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Area Rug for Piano? #2527323
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I will soon have hardwood flooring installed in my living room (which my piano is located in) to replace the existing carpet.

I'd like to purchase an area rug for the piano area, both to protect the floor and to absorb some of the piano sound.

Should I get a rug large enough for only the piano (approx. 66" x 33")? Or should it be large enough to cover the bench as well (approx. 66" x 60")?

I guess that my concerns are a) If the bench is off the rug and the piano is on the rug, would this interfere with pedaling, etc?, and b) which way would look better?

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I don't think it will interfere with pedaling if you buy a shorter one. I personally bought a longer rug to avoid scratching the floor with the bench.

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This is what I have done. I think, proportionally, it looks better if the rug is large enough for placement of the bench.

Of course, had I hardwood flooring, the area rug would be wider and longer to fully accommodate the piano. In my case, it's as much a colour-coordination gesture as it is a real need for an area rug.

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Our rug is similar to the one in WhoDwald's post. One piano is pretty much entirely on the rug, the other, maybe two-thirds.


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Originally Posted by BruceD
This is what I have done.

[Linked Image] area rug

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That is a beautiful piano room. Love the two colors of the walls. Are the other sides the lighter color or do you have a second dark red wall? Thanks for the photo.

I have a similar arrangement, but no rug. I'm thinking about turning my piano around so that it faces out into the room. Did you consider that option? Any pros or cons either way?


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my area rug

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Beautiful piano rooms everyone! Thank you for your responses. It seems that the size of the rug is just a matter of preference.

But all of the photos were of beautiful grand pianos, where the entire floor is visible. My piano is an upright, which will obscure much of the area rug. So perhaps I should go for the larger one (covering the bench as well), purely for aesthetics?

....And a follow-up question: I'm wondering whether anyone has a "music- or piano-themed" design on their area rug? If so I'd love to see it! smile

Thanks.


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Originally Posted by scgrant
Originally Posted by BruceD
This is what I have done.

[Linked Image] area rug

Regards,


That is a beautiful piano room. Love the two colors of the walls. Are the other sides the lighter color or do you have a second dark red wall? Thanks for the photo.

I have a similar arrangement, but no rug. I'm thinking about turning my piano around so that it faces out into the room. Did you consider that option? Any pros or cons either way?


The burgundy wall is an "accent" wall, while the others are the neutral tone that you see in the photograph. The burgundy in the area rug matches that of the wall and the black in the rug matches the ebony piano. Would Martha Stewart approve? smile

If/when I replace the carpeting with hardwood, the area rug will have to be large enough to go under the piano and the bench.

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Originally Posted by newbert
Beautiful piano rooms everyone! Thank you for your responses. It seems that the size of the rug is just a matter of preference.

But all of the photos were of beautiful grand pianos, where the entire floor is visible. My piano is an upright, which will obscure much of the area rug. So perhaps I should go for the larger one (covering the bench as well), purely for aesthetics?

....And a follow-up question: I'm wondering whether anyone has a "music- or piano-themed" design on their area rug? If so I'd love to see it! smile

Thanks.


Hi Newbert
This rug is on my 'wish list'... right after my dedicated music and grand piano

http://www.walmart.com/ip/16005084?...;wl5=pla&wl6=78862200752&veh=sem

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Here is a half and half solution that I use. The rug is large enough that the bench is comfortably on the rug when not being played, pushed toward the keyboard. But when being played, just the front legs are still on the rug. You now have two looks, the great piece of furniture look and the currently in use look. You change the look depending upon the mood you are trying to set.


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Yes, you do want your heel to be the same height as where the piano is standing - I've played a couple of times where the piano is slightly higher for various reasons, and it puts an inordinate strain on your ankle. Otherwise, you'll eventually end up with a separate small carpet under your heels to relieve the pain, and get annoyed because it keeps moving. Without carpet under the heel, it will damage the coating on the floor as well.

I've had an area carpet under an upright before - it was slightly larger than the size of the piano and bench, almost square, with about 6" oversize each side and behind the bench. It could well improve the sound too if the piano is loud and the room is acoustically active.

I guess you don't strictly need the bench on the carpet, as you can always wind it up slightly higher anyway, but I think it's neater that way, and will protect the finish on the floor.


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I bought two rugs for my piano...A medium area rug for under the piano, and a matching small area rug for the bench. I prefer this, as it gives me more flexibility for moving the bench around.

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Some lovely rooms and set ups here.

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The biggest wear issue is the heel of your damper pedaling foot. The legs of the bench don't move as much.



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Originally Posted by SoundThumb
Here is a half and half solution that I use. The rug is large enough that the bench is comfortably on the rug when not being played, pushed toward the keyboard. But when being played, just the front legs are still on the rug. You now have two looks, the great piece of furniture look and the currently in use look. You change the look depending upon the mood you are trying to set.


This is the same setup I had with my Mason & Hamlin - when I played, the front two legs were on the rug, the back two legs were on the hardwood floor. The bench tilted back ever so slightly as a result, not enough to impact my playing, but just enough to be annoying. Now that I'm testing a new piano, I took the opportunity to put a larger rug in the music room, so both the piano and bench are fully on it. I prefer that setup much, much more.


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Re: Area Rug for Piano? [Re: newbert] #2528515
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Thanks to everyone for your responses. Again, there are some beautiful piano rooms on display here!

I've selected my area rug and it's now on order. But now I have a follow-up question:

In order to protect the wood floor, does anyone use anything, in addition to an area rug, to protect the wood flooring? I'm thinking in terms of some things like what's listed on this page, or similar? I ask because my upright only has small casters which, I think, still might dent the hard wood floor thru the area rug. (Or perhaps I'm being too paranoid?)

If you do recommend something like this, a specific link would be appreciated.

Thanks!


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Caster cups are a good idea.


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You never know how you will use the rug in the future either. These will protect both.

http://www.pianosupplies.com/piano/Caster_Cups_Piano.html



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Pianos are heavy, so get the big heavy duty piano-specific caster cups.

The biggest concern is wear from the motion of the heel of your pedaling foot, so put some extra protection there.



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David and BDB, Thanks for your thoughts on caster cups. Yes, that's what I had in mind.

However, now that I know what they're called, I find all sorts on the internet, which leads to two (hopefully) final questions;

1. What material for the cups is most suitable? I see everything from (supposedly strong) plastic to hardwood. And,

2) Should I purchase cups with a felt (or other material) backing, or cups without any backing? Keep in mind that they will placed under the piano which will sit on an area rug which will, in turn, sit on the hardwood floor. Of course, I hope to place the piano onto the perfect spot after the flooring is installed, but I'd like to give myself the flexibility of moving it just a few inches if/when necessary to do so.

Thanks again!


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newbert:

You are going to have a hard time, I would think, moving the piano if it is sitting on an area rug without moving the rug along with it, or, worse, causing the rug to bunch up in certain spots when you try moving the piano.

Perhaps you need to find the ideal spot for the piano before the rug goes under it.

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I found that I didn't need a large area rug under the piano with my cork flooring, just under the bench and pedals for protection. Also went with Piattino caster cups.


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Nice to see a real pair of speakers ( along with a lovely piano and room).


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