piano on its side?

The short answer is yes. Yes, you can, but there’s much more than that.

It is equally, if not more, important to know how to store a piano properly for optimal longevity and care.

Piano Moving Board

Whether you are hiring a professional moving company or creating a piano moving board from scratch, you will need to place the piano on its side in order to move it from room to room.

We recommend tightly wrapping and securing the piano with moving blankets, rubber bands, and heavy-duty straps to protect the finish and keep the lid from opening.

Climate Controlled Storage Facility

When storing your piano on its side, we recommend using a climate-controlled storage facility.

This controlled space is ideal for pianos because any fluctuations in the room temperature can put your piano at risk of splitting, cracking or permanent damage.

Additional benefits include:

  • Pest control
  • No risk of corrosion
  • Prevention of yellowing and degradation
  • Protection from water exposure
  • More privacy and security

Not convinced? Learn why you need climate-controlled storage for your piano.

Regular Tuning

Tuning is a must after storing your piano for a prolonged period.

The slightest change in the climate, altitude, and atmosphere will affect how the piano will sound and perform, so tune your piano every 3-6 months.

If you are doing a DIY storage option, make sure to be extra cautious in how you are handling your piano and the way it is positioned.

Grand piano that could be stored on its side


Store Your Piano with West Coast Piano Moving & Storage

The best rule of thumb to follow is to work with piano moving professionals and have them help guide you in the best option for your instrument.

Luckily, we are experts in this department and offer a full-fledged, climate controlled piano storage facility!

Providing services in Portland, Seattle, and everywhere in-between, contact West Coast Piano Moving & Storage today.