Does the thought of moving a piano up a flight of stairs make you nervous? What about two flights of stairs?
Could you imagine doing it on your own?
For a lot of people the task of moving a piano, in general, is very daunting. Luckily, there are professional movers that have been taught the proper techniques and ensure the right steps to get a piano upstairs.
If you have no experience in moving pianos, or any large items, in general, you might want to consider hiring professionals before you try doing it on your own. Moving a piano from room to room can be complicated enough without adding a flight of stairs into the mix!
So how do professionals end up moving a piano upstairs?
Professional Piano Moving Equipment
Straps, moving dollies, heavy duty gloves, and planks are just a few of the supplies needed to get a piano moved safely up a flight of stairs. Never heard of any of these tools? Let’s go over them.
Piano Moving Straps
Straps are one of the most important things for moving a piano in order to keep all of the moving parts in one place.
The lid needs to be strapped down to prevent any fingers or hands getting trapped underneath during the shuffle of moving the piano.
Dollies and Planks for Moving Pianos Upstairs
As far as dollies and planks, they are imperative for maneuvering the piano up staircases, including landings and turns in the staircase.
Usually, movers will secure planks to go up the staircase and will have placed the piano on a dolly. From there they roll the piano up the plank so they don’t have to lift and carry it up each individual step!
It is strongly recommended to hire professional movers for piano moves including stairs for this very reason. Accidents can happen easily especially with unpracticed DIY movers!
Wearing Gloves to Move a Piano
Gloves are pretty self-explanatory, and professional piano movers wear them for enhanced control.
Proper gloves provide you with a better stronghold grip while handling the piano to prevent your hands from slipping! Using gloves is beneficial for both the mover and the valuable piano, and gloves are an easy addition that will pay off.
Can You Move a Piano Upstairs On Your Own?
So now that you have a little more information about moving a piano up or downstairs, do you feel like you can move it yourself?
There are always things to take into consideration:
- How many stairs are involved?
- Are there any turns/landings within the staircase?
- How steep is the staircase?
Depending on the difficulty level of the layout of where you are moving the piano can really determine if you decide to hire professionals or move the piano on your own.
Paying for licensed movers is more time efficient and safer for everybody involved. When doing a DIY move on your own, it is easy to make a mistake which can lead to an injury for anybody involved or damage to your piano.
If you really feel like you can accomplish the move on your own, make sure that you do all the proper research and have the appropriate supplies to help with the move. Remember to take your time and have enough people there to have a safe and successful move.
West Coast Piano Moving Professionals
We recommend hiring professionals to help with any sort of piano or household move, and our professional movers are licensed to move pianos and other specialty items.
Our skilled movers use proper piano moving equipment to ensure that your piano arrives safely at its destination, even if that is just up the stairs to a different room in your house.
Don’t risk harm to yourself or your piano– reach out to West Coast Piano Moving & Storage today!