Often the trickiest part of designing your space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout ideas for any space – from the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward. In this installment, we’re exploring all the stylish ways to arrange a living space with a piano.
Believe it or not, finding the right spot to place a piano in a living room is a common design dilemma our customers face. We totally get why! If you have a piano, chances are it’s either being used by you or your family regularly in a shared public space, or it holds some sentimental or personal meaning for you that makes it hard to get rid of.
Regardless of how often you play your piano, there’s no denying that it’s a substantial piece that can really only work in a few spots – or at least it might seem that way. We’re here to help show you otherwise.
Take a peek below for some inspiring ways to arrange (or rearrange) your space to accommodate a piano.
For a Pass-Through Living Room
If you’re living in a single-floor house or a home that has a series of small rooms, you might find yourself working with a square-shaped, pass-through living space that requires you to make use of every inch. Add in a substantial piece, like a piano, and it can get a little challenging to make everything fit.
Layout Idea #1: Symmetrical and Focused
If you’re working with an upright piano that needs to go against a wall, make it the focal point in your square living room. Think of it almost as a stand in for a fireplace. This then lets you arrange the rest of your furniture symmetrically around it. You might think it sounds crazy to design a room around a piano, but in this case it can be a super stylish and space-saving approach.
Best For: If you like to play music for guests while entertaining, this lets you listen and lounge in total comfort. Also great if you’re a family of musicians that enjoys taking turns playing tunes.
Layout Idea #2: Cornered and Composed
This approach is probably the most common when you’re working with an upright piano. By placing it flush against two walls in a corner, the piano doesn’t interfere with the flow of the rest of a square room but is still easily accessible. It’s a great way to carve out a perfect little practice area.
Best For: If you have little ones who are learning the piano and your home sees a lot of foot-traffic and commotion. This keeps your space open.
Layout Idea #3: Grand and Balanced
With a grand piano, try making room for it by dividing your space into two areas down the middle: One side for lounging, one side with just the grand piano, which instantly becomes a statement and sculpture in the room. This is also a great way to play up a formal vibe in a small space – who doesn’t love getting cozy next to a grand piano, right?
Best For: If you have a grand piano that you want to show off in a fancy way.
For a Long and Narrow Living Room
A common room shape for apartments and city townhouses, you’ll find that these elongated spaces often have to serve multiple needs (living and entertaining, impromptu work area, TV spot) with tight square footage to work with. With a piano in the picture, some smart maneuvering is definitely required.
Layout Idea #1: Keep It on the Sidelines
Many long living rooms end up having only one source of natural light from windows at the very far end of the space. This might be the best spot for setting up an upright piano if you need your space to function as an all-in-one living and gathering spot where you’ll be spending time watching TV or hosting friends and drink nights. This approach keeps the piano off to the side but it helps to anchor the room as it’s the first thing you’ll see.
Best For: If you like jamming out with friends but have a catch-all space that’s used for everything.
Layout Idea #2: Blend It into the Decor
Why not simply make your upright piano a part of your living room decor by arranging it as you would a piece of furniture. By placing the piano opposite your sofa and adding chairs on both side, it immediately feels like a natural component in the room. We especially love how this also opens up room for a work desk. Talk about multipurpose!
Best For: If you’d rather play some ballads than watch TV. Or if your piano is an heirloom that you want to incorporate as a part of your daily life. This layout idea gives it the attention it deserves.
Layout Idea #3: Set It Up Like a Stage
Place a grand piano at the end of a long room to give it a performance-stage-like set up that immediately makes your space feel polished and pulled together. We like to think of this as the high-low approach, where you can easily have people over for both movie night as well as a piano performance (even at the same time!).
Best For: If you’re a serious pianist who also loves having people over for recitals. If you ask us, we love a good sing-a-long hangout!
For a Large and Open Living Room
Often these open living spaces with a fireplace are found in family homes and multi-story houses. But just because you have more space to work with doesn’t mean finding the right spot for a piano is any easier.
Layout Idea #1: Put Baby (Grand) In a Corner
Arrange your furniture to face one corner and put your grand (or baby grand) there so that it becomes the sculptural spotlight in the room. This set-up guarantees that your piano will be the centerpiece in the room. And whether you use it often or not, it’s bound to add intrigue and balance to your space.
Best For: If you have a formal sitting room where you like to host formal cocktail parties. Also, this is great if you have an eclectic mix of furnishings in a big space; the piano will help unify everything.
Layout Idea #2: Use It For a Vignette
If you’d rather your grand piano be off to the side as opposed to part of the room as much, try to create a vignette with it as the centerpiece. Hang art on the walls around it and pull in few tall plants to make it a visually stimulating spot all on its own.
Best For: If your piano is more for display than use.
Layout Idea #3: Make It Double as Display
Don’t forget that your piano can have uses beyond being just making music. That’s particularly true for upright pianos, which can also hold art on top. In a big space, try thinking of it as you would a bookshelf and slipping it into a corner with favorite art placed above it.
Best For: If your living room is for casual hangouts where you like to turn out some tunes.
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