Upright Piano Moving Tip

 Upright Piano Moving Tips

I am writing this post today from a place of TOTAL EXCITEMENT!!!! EEEEEK!!! My uber talented friend Marcy who painted my Chevron Patterned Wall in my craft room is now going to paint my piano!!! Should I use a few more exclamation marks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is how stoked I am about it!!! Now just to get it moved from my house to hers!

I have wanted to paint my piano ever since I got it 8 years ago but I am by no means an excellent furniture re-doer person and since it is my PIANO we are talking about here and not just a dresser I bought on craigslist I never had the guts to do it.

Enter Marcy, unlike me is so talented at furniture re-do’s, check out her site, she is amazing. So after paint was decided and dates were chosen I just had to figure out how to get it to her.

When my parents moved here last year from Washington state we were unpacking their stuff and they had this handy dandy carry unit built around their upright piano to lift and move it more easily! Genius, I love my Dad he is super handy, so is my husband, I am one lucky girl.

I put my husband and dad to work (they are so generous with their talents) and in no time they built me a a carrying contraption so that the muscle men could carry more piano into the bed of the truck and unload it at Marcy’s.

I am going to share with you this fantastic upright piano moving tip in case you ever have to move your piano and don’t want to try and teeter it on a dolly or pay a moving company to transport it for you.

All you need are a few 2×4’s (I even had some in my garage, what DIY’er doesn’t?), a saw, a drill, and some long screws. If you don’t have a saw, no worries, just measure your piano to figure out how long you need your boards and Home Depot or Lowes will cut the wood for you. I used a little over 2 boards, what you use will depend on the size of your piano.

Upright Piano Moving Tips

Measure the short side ends of your piano, cut 2×4’s to that size exactly. Measure the front of your piano under the keyboard. Take the length of the front, add 2 feet (for the carrying handles) and cut 2 boards to this length. One for the front and one for the back.

Take one long board and screw it directly into the back of your piano into the support beams. It will make a hole, but no one sees the back of your piano anyway, don’t worry these holes are only in the support beams, not the sound board so it will not affect the performance or the sound of your piano. It is important to make sure that the top of this back board is in line with the underside of the keyboard so that when you attach the board to the front they will be even and one will not be higher than the other.

Upright Piano Moving Tips

Then take your short board, lay flush against the side of the piano and screw through the back board into the side board. Repeat on other side. My arrows above show where mine is screwed directly into the back.Now lay the last long board against the front of the piano directly underneath the keyboard, screw through the front board into the side board on both sides. 

Upright Piano Moving Tips

Make sure as you are building your carrying contraption (not sure what else to call it) that you keep all the boards snug and tight against the piano.

Upright Piano Moving tips

Now just get some manly muscle and have them each grab an end and LIFT!

Here my piano is all tucked into Marcy’s garage, ready for her facelift!

Upright Piano Moving Tips

I can’t wait to share with you the results of the makeover, it’s gonna be fantastic, Yippee!!! Here is the before shot just to get you excited too!


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