Where to Put an Upright Piano in a Room

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Placing a piano in an optimal spot in a room is vital for the overall sound of the instrument in your home. With the right placement, you can make a smaller piano sound much richer and fuller.

When it comes to upright pianos, the obvious selection would be to put it against the wall; after all, the back is flat – and it’s not very attractive to look at. If you were to put an upright piano in the middle of a room it might look odd.

Even though the placement of an upright piano might seem limited, there are some things you can try to make the sound much better. The best thing to do is place the piano a few inches away from the wall – don’t place it directly on the wall. This will allow the sound of the piano to reverberate off the wall and fill the room with music. If the upright is flush against the wall, a lot of the sound will be muffled. This is because most of the sound from an upright piano comes out the back because that is where the soundboard is.

Another thing you can do to improve the sound is to place the upright in a position where it would divide the room – so it would not be against the wall, but essentially in the middle of the room. To get away from having the back of the piano exposed, you can install attractive fabric on the back of the piano to match the decor of your room.

Generally, you will have an upright piano against a wall, but it is worth experimenting to see what sounds best. The sound of your piano is dependent not only on the condition of the piano but the room it’s in.

2 thoughts on “Where to Put an Upright Piano in a Room”


  1. Hello!!: Nice to have this: I tune a lot of uprights and I hadn’t thought of space left from the wall….. Hope Jean Fulleman’s M&H is ok…….. Jim

  2. Hello,Robert
    Mm son has been playing for 3 years now and practicihg on a keyboard. He is quite good and we decided to buy a piano for him. Unfortunately we have no space and no budget for the baby grand. Can you suggest the best brands for an upright?
    Thank you very much

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