Where to put a piano
Where Should I put a Piano in the Living Room?
Lucky individuals who own a piano and know how to play them are often in a quandary when they move. They know where they want it but do not know exactly where to put the piano in their living rooms. It all boils down to what kind of piano the homeowner has and the purpose of the piano. If the piano will be used daily by children who are taking lessons a different position is in order than that of a grand piano which will be used by a seasoned pianist to entertain guests as well as playing for pleasure.
There are fast and steady rules that apply to uprights as well as grand’s and baby grand’s. All pianos must be well placed so that they are not affected by fluctuating temperatures and humidity in the Living Room. Having a well-insulated younger home will differ from an older, less-insulated home that can be drafty. Fluctuations in temp or humidity or both can affect the tone quality of the piano and in some instances do damage to the inner workings.
Owners who want to place the piano in their living rooms and are uncertain as to the temperature/humidity equation may want to install a specialized unit inside the piano that controls in interior temperature. It is like when you walk into an IT department at your work and the room seems to be freezing. The department managers know they must maintain a certain temperature for the equipment to run efficiently. Experts say that the cold does more damage to the piano than anything else. Those who are budget conscious may want to place a tiny humidifier inside the instrument rather than purchase an installed heater.
Also, experts say that if you have either of these systems for your piano, you must keep the lid open at all times. This can be a noise factor which we will discuss a little later. Also, do not place your piano in the vicinity of an air conditioning or heater duct.
Even though you want to place your piano in your living room you should never place it by a window. This seems to be a good idea so that a player can read the sheet music by natural light. However, windows can let in drafts and humidity which are two things you want to avoid at all costs. Even if these factors were not issues, the noise level for your neighbors would be another.
Now we segue into the noise factor. If the homeowner is an accomplished player neighbors will probably enjoy the music from time to time. If this is the case and you have an upright piano, it is appropriate to place it against an outside wall. The music will definitely filter out unless you have sound-proofed your living room – which very few people do. You also want to consider the type of music you are playing and whether or not it could affect your neighbor’s sensibilities. If you play Rock and Roll and live next door to a retired couple, placing your upright on an outside wall would not be a good idea. Also, if you have children who are taking lessons and are not accomplished players, an interior wall is the best option.
Whether you have an upright, grand or baby grand and you have to leave the lid open, more sound will ‘escape’ from the instrument. When you have any grand piano you want to place it where the lid opening is closest to the people who will be listening (guests). You can place it with the keys facing the outside wall because the sound will be coming from the front of the unit. If you have novice players you may want to place your piano in the living room facing an interior wall.
As far as decorating when you place the piano in your living room, the piano will be the focal point of the room. Decorate around it to play up its importance. You want to place sofas and chairs where visitors can get the most enjoyment from your playing.