So you went and bought yourself a piano. Even though you can’t actually play piano. Or maybe you can. The important thing is less whether you can play the piano or not than where you can put it. Everybody has time to learn the piano if they really want to. But few people have the luxury of being overburdened with too many places to put a piano. On the other hand, those who intend to actually play their piano are much, much less overburdened with opportunity.
Some places in the home are downright dangerous when it comes to a piano. For instance, it is really a horrendous idea to situate a piano in front of a window or anywhere where it will be exposed to direct sunlight. Over time-and far less time then you think-the direct sunlight is going to fade the wood. Equally awful placement of pianos is anywhere where heat and moisture can weak havoc. This means keeping the piano away from heaters, radiators, ductwork and kitchens where the temperature fluctuations can become a genuine source of mayhem.
If you are going to actually be playing the piano, then the placement should most definitely be based in prime part upon where it will sound best. If the piano is just there for décor, you’ve got a much wide room for possibility. The ideal thing would be to drag the piano from once location to another and play it; only then will you know for sure where it sounds best. And where it sounds best to you is what’s important. If you prefer the muted tones of carpeted room, so be it. If you prefer the more harmonic suggestiveness of a heavily tiled room, so be it.
Many people like to place a larger piano in a corner and this works especially well with a grand or baby grand piano. Unless, of course, it means taking everything that was in that corner and situating it elsewhere. What you wind up with then are the clean lines of a minimalist corner at odds with an otherwise cluttered. Avoid cluttering up the rest of the space by thinking in terms of balance. Others prefer to place the piano more toward the middle of the room and this is fine unless natural traffic must be diverted around it. Think outside the norm and consider placing a grand piano lengthwise against a wall or a spinet piano horizontally placed to allow free traffic flow.
The single best place in the house to situate a piano if you want to avoid having to get it professionally tuned is the area of the house where the climate is most well-regulated. Fluctuations in temperature can create atmospheric damage that over time to send the piano out of tune. The more evenly distributed and consistently maintained the temperature around the piano, the better it will sound ten years from now and longer.