Piano casters / wheels & cups: protects the floor & helps you to move your piano. These are small wheels that are attached at the bottom of Pianos, furniture, and various appliances. You get high quality cups not just for furniture, but for also your grand/upright piano.
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Why Use These?
You can find these on most pianos in schools, halls, churches and even homes, as it makes it much easier & safer to move the piano, and also doesn’t spoil the carpets or the flooring.
It makes moving the equipment much easier!
I am sure you must have seen caster wheels attached to some of your appliances at home.
All the heavier pianos generally have casters attached to them which make it easier for you to move your piano around the house. But it may happen that some of the Pianos may not have casters attached to them. In that case, it’s better to get it attached to your piano by hiring a piano technician.
Can You Use Furniture Cups or Gliders?
It depends on what sort of piano you own.
Most caster cups (also known as furniture cups or furniture gliders) that are available at local stores are great for sofas, tables, and other such furniture items. You may even use it for your piano (if its not very heavy).
However, for a real grand piano that weighs many times over, you need a proper piano caster cup that will support the weight of your piano without breaking or cracking (while protecting your floors).
Buying Piano Casters/Wheels
You do get high quality piano caster cups that are designed to support the weight of your piano, to protect your carpet and floors, while adding beauty and style to your decor.
Wheels and Casters are available for all types of pianos including a wide selection of Upright, Spinet & Grand pianos.
Most pianos come with rubber castors, however, the more expensive ones can come with brass castors (to complement the looks).
Some owners do not like the brass ones as they can leave some mark (depending on your flooring). You can replace brass castors with rubber ones easily (trading looks for ease of moving).
Setting It Up
If at all you decide to attach casters to your piano, you will need to get in touch with your dealer or manufacturer to check if the casters can indeed be attached to your piano model.
Once you get the nod, you can get the casters attached to your piano.
Piano Caster Cups
Since pianos are heavy instruments, it is quite possible that their weight may cause markings or indentations on the floor.
Of course, you definitely don’t want this to happen so you can take care of this problem by placing caster cups below each caster.
You can place the caster cups once you have decided where you want to place your piano. This will ensure that the floor remains safe from any indentations or markings. Caster wheels can be made from a variety of materials but piano caster cups are normally made of wood or plastic.
Here’s a video that shows How to Buy Piano Caster Cups
You can choose from lucite or hardwood caster cups to provide an elegant touch to your piano, in addition to providing protection for your hardwood floors, carpet or rugs.
Choices of piano caster cups include:
- Solid wood
- Hard plastic
Does Looks Matter?
So does the looks of the caster cups matter? Well, it depends on what sort of piano you have. If you have a top of the line grand piano, which is the center of attraction (wherever its kept), everything associated with it is going to matter (in terms of how it looks).
That is why you have variety in caster cups as well. Lucite piano caster cups or Hard Maple Piano Caster Cups are excellent choices for elegant grand pianos.
With smaller upright pianos, you need something that will do the job of protecting the surface.
Piano Casters: Piano casters are small wheels that are attached at the bottom of Pianos, furniture, and various appliances. It makes moving the equipment much easier.
Piano Caster Cups: Since pianos are heavy instruments, it is quite possible that their weight may cause markings or indentations on the floor. To avoid this problem, place caster cups below each caster.