How to Move Pianos & Furniture Properly?

You can tell horror stories about moving in GTA, scaring your interlocutors with the description of difficulties and unpleasant incidents for quite a long time. And frequent “heroes” of these stories are the heaviest objects—cabinet furniture and piano, to lift and move from a place that is not under the power of even the strongest person. 

That is why, when it is necessary to move a cabinet or a table, a piano or a shelving unit, our clients turn for help to specialists offering services of apartment and office moving, with a guarantee of speed and quality of the services offered.

The main difficulty in the process of moving furniture, pianos, and grand pianos is the considerable heaviness and bulky interior items. If there is no elevator in the building, you have to carry the property in your hands, making sure not to catch it on the metal parts of the stairs. In some cases, it is allowed to dismantle the product, which also has its own risk—there is a high probability that one of the parts may be lost or become unusable during moving, which will make it impossible to further use the furniture.

Nuances of Moving a Piano

It is recommended that the piano be transported standing up. For short distances within the city, it can be moved on its side or lying down.  

  • It is necessary to carefully fix the deck to avoid distortion of the sound after moving.
  • The floor of the truck should be covered with cardboard or a soft mat.
  • When moving the instrument by movers, gloves should be worn, and holes should be made in the packing material to prevent the instrument from slipping on the packaging and the risk of dropping it.
  • Avoid sudden movements when unloading or bringing the piano indoors—sudden temperature changes are also harmful to the instrument. Do not pull a piano on wheels across the floor, as this can damage the piano’s legs and scratch the flooring. After moving, leave the instrument in the new room to acclimate to the new microclimate.
  • It is not recommended to move the instrument to sub-zero temperatures, as the piano is sensitive to temperature changes. It is strictly forbidden to move such a sensitive and bulky instrument in a trailer, as it is not prepared for safe and gentle transportation.
  • When raising or lowering the piano, placing it on the steps in an inclined position during stops and breaks is best.
  • Do not attempt to hold or catch a falling piano under any circumstances—move away to avoid injury.
  • Do not try to play the piano immediately after moving. It should be allowed to stand for at least a week in its new environment, then called a piano tuner to correct the sound and check that all elements have been preserved after moving.

Recommendations for Loading and Unloading the Piano

Rigging straps and carts are used to carry the instrument—to move a heavy load on a horizontal surface.

  • The center of gravity of a normal piano is at a height of approximately 120 cm, if you need to move the piano on stairs, straps, special sleds or rails are used depending on the dimensions of the room and stairs.
  • Three movers are usually required to carry the instrument into the car—the narrow space of stairs and doors does not allow for more people to be used for loading.
  • When selecting moving, it is advisable to use a truck with hydroboards or vibration-damping upholstery. 
  • The best option for moving is at the rear of the vehicle in a horizontal position with the tool securely fastened.

Furniture Moving

Furniture packing requires special attention—its lacquered surface is sensitive to any mechanical impact, leaving deep scratches on its surface. 

They not only spoil the appearance of the product but also make the wood defenceless before the negative effects of water and high humidity. If you use the help of specialists offering moving services, you can be confident that your property is safe and there is no need to repair it after delivery to a new place of operation.

How to Prepare for Furniture & Piano Moving

Before you plan how to move a closet by car, you need to prepare the furniture for moving:

  • Objects with small dimensions and weight below 2m are acceptable to move without disassembly.
  • Old furniture that has been transported many times, you need to carefully disassemble. It is better to involve specialists and try not to remove dilapidated doors.
  • Deciding how to pack furniture made of chipboard for transportation is worth disconnecting elements, mirror surfaces, and doors or fixing the furniture with twine and tape and moving without dismantling.

A closet is undesirable to dismantle and move. Built-in furniture does not have walls or floors, so it will not be possible to maintain the original configuration, there is a risk of damaging the elements. 

How do you disassemble the closet to move it? If it is necessary to move it, professionals decide. They conduct sequential dismantling and label the parts for proper assembly in a new place. Pay special attention to the isolation of mirror sashes, on which chips and cracks form with improper movement. Attempted independent dismantling and transportation can lead to destruction.

Please note that moving large and heavy items is tricky and requires some skill. Therefore, we recommend that you consider calling a moving company. This way, you can be sure that your furniture or piano will remain intact, as well as your back.