Have you ever noticed how in the movies, the piano is placed so beautifully in the living room; it seems as if it was made for that space? No matter what time of the day it is, everyone can hear the sweet melody from the piano—wondering how it happens? Well, the placement of a piano significantly affects its sound quality and overall longevity.
Did you think that you already have all the answers on how to decorate your living room? In this article, we will discuss how to place your upright keyboard in your living room strategically. With a well-planned placement, you will be able to get the best performance out of your instrument while it blends beautifully with the living room furniture. It’s as easy as finding the right place for your TV! So, if you are a piano owner and want to give yours a deserving home, then keep on reading!
What’s an upright piano?
It is a vertical acoustic piano that is mostly recommended for professional piano lessons. It is a much more affordable option than a grand piano that was first manufactured in London, England. Their vertical body makes them the best choice for smaller houses and school buildings. The strings of this piano are suspended vertically to give it, hence the compact, upright structure.
In the era of digital pianos and keyboards, an upright piano is still the most preferred by piano instructors. These pianos are usually confused with studio ones that are also one of the vertical varieties. However, they are two separate kinds. Here is how to tell them apart:
Difference between upright and studio piano
Both of these pianos have a similar structure which can be a bit confusing. The main difference between the two pianos is their size. An upright keyboard has a height of 130cm to 150cm, while a studio keyboard is 115cm to 125cm in height. An upright is the tallest variant of or the vertical pianos that is common for domestic use.
Importance of placement
While having a separate piano room would be the ideal place to keep yours, it is not always an option. You can always place it in an open space like your living room or dining room but with a few tips in mind. The strategic placement of a piano will ensure premium sound quality and an increased life span of your instrument.
An upright piano is quite heavy, which is why it is not recommended to move it alone. Instead, take help from a few friends or your neighbours to shift your piano from one place to another. Dragging your piano on your hardwood floor will only damage it and flooring, so it’s better to ask for help. Now that you have got company, here is how and where to place yours:
1. Place it on an inner wall
Make sure to place your piano on an inner wall inside your house. It is a kind of wall that separates two rooms within the house without directly connecting with the exterior of your home. This wall will not have any temperature fluctuations, which makes it suitable for your instrument. These kinds of walls usually have a constant temperature that is ideal for the wooden body of your piano.
While placing your piano there, ensure that it is not touching the wall. The soundboard is at the back of the piano so place it a few cm away from the surface. It will allow the sound to travel smoothly in the room, giving you a high-quality experience.
2. Keep it in a well-furnished room
Placing your piano in an empty, minimalist themed room will adversely affect the sound properties. If your room has no furniture, then the sound is bound to echo. Lay a carpet underneath your piano to increase sound absorption. A chair, bookshelf, or coffee table will help the sound disperse randomly, which creates a warmer tone.
If you have a large room, you will need more living room furniture and wall decor to improve the sound. Most of the time, grand pianos and baby grand pianos are placed in the middle of the room without much furniture. Their soundboard is placed on the top, which allows the melody to disperse evenly. However, with an upright one, it will only result in disrupted sound characteristics.
3. Personalise the space
Now that your piano is set in place, it’s time to personalize that area. Add a few picture frames on the wall, customize your chair, and place a bookshelf nearby with all your music notes. You can also hire decorators to do this job for you professionally. You can also create a beautiful backsplash on the wall with which you have placed your piano to make your beautiful instrument the focal point in the room.
What you shouldn’t do
Understanding how and where to place your piano is important, but knowing what to avoid is even more important. So here is what you should strictly not do:
1. Don’t place it near the fireplace and any air vents
Major fluctuations in the temperature can cause the polish on the piano to crack. It can also permanently damage the wood. Place yours away from any air vents or fireplace in the house. Your piano should be at a constant temperature of 20-21 °C. Keeping your piano outdoors is also not a good idea, as direct contact with changing temperatures will permanently deface it.
2. Don’t expose it to high humidity levels
Just like fluctuating temperatures, the body of the piano can’t withstand high humidity levels too. The humidity should not exceed 45 to 70% in the area you have placed your piano. This problem usually occurs in small spaces or tropical regions. To protect your piano from a humid environment, invest in a dehumidifier. Also, make sure to keep all the windows and vents closed.
3. Don’t place it under direct sunlight
Placing the piano under the sunlight directly is one of the biggest mistakes that piano buyers make. Harsh sunlight is the biggest enemy of any piano. It will weaken the glue in the joints of your keyboard, cause cracks in the wood finish, and fade the polish away. Direct sunlight can also slowly dry out the soundboard, which will impair the quality of the melody.
4. Don’t change the piano placement frequently
Frequently changing the placement of your piano can damage its walls, wires and even keys. Not only your instrument but your precious hardwood floor will also face the consequences of constant dragging and shifting. Before actual piano placement, do your homework to make sure you don’t have to keep switching its home.
Can I keep the piano near my kitchen?
The environment around the kitchen can be hot and humid. Therefore, it is not advised to place your piano near your kitchen.
How to improve the sound absorption in my music room?
As mentioned above, you can improve the movement and absorption of sound with the help of more furniture. A rule of thumb is to place a heavy carpet near or under your piano for better absorption and resonance.
Where to place the piano in a small living room?
Whether you have a large or small room, place your upright piano with the inner wall for the best performance and an increased life span. You can even place the piano behind a sofa or a dining table to utilize the space efficiently.
An upright piano can be a hefty investment so, following proper care instructions is the key to keeping it for a long time. Placing your piano in an open space and protecting it from the sunlight is the best thing you can do for your instrument. Whether you keep it in the living room, dining room, or a separate music room, follow our simple tips and tricks to boost its performance.