Where should you place a piano in your home?

Once settled, your piano will probably stay in place for years or even decades.  Choosing where to put your piano is partially a design choice, but it can also impact your instrument’s sound quality, maintenance expenses, and overall lifespan. 

Locations to avoid

Pianos are made up of thousands of fragile and carefully calibrated parts, so these instruments are very sensitive to their environment.  Any room that experiences significant temperature or humidity changes won’t be ideal.  Direct sunlight, drafts, and exposure to smoke are also dangerous for your instrument.  Avoid placing your instrument in any of these locations:

  • Under windows
  • Next to exterior doors
  • Against non-insulated exterior walls
  • Near heating ducts, air conditioners, or radiators
  • Close to fireplaces or wood-burning stoves
  • On concrete or heated floors
  • In attics, basements, garages, outdoors, or any other temperature-unregulated areas

Ideal placement for your piano

Regardless of the type of piano you choose, these locations will protect your piano from unnecessary damage so you can enjoy your instrument to the fullest:

  • In the center of a climate-controlled room
  • Against interior walls
  • Against well-insulated exterior walls, but away from windows
  • Away from heavy foot traffic