A piano is a huge investment that doesn’t only scratch a player’s itch but also serves as a grand décor item in a home. If placed with some thought behind it, a piano can add to a place’s aesthetics significantly. Whether you put it in your study, drawing room, or the den in your living area, it will stand out as long as you place it as the focal point in the chosen space. Now, while that may seem like a pretty simple task, it certainly is not.
Many times, what may appear as the center stage in a room where the piano will outshine every other design piece in proximity, might not be the right place for your majestic instrument’s structure. For instance, you put your pride and joy next to a magnificent floor to ceiling window that pours bright sunlight on your piano, highlighting the instrument greatly. But in the long run, this extended exposure to sunlight will damage your piano’s structure and cost you big bucks in repairs. Therefore, you need to be careful about the placement of your prized possession in order to enjoy using it for a while.
Here are some tips to help you decide on a spot to place a piano.
Cross Off The Unfitting Spots
Crossing off the spots that will not be suitable for a piano may seem counterintuitive, but trust us, doing so makes choosing a location a piece of cake. As a rule of thumb, cross out all the spaces that will expose your piano to natural elements, such as the air, sunlight, and fluctuating temperatures. Exposure to those will wreak havoc on your instrument by tarnishing its finish, weakening glued joints or drying out the soundboard, etc.
Choose a Room
Once you have gotten all the ill-suited locations to display your piano out of the way, pick a room that will do justice in underscoring the implement’s splendor. The style and look of your piano will play a vital role in choosing a space for placement.
Typically, grand pianos are placed with the straight edge against a wall, while upright models are situated by an inner wall. In both cases, the placement optimizes sound and preserves the integrity of the piano.
Consider the Acoustics of the Room
Now that you have a room in mind for your musical wonder consider the acoustics of the space to see if your choice is right. For instance, rooms with carpets tend to subdue sounds while tiled or wooden-floored areas resonate them.
Play a piece to figure out if the resulting sound is pleasant to your ears. IF not, then you might want to change the room or upgrade the furnishings.
Bonus Tip: Go for a Relatively Empty Space
Since pianos are enormous, you don’t want to keep them in a cramped room as doing so will dampen the aesthetics of not just the instrument but also the surrounding space. Therefore, choose a place in your house that doesn’t have clutter and will accentuate your piano.
Don’t place your piano like an afterthought; put in some time to figure out the perfect spot for your lofty possession. And if after reading our guide, you feel you need to change your piano’s location, DON’T do it yourself as that might cost you money later. Hire professionals to do the job right.