Where to place your digital piano?

Congratulations on investing in your musical journey with your new digital piano. You're probably feeling very excited and energised at this point. But where is the best place to put your digital piano?

Treat your digital piano as precious. It can be prone to damage by water, heat and humidity.


GOLDEN RULES

  • Don't place it where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, water or moisture e.g under a window, in the kitchen, near an external door.

  • Don't place it in a busy area with lots of people walking about. There's a high risk of people accidentally damaging the corners.

  • Don't place it near heat sources e.g. radiators, stove top, fireplace. Make sure heat sources are at least 2m away.


THE IDEAL PLACE FOR YOUR PIANO

  • Controlled climate: steady temperature and humidity. I recommend interior walls and avoiding hallways/ corridors near external doors.

  • Good ventilation: ensure the room is not 'stuffy' and has adequate airflow either by an openable window or an AC unit. I recommend avoiding the window being directly above the piano, to prevent incoming windy rain and big temperature changes.

  • Avoiding overhangs: the piano need to be somewhere safe from any falling items from shelves or cupboards.

  • Space to breathe: the room need to be adequately spacious for good acoustics and creating a welcoming space that encourages practise. There is no point investing in a beautiful instrument, only to have it pushed to a small corner and hidden away from view.

  • Light and bright: make the area light and bright perhaps with an adjacent proximity window, good ceiling lights and wall lights. You can also invest in a piano light but avoid any clip or clamp varieties that will damage the piano.

  • Upstairs or downstairs: consider which area is more inviting for the student. In the UK upstairs is typically seen as more private due to bedrooms and bathrooms. Whereas downstairs is more communal.

  • Be a good neighbour: be considerate of those sharing your walls as sound can transmit easily and upset what was once a friendly rapport.

  • Leave a gap: dependent on your brand and model, you will need to leave a gap of 10 - 20cm at the back of the piano to optimise the speaker performance.



DAMAGE OVER TIME


If the location of the piano is not considered well, the piano can be damaged. Signs of damage include: lightening on the piano finish, cracks and scratches to the finish, indentations on the corners, settled dust on the keys, yellowing keys, issues with sensitivity and button controls, warping of the plastic.




WHERE I PLACE MY PIANO


Whilst I don't own a digital piano, here is where I place my acoustic piano. All the items above are even more important for acoustic pianos.


My upright acoustic piano that I use for both personal practise and teaching, is located in it's own room. As is the optimal location for uprights, the back is against an interior wall. The radiator and large windows are on an adjacent wall of the room, with the temperature and humidity of the room monitored using a gauge.


The natural light source is diffused using net curtains, and the room well light across a variety of ceiling lights, wall lights and studio lights. No loading is placed on the piano except for an occasional light sign I use for teaching purposes.