How to Move a Kimball Piano

By Si Kingston ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Work gloves
  • Heavy duty dolly with straps
  • Plastic or moving blankets
  • Tape
  • Two to five additional people

Many Kimball grand and upright pianos have wheels, but you shouldn't use these wheels to move the piano more than just a few feet. Piano wheels can scratch surfaces and are hard to maneuver over carpet. Pianos are also extremely heavy; Kimball uprights are typically between 300 and 800 lbs. and grand pianos can weigh up to 1,500 lbs. When moving a piano, you will need a few additional people.

Kimball Grand Piano

Put work gloves over your hands.

Lower the lid on the Kimball grand piano and lock it into place. Pull down the key lid to cover the piano keys.

Wrap the surface of the Kimball piano with plastic or moving blankets to prevent it from being scuffed. Secure the plastic or moving blankets with thick moving tape.

Roll the heavy duty dolly parallel to the long, straight side of the piano.

Position two to five people on the short, curved side of the grand piano. Bend down using your knees and keep your back straight.

Lift the short side of the Kimball and force the piano on its long side onto the dolly. Have one person hold the dolly in place while the piano is being forced on top of it.

Center the grand piano on the dolly., then secure it to the dolly with straps.

Push the Kimball grand piano on the dolly endways, not sideways.

Move the piano slowly, only a few inches at a time. Be careful not to allow the piano legs to hit the wall or any object.

Kimball Upright Piano

Put on work gloves.

Cover the piano keys with the lid.

Wrap the surface of the Kimball piano with plastic or moving blankets to prevent it from being scuffed. Secure the plastic or moving blankets with thick moving tape.

Position one to two people on each side of the piano. Lower the Kimball upright piano flat on its back with two to three other people. Bend your knees and keep your back straight.

Flip the upright piano on its head on the dolly, so its feet are in the air.

Strap the piano onto the dolly with its straps.

Push the piano slowly, a few inches at a time on the dolly. If you hit a bump or snag, lift the wheels on the dolly one wheel at a time to free it.

Tip

When moving the piano up stairs or an incline, position at least two people behind the piano. Lift up the dolly wheels, one at a time, to get it up stairs.

About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.