Room Considerations

Room Considerations

Room Considerations for Piano Placement

Your piano’s placement can impact its sound and maintenance requirements

Thinking about buying a grand piano but wondering where to put it? Maybe you already have a spot in mind or are debating a few options. The placement of your piano in your home shouldn’t be an afterthought — where it’s placed can impact how it sounds and what maintenance is required. There are several essential aspects to consider.

Since pianos are made mostly of wood, they expand and contract with humidity, which changes with the seasons (less humid in the winter and more humid in the summer). This contraction is one of the reasons pianos need to be tuned and why they’re so sensitive to temperature and airflow.

Windows

Avoid placing a piano in front of a window

Direct sunlight, temperature changes, and wind exposure can damage your piano’s finish, dry out the soundboard, and cause it to go out of tune more quickly. Modern double-pane windows alleviate some of the direct sunlight concerns, but it’s best if you can avoid placing your piano in front of windows.

Wall placement

Is less of an issue than it used to be

It’s long been recommended to avoid placing a piano against external walls since the temperature fluctuations will make it go out of tune. This is less of an issue in today’s modern, well-insulated homes. However, if you live in an area that experiences extremely high or low temperatures, you may want to avoid exterior walls just to be safe.

Vents

Affect the tuning

Ensure your piano isn’t close to a heating or air conditioning vent. A piano will go out of tune much more quickly if it’s the direct path of this airflow.

Flooring

Casters are a good idea

No matter if your piano is going to be on a wooden floor or carpet, caster cups are a valuable way to protect your piano and your home. Caster cups prevent a piano from rolling, ensuring that your valuable piano doesn’t move, which could damage the instrument or the walls of your home. Additionally, since pianos are so heavy, with time, they can create permanent indentations or even holes in your carpet or flooring. Casters protect your floor from a piano’s weight and available in a variety of materials, colors, and sizes.

Envision a Grand Piano in Your Home

Dreaming of a grand piano but unsure how you’d position it in your space? We can help.

Our team of piano professionals can help assess your space and determine the best placement for a statement-making grand piano in your home.

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