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The shop man said I should get a rug for putting underneath the piano if we have floor boards in our house for sound absorption. Is that correct? What if I don't get one?


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The rug will deaden the sound. If you don't get one the sound will not be deadened.


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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
The rug will deaden the sound. If you don't get one the sound will not be deadened.

“Deaden” would seem quite negative and yet the result in many cases can be to improve the sound. You will have to try without and with to know. If you are initially happy without the rug just leave it as is. Or just slide one in temporarily to hear the effect.

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Putting a rug under my Steinway B made all the difference. Without the rug, the piano was too powerful for the room, now it's just perfect.

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Your choice. If your room is relatively uncluttered, with little sound absorbing furniture, drapes etc, you might find it is a bit echoey. Now you might like that - it can also make a piano brighter sounding, again you might love that sound. Putting a rug under the piano can dampen the sound considerably.

You have a choice of size - it can be the length of the piano, but come people have it extend over where the bench sits too, to protect the floor from the bench legs scratching the surface when the bench is moved.

The rug can also protect the floor.

Personally - I'd be doing it.

It's not impossible to put the rug under AFTER installing the piano - but it's not easy, and if it's a large piano, will need professionals to lift the piano.


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I have seen stuffed animals used to great effect in suppressing floor noise. Easy to "install".


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I’ve heard pros and cons for this. In fact a friend of mine made a special wood platform for his wife’s Steinway O to lift it off the carpet and improve the sound. My piano sits on travertine tile. When I asked my piano tech about piano shaped rugs, he used to suggest them but doesn’t anymore. He said it changes the sound but you get more overall improvement with drapes, soft furniture etc.
If you don’t get the rug, definitely get some castor cups to avoid damage to the wood floors.


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Mine is a 130 size upright and a rug made the sound perfect for us !

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Just a thought. If the piano you’re getting is a grand, you could place some blankets underneath it temporarily. If you hear an improvement, buy a rug. If not, don’t. This little experiment would be more difficult to do if you bought an upright.


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Originally Posted by Craig Hair
I have seen stuffed animals used to great effect in suppressing floor noise. Easy to "install".


Hi, j&j,

What do you mean by "stuffed animals"? Can you attach a link or a photo of it?
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Does the material of the rug matter? Has to be fluffy woven ones or jute rug will serve the purpose?


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I have seen stuffed animals used to great effect in suppressing floor noise. Easy to "install".


Hi, j&j,

What do you mean by "stuffed animals"? Can you attach a link or a photo of it?
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It was Craig Hair that suggested stuffed animals. I suggested to try blankets temporarily to see if a rug would improve the sound for you.


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I’ve never seen a piano on a jute rug.
Given the stiffness of the material it may be less sound absorbent. If you play with shoes off, I’d be concerned about the roughness of it while using the pedal in socks or bare feet.


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You could post this question on the Piano Technician Forum. They are quite knowledgeable about how rugs and furniture affect piano sound.


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Rug made a big difference for me in my living room with hardwood floors. A lot of sound projects out the bottom of the piano and bounces off the floor. Try sticking a comforter underneath. If that improves the sound to you, a rug may be in order. I found the best place to buy rugs was Home Depot online, believe it or not. I got a nice round shag carpet to put under mine and it helped focus the sound a lot. Here's a pic.

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Hi Emery, seems that the link of your photo is not working! Mind post it again?

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You've received some good advice. Keep in mind this idea the deeper the pile of the carpet or rug (including pad) the more sound will be absorbed. For that reason you'll need to do some experimentation. The idea of using blankets would be a good start in determining if you'd even want the extra sound absorption. As for pictures of large stuffed animals, Google can help you there. For a stuffed animal to make much difference it would need to be at least 2 feet in size.


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Originally Posted by Emery Wang
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Worked great. Very clear image.



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Originally Posted by Spicy Bella

What do you mean by "stuffed animals"? Can you attach a link or a photo of it?
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