How to move an upright piano to the second floor (a step-by-step guide)

Moving a Piano is a challenging task; it is very heavy and very large. Many people think all it takes is muscles to move the piano, but this is outright incorrect. When it comes to moving the piano, it is not about muscles, it is about using the right techniques and protecting the instrument.

Here we are talking about the upright piano with 88-keys since it is rather tough to move them, but do you know pianos have more than 10,000 moving parts?

This is the reason why it is important to move it to the second floor carefully.

A piano is a heavy instrument but it is delicate too. One single mistake can cost you thousands of dollars or compel you to contact the technician for the restoration.

Here are some basic safety guidelines that make sure the moving process goes smoothly.

1 – Get A Team

Never try to move this giant instrument on your own; it doesn’t matter how strong you are. Get a team first. Call up your friends, neighbors, or family members and ask them to help you move the piano. Have a group of at least four people, and also get those people who are willing to spend 2-3 hours with you, because it takes time. You can’t expect to move your upright piano within a few minutes.

Also ensure that the people you are calling don’t have any back, leg, or hip pain issue. As we have mentioned earlier, it is a heavy instrument and should be moved by people with above- average shape.

One incorrect move could be fatal for both the instrument and the friends who are carrying it.

2 – Wear Suitable Clothing

It is important to wear an outfit that is suitable and comfortable.

Avoid shirt and especially pants that are too tight and can tear as you squat to lift the piano. Your friends should also wear appropriate and flexible clothing. There would be a lot of movement, lifting, and placement, therefore tight clothing would become an utter issue for them.

However, it doesn’t mean you should count on baggy clothing. Excessive baggy clothing can also be dangerous and get caught during the move.

Do think about your shoes too. It is better to wear athletic shoes or boots that grip the floor and outdoor surfaces well. Any shoe that slips should be avoided at all costs. You can also get a pair of gloves to have a good grip on the piano, but it is optional.

3 – The Difficulty Level

What is the difficulty level?

Assessing the difficulty level of moving the piano to the second floor can assist you in getting the right tools. For example, consider how many stairs are involved and are there any turns. Do they have enough space for the length or width of your piano?

Also, notice how steep is the staircase; if it is too steep, it can create a real issue and require some professional assistance.

Depending on the difficulty level, you can also determine whether you can move the piano on your own or it is essential to hire a professional service.

If it is possible to accomplish the move on your own, it is time to get the right moving equipment.

4 – Piano Moving Equipment

There are a few things you will need at the very least – dollies, straps, and padding. If you have never heard of these types of equipment, let’s go over them.

  • Dollies: Dollies are important for maneuvering the piano up staircases. When you use a dolly, you don’t have to lift and carry the piano up each stair. Furthermore, dollies assist in landing and turning in the staircase too. Therefore, they are strongly recommended.
  • Straps: They are also known as ‘Furniture Straps’. These straps are used to have a better grip on the furniture and make the moving process a lot easier.
  • Padding: For padding, get moving blankets. They will be used to cover up the piano and protect it from the damage during the moving. By using them, it would be possible to avoid the scratches on the body and keep your piano in a top-notch, great condition.

5 – Begin The Moving Operation

Once you know the path of moving, clear the route.

You should move aside any object that can get in the way of the piano. If there is a door in the middle, ensure that there is someone who can hold it for you.

Now lift the piano and put it on the 4-wheel moving dolly.

But don’t forget that pianos are heavy; you need to properly and safely move the piano. It is pertinent for you to measure the piano first and get the dolly that is at least half-length for it. After placing the piano on it, begin the movement from the squatting position.

When you reach the stairs with the moving dolly, carefully push it on to the loading/stair ramp. Position at least two movers at the back of the piano and one mover at the front to direct its position. Since people on the back will catch more of its weight.

Take small steps as you push the piano upwards. You need to proceed slowly on the ramp. The quick movement will shake its components.

After you have reached the second floor, carefully unload it from the moving dolly and place it on your desired location.


You have successfully moved a piano to the second floor.


In case you aren’t sure about the DIY piano move, you can hire a professional team as well.

They are experts in moving a musical instrument safely; they have all the right tools, techniques, and experience for the move in the best possible way.

Usually, the charge is between $40-$100 per staircase. In our opinion, this is still very suitable as you don’t have to look for the equipment and call your friends.

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