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Piano storage: Tips & considerations

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So you own a piano — not just any piano, but a cherished heirloom, your child’s musical future or your own tool for musical expression. Yet, you're prepping for a move, and amidst the flurry of plans, you're struck with the realization that this majestic musical centrepiece needs a haven. 

This isn't about simply tucking it away; it's about safeguarding your instrument. Piano storage moves beyond four walls; it's a symphony of precision and protection.

Moving and storing your piano isn't just another household task; it does require expertise and detail, akin to playing its keys. Let's break down everything you need to know to ensure your piano transitions from one chapter to the next flawlessly, just like a well-tuned chord.

Preparing for piano storage

Before your piano takes its first step into the world of storage, a solid preparation plan is important.

Step 1: Assess the piano's condition

Start with an appraisal of the piano’s condition and how it playing. Are the keys responsive, and the body devoid of cracks or blemishes? If you detect any issues, consider rectifying them before storage. If you’re unsure, you could always call your piano tuner to ask for advice.

Step 2: Selecting a suitable storage space

Pianos need a bit of babying. They demand a lot of room and are particular about their settings. Choose a storage unit that's not only spacious but also provides a consistent temperature and humidity level. You definitely want to be sure you are out of a flood plain as well. 

Step 3: Climate control considerations

When storing your piano, it is most preferable to choose a climate-controlled storage setting. You don’t want the blazing sun heating up your uninsulated storage container. You also want to reduce the impact of humidity as much as possible. 

Plan for your piano to go out of tune during the move and potentially while sitting in storage but try to minimise the swings as much as you can. If you are able to opt for a climate-controlled piano storage solution, that is the best plan. 

Step 4: Decide on long-term vs. short-term storage

Consider the duration of storage you need. Whether you're looking for short-term storage during a move or renovation, or long-term storage for other reasons, the right solution should accommodate your needs. Discuss your requirements with the storage provider to ensure they can offer the flexibility you need.

Moving the piano

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The act of moving the piano into storage is where the majority of mishaps occur. This isn't the time for shortcuts and a good time to call in professional piano movers.

Professional movers or DIY?

While moving the piano on your own might seem like a cost-effective idea, the pros know best. With years of experience, they handle pianos like they handle precious, but heavy, antiques, ensuring they arrive at their destination in good nick.

Proper packaging and padding

Professional piano movers will help you with the padding needed to move your piano. However, it would be good to cover your keys with felt or soft fabric and also take care around the part of your piano that holds the music up. 

Safety precautions during transportation

Once your piano is secured, safety precautions during transportation are paramount. Sudden jolts can reverberate more than keys; they can shake the very soul of the piano's structure.

Piano storage tips at facility

Once you get to your storage facility, you also want to take care with how your piano is stored there. 

Positioning the piano in the storage unit

Pianos, especially grand pianos, need some strategy in terms of how they are positioned. Try to keep the piano away from areas where there could be condensation. This includes walls and even directly on the floor. This will depend on your storage facility. 

If you are storing your piano with other possessions, take care with what you place around it and potentially on top of it. You want to prevent piling heavy things on top and also be careful with anything that could fall on it. Ideally, you want your piano to be stored in its own little bubble or at least given some space from other things. 

Temperature and humidity control

The ideal setting for piano storage mirrors the ideal setting for a concert. A stable temperature between 15C and 21C, with humidity levels maintained at 42% to 55%, harmonizes the wood and strings' longevity.

This is an ideal and may not be realistic for you and your circumstances. Second best is just keeping the temperature and climate as stable as possible. 

Regular maintenance and inspections

If your piano will be sitting for a while, it is worth popping in and checking on the storage unit and the piano. You want to check it in cold and hot months as well as times of extreme weather. Keep an eye out for evidence of critters while you are there. 

Insurance and security

Pianos hold value—both in sentiment and in currency. Protecting them does too.

Ensuring proper insurance coverage

Check with your provider to ensure that your piano is adequately insured during its storage time. Insurance is a good idea for some pianos but not all. Ask your piano tuner what they think if you are unsure. 

What security to look for in a piano storage facility

What you ultimately need for your piano storage needs depends on you but here are some things to consider:

  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Access checks
  • Who can access the storage facility and when
  • How easy or difficult it is for you to access storage
  • If there is someone on-site during business hours
  • Secure locks


Choosing the right piano storage solution is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. With the right considerations, including the importance of climate control, security, accessibility, and the expertise of professional piano movers, you can ensure that your piano is well-protected. Remember, the safety of your piano depends not only on the storage facility but also on the expertise of those handling it.

If you're considering moving your piano to or from storage, entrusting this task to professional piano movers is crucial. Their expertise ensures that your piano is moved safely, securely, and without damage, offering peace of mind throughout the process. Contact us today to learn more about our piano moving and storage solutions, and let us help you protect your valuable instrument.

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