How to Put a Rug Under a Grand Piano


A piano is a musical instrument that produces sound by striking strings with hammers. The word comes from the Italian “pianoforte,” meaning soft-loud because its lower octaves are quieter than the higher ones. A person who plays this instrument is called a pianist. Pianos come in different sizes and shapes, but they all have three things in common: keys, hammers, and strings.

How to Put a Rug Under a Grand Piano

Most people know how to play one song; however, there are many more songs you can learn how to play on the piano if you put in some practice time every day at it like I did when I was younger. But this article is not about practicing piano. And this is about how to put a rug under a grand piano. So let us get into the core discussion

Summary: If you have a grand piano, you’ll want to put a rug under it to keep your floor clean. Here’s how: 1. Find a rug that’s the right size and shape for the space. 2. Measure the space where the piano will be placed. 3. Cut the rug to the correct size. 4. Lay the rug in the space, making sure it’s centered. 5. Pull the rug up around the piano. 6. Tuck the ends of the rug under the piano. 7. Secure the rug with bungee cords or tape.

A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Put a Rug Under a Grand Piano:

Step 1.

Take the rug out of its package. If there are staples, remove them. If the carpet has any marks like circles or stains, then definitely use an iron to get rid of it, or else it will look not good under your grand piano (really). Also, note how many pieces the rug is cut into; most rugs only come in one piece, but some consist of two or more sections that need to be put together before smoothing out on the floor.

Step 2.

Put double-sided tape on any corners or edges you want to make sure you don’t move while you’re placing the piano on top of it (you’ll see why later). Some people also like to put tape along all four sides for extra precaution.

Step 3.

Push the piano to one side of the room if it’s off to the side already, or push it towards an empty wall (if your piano is not against a wall) so you can easily place the rug underneath it without any obstructions in your way.

Step 4.

Take some old towels and lay them on top of the rug where you want to place Grandma’s antique grand piano that she uses only for recitals at least once every two years but doesn’t play very well anyways because her arthritis acts up during those times. Make sure they are evenly spread out before proceeding so there won’t be too many wrinkles when you finally remove them later on after everything’s done.

Step 5.

Take the rug and slowly lift it (with your two hands) (don’t forget to push the towels out of the way too), place it on top of Grandma’s piano, and make sure it’s centered. If you need to adjust for better centering, then use a pencil or pen to mark where you want to cut or fold before placing back down on top of that nice grand piano that your mom saved up for half her life so that she can give it to one of her kids when they’re old enough to take care of things like this.

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Take the Rug and Slowly Lift It

Step 6.

Flip the rug over and examine any debris like dirt particles, rocks, animal food, etc. If there is, you have to get it out from under your grand piano so start picking on each side of the rugby, lifting it slowly without ripping or ruining Grandma’s rug that she probably got from some Middle Eastern country with lots of sand.

Step 7.

Well done! You’ve just placed a rug underneath your grand piano without damaging anything, which means your mom will probably let you borrow her new car tonight while she watches one of her soap operas with Grandma in the room next door. Good job!

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Precautions While Putting a Rug Under a Grand Piano:

– Grand pianos are very heavy. If you need to move your piano, talk with its manufacturer or a qualified technician for advice on moving it safely.

– Make sure the room is well ventilated. Rug materials can be flammable and emit gases that could damage your piano if there is static electricity in the air (especially common during the winter).

– The rug will increase noise from footfalls, so make any necessary accommodations.

– Be aware of where wires are hidden under the rug; you don’t want to trip over them.

– Make sure all your rugs are entirely flat and taut.

– If you have a sectional or leather piano, do not put a rug under it as this may damage its finish.

Ensure the area around the piano is clear from anything that might be a hazard for a child (such as furniture).

Which Rugs Are Suitable for Grand Piano?

Many types of furniture are suitable for pianos, but not all rugs are equally appropriate. Mats that are too thick or insufficiently firm surface will cause the piano to “bounce” and adversely affect its tuning. Thin Turkish rugs and sisal mats may also be aesthetically pleasing, but they’re often slippery and can lead to tuning problems, as well as feet and moving parts getting caught in them.

Some well-loved rugs may have lost their stiffness through extended use, so they might now pose a danger to your piano’s action. Please take care when considering any rug under your piano. For those who wish to use an ori rug under their instrument, we can recommend one of the following types:

A)  Any ori with a very long pile is suitable. This can be 7th & 8th-century kilims, old village rugs, “carpet-style” antique ottoman pieces. The finest are those made in the 18th and 19th centuries when high-quality dyes were available. It helps if they have been stored rolled up or folded rather than being left flat, as this preserves their stiffness better.

B) A good quality modern oriental rug – either hand-made or machine-made is also fine so long as care has been taken to select an appropriate weave structure, color scheme, and material that will not lose its sturdiness over time. A typical Chinese silk brocade in good condition is an example of the type that will work well. You could also consider a hand-knotted or hand-tufted oriental rug, but please note these are usually made on much looser warps than Turkish rugs, so they may not be ideal.

Modern Oriental Rug

C) A better quality modern kilim would also make a proper piano mat if cared for correctly. Choose one with a long pile for smaller pianos, and be sure to follow our advice below about storage when you’re not using it. Because of their firm weave structure, most antique rugs (and some modern ones) can work very well, although any that have become flat through age will need to be re-stretched before use (see “Storing Rugs Properly”).

Rug Size: You will probably need an ori rug about 6 feet long by 3 feet wide – larger for larger pianos, smaller for smaller ones. If you are using a Turkish carpet, it should be 6 feet by 4 feet minimum. Smaller rugs tend to bunch up under the piano legs, and large rugs can risk obstruction of your movements around it or pinching of fingers when tuning. Thick padding underneath may help protect fine antiques from scratching but is not necessary if your instrument already has substantial casters/spikes on its legs or rubber tips on its felt hammer ends.

How to Store Rugs Properly?

Many people assume that oriental rugs are best stored flat between heavy books, but this is not the best way to care for them. It is vital that you keep your carpet rolled up or folded and, if possible, hung on a wall rather than left flat because ori rugs need their pile to be evenly distributed along their length at all times to keep their structure and balance correctly.

In addition, when oriental rugs are stored flat, the base warp loops become squashed and lose some of their tension, so they cannot support the pile sufficiently when unrolled again. This leads to an unbalanced finished rug with excessive wear on one side where it has been repeatedly flattened under other heavy objects such as furniture or books.


I hope you have obtained all the necessary information on how to put a rug under a grand piano. Ensure all the precautions are correct. Thank you and have a nice day!

Jennifer Branett
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