A home is something to be proud of! You try your best to keep it in its best condition and to take good care of it. That being said, a good majority of homes have hardwood floors in their main living area. When moving a piano it is important that you don’t cause any damage to the piano itself but also to your house in the process. They are very heavy and intricate instruments and it takes a lot of effort and prep work to move a piano successfully.
If your piano is on hardwood floors or will be moved across hardwood floors, it is important to maintain the quality and condition of them without scratching or damaging them in the move. Here are some tips on how to move your piano on hardwood floors without scratching them.
Do you know what caster cups are? They are little round or square coverings that are placed under big and heavy furniture items- couches, pianos, tables etc. They help prevent scratches and damage to any floor surfaces in your house and where you are moving your furniture. These are a great option to assist moving your piano over the hardwood floors. They usually have felt bottoms which provide a smooth and steady covering to separate the feet of the piano from the hardwood floors.
Another trick to swiftly move your piano from one spot to another without damaging hardwood floors, is to use a dolly. They easily glide over the floors and are very easy to manipulate and move around. This is a common tool used by movers in order to safely and quickly move your piano.
Moving Pads & Blankets
Don’t have access to caster cups or a dolly? Moving pads or blankets are your next best option. You can cover your floors with blankets so you can avoid any damage to the hardwoods this way. Using a protective layer can ease the strain of trying to prevent scratching the floors. Just be careful that you don’t trip over them while you are moving the piano!
Hire Professional Movers
To ensure upmost quality and care for your hardwoods, is to hire professional movers. This is the best way to make sure you will have no damage to you house or your piano! They are experienced and know the best techniques and methods in order to get your piano moved. Any hassle that you have to go through in order to move the piano yourself will be avoided by hiring movers. You won’t have to get any tools or bribe your friends in order to help you. Movers come prepared with trucks, tools, and the manpower in order to complete your move!
These are just a few tips to help prevent any scratches or damage to your house! At West Coast Piano Moving & Storage, we have a team of piano moving specialists that are professional, reliable, and on top of all safety precautions to prevent injury and property damage. Contact us today to receive a free piano moving quote.
It is really hard to move a grand piano on a hardwood floor. Thanks a lot for writing this article. It helped me a lot in shifting it to a nearby place.
Thanks for this! I was having difficulty finding caster cups as I didn’t know what to call them. I found some nice ones online for affordable price and attached some round furniture pads to them so I could easily slide my upright out of its home to clean behind it without destroying/denting my hardwoods beyond repair. Thanks!
Did you get the furniture pads attached to the castor cups just by lifting up the area by each leg of the piano? Thanks.
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Hi Faye, great question! Feel free to reach out to our certified moving consultant to discuss your moving needs.
one other question: our red oak floors were just sanded, stained and polyurethaned. Our 52″ upright piano is on thick moving blankets and was slid out of the den to the kitchen on these blankets. The floor guy said we need to lift the piano to move it back and that sliding in blankets or dolly will damage floor. I dont see how this can be done unless you have at least 6 guys and even then it is problematic
Hi there! To discuss your specific situation, feel free to reach out to our team!
I have a very heavy piano and need to move it out from the wall 3 feet, to have baseboard put behind it. I do not want to scratch or do it my wood floor, so what would the best way to move this? I have been to use furniture glides/sliders
My piano has 3/4 casters on the 2 front legs and casters on the back, so I am not sure the casters would stay on the sliders. I would appreciate and insight or advise you would be able to contribute.
Hi Janie! For more specific advice, feel free to reach out to our certified moving consultants!