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How to pack a piano for transport


Transporting a piano is a meticulous task. They are heavy and difficult to move. In addition, they are often quite valuable. Now you might wonder how are you going to move your piano to its new home. But there is no need for you to worry! Our team that specializes in moving and storage Brooklyn, came up with a simple guide to help you throughout your relocation. Continue reading to find out how you can pack a piano for transport in the safest way possible. After all, we don’t want any unfortunate accidents to occur.

Hire experienced piano movers

Pianos are awkward to move, and if you don’t know what you are doing, you might injure yourself. Therefore, hiring experienced piano movers Brooklyn is the best thing you can do for your piano. And your lower back! Professional movers have specialized equipment for moving pianos. Likewise, they know how to deal with different types of pianos. Whether it’s an antique grand piano or an upright piano, you can rest assured they will know exactly what to do. But if you are still considering doing it by yourself, just remember you will need to ask a couple of your friends for help. It’s not a one-man job!

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Get the right tools to pack a piano for transport

This is not the time to rely on your raw strength. Do your best to avoid unnecessary injuries, and use proper equipment to transport a piano. You can either buy or borrow, but you need to get the right equipment. You can’t put your piano in your friend’s van or strap it on the top of your car. Whether it’s a grand piano or an upright piano, rent a moving truck Brooklyn, and you will safely transport it to your new home.

Here is the equipment that you will need.

  • Moving blankets – If you want to pack a piano for transport, you need to use a lot of blankets for protection.
  • Piano skid board – A skid board is a secure base for your piano.
  • Piano dolly – You will need to use a 4-wheel dolly so that you can easily move the piano.
  • Straps – You need to use straps to keep your piano in place.
  • Packing tape – Use good quality tape to keep moving blankets from slipping.

How to pack a grand piano for relocation?

What are two facts about grand pianos? Well, they are pretty expensive and heavy. An average grand piano can weigh up to 700 pounds, and a concert grand piano goes all the way to 1200 pounds. So, you really need to plan and prepare for the move. And if you don’t want to risk damaging your valuable piano, consider booking professional movers New York. Without a doubt, they will handle your grand piano with utmost care.

Father and daughter playing a grand piano.
Use the right equipment to pack a piano for transport.

If you want to pack it on your own, be extremely cautious. Don’t forget you will need to ask for help from your friends or family members. Start packing your grand piano by disassembling the legs and pedals. While you are removing the legs, make sure someone is holding the piano, so it doesn’t fall on the floor. Close and secure the lid. After you can start wrapping the piano with moving blankets, try to use thick blankets to ensure your piano stays protected during transport. Make sure you tightly wrap everything and secure each element with tape. Don’t cheap out on tape! Use good quality tape that can last. Now you can transport the piano on the skid board, secure it with straps and slide it across the room slowly and carefully.

How to pack an upright piano for moving?

Since an upright piano weighs less than a grand piano, you might think it will be a simple job. But don’t forget an upright piano can weigh up to 800 pounds. Thus you still need to be careful. Start packing an upright piano for transport by protecting the pedals and piano keys. You can use a moving blanket to cover it. Secure it with tape, and your blanket won’t move. After that is done, continue covering the whole piano with blankets. Again, don’t cheap out on your materials! Using good quality packing materials will ensure your piano stays without a scratch. When you are certain that you securely covered each side of the piano, move it on the piano dolly. Moving an upright piano is a job for a team of four.

How to avoid injuries while transporting a piano?

Okay, now we have to get serious. You need to take necessary precautions if you want to avoid any injuries. We are not talking about piano injuries, you already know how to protect your fingers and arms while playing. We are talking about injuries that may occur during the transport. Lifting and transporting heavy items always comes with certain risks. Sure you can call some of your strongest friends, but if they aren’t gym rats, they won’t know how to lift heavy weights properly.

A person with an injured hand
Plan the lift to avoid injuries while transporting the piano.

So let’s see how you can prevent moving injuries from happening.

  • Gather your team to plan the lift. You should have a man for every side of the piano. You must measure the hallways, doorways, and staircases, to see how easily you can transport the piano.
  • Make sure your feet are stable. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and place one foot in front.
  • Hold the piano close to your body, by doing so you can have better control during the transport.
  • Don’t bend your back while lifting to avoid lower back injuries.
  • Don’t twist or bend your body while lifting the piano. Keep your shoulders and hips in place.
  • Don’t twist your neck while lifting and keep your head up.
  • Know what weight you and your team can lift and if necessary call for additional help.

Overall, moving a piano isn’t a simple task. Remember to take precautions to avoid injuries, when you pack a piano for transport. And ask for help, either from your friends or from professional movers.

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