- Max Kuehn
Pianos come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most common questions asked is, “How wide is an upright piano? ” Upright pianos are typically between 36 and 60 inches wide, with the average width being around 48 inches. However, some models are even wider, such as the grand piano. So, if you’re looking for a specific model, be sure to check the dimensions before making your purchase.
What Is The Definition Of An Upright Piano?
Compared to a grand or baby grand piano, a vertical piano has a different frame and strings. The core hardware of the piano runs vertically, perpendicular to the keyboard, taking up less room.
Robert Wornum designed the mechanical action construction of the vertical piano in London in 1826. It immediately gained popularity since the upright piano size permitted these musical instruments to be placed in houses and bars. In contrast, grand pianos were only available in ballrooms.
What’s The Difference Between A Grand And An Upright Piano?
The grand piano is shaped similarly to the pianoforte, an early type of piano. The strings are strung horizontally, which allows for a richer tone. The strings of a vertical piano, on the other hand, are strung vertically. The hammers travel horizontally and employ springs to return to their original position.
A Standard Upright Piano Dimensions Inches
The dimensions of a normal upright piano are 58 inches wide, 48 to 60 inches tall, and roughly 24 inches deep. The height of an upright piano varies depending on the manufacturer and model. Vertical pianos can be further classified into four categories:
- Upright pianos range in height from 50 to 60 inches.
- Studio pianos range in height from 45 to 49 inches.
- Console pianos range in height from 40 to 44 inches.
- The spinet piano is 36 to 39 inches tall.
Upright Pianos are divided into four categories.
Dimensions of Upright Pianos (Chart)
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are the measurements of the pianos we’ll be discussing:
The upright piano is the first type of vertical piano. It goes by a few different names. ‘Professional piano, “studio upright,’ ‘upright grand,’ and, amusingly, ‘Grandma’s piano’ is used to describe pianos.
It’s the tallest (between 121cm and 135cm, or 48-60′′) and heaviest of the vertical pianos (between 500 and 1000 pounds, or 227-454kg, depending on the type of wood). To move one, you’ll need at least four strong persons.
Uprights have a lot of punch in terms of tone. A full-height (130cm) upright piano has a powerful lower-mid register, whereas a grand piano has a more melodic tone in the treble and upper mid registers (a full and deep bass).
- Height: 120-135 cm (47-60′′)
- Width: 155cm (61′′) approx.
- Depth: 60cm (23′′) approx.
- Weight: 500-1000 pounds (227-454kg)
The next size down is the studio piano. They’re a little shorter and lighter than the upright, measuring between 112cm and 121cm (44′′ to 48′′) and weighing between 400 and 500 pounds (181-227kg).
They are frequently seen in schools and classrooms because of their loudness and small stature (hence the name). The studio piano has the largest piano soundboard of all the vertical pianos and longer strings, although being a touch lower in height than the upright size. As a result, they’re the ideal size and tone compromise.
A console piano stands between 102cm and 109cm (40′′ and 43′′) tall and weighs between 350 and 450 lbs (159-204kg)
The console piano is the most popular of all vertical pianos, and it is the ideal piano for household usage in many respects.
Thanks to its non-drop action mechanism, which allows the keyboard to interact directly with the hammers, the sound quality is enough for most users. It is, however, small enough to fit into small spaces and light enough to be moved without difficulty.
The spinet piano is the smallest and shortest of the four varieties (about 91cm to 101cm, or 36′′-40′′), with a height of less than 40 inches.
They don’t have the same tone as their bigger siblings and have a different internal mechanism. Each key is linked to vertical wires at the back using a ‘drop action mechanism’ (indirect blow action).
As a result, they are often regarded as having a lower tone. However, they are typically less expensive. They’re also great if the room is an issue because of their size. They can also be transported from room to room by two strong people because they’re the lightest in terms of weight (about 400 lbs).
How Wide Is An Upright Piano Inches?
Although the usual upright piano proportions vary from model to model, the piano’s breadth remains constant at 58 inches. This is to provide room for the 88 distinct keys found on a piano.
What Is The Weight Of An Upright Piano?
The weight of an upright piano varies between 500 and 800 pounds. A vertical piano will require at least four persons to move.
Why do pianos have different heights and lengths but not widths?
This is a simple question to respond to. The height of upright pianos varies, and the length of grand pianos varies. This explanation is the same; it has to do with the soundboard’s size and string length.
The keys on an upright piano are parallel to the soundboard and strings. The sound is more resonant and richer with a taller, larger soundboard and longer strings. This is why upright pianos come in such a wide range of heights.
You can get spinet pianos that are exceedingly short down to exceptionally tall professional upright pianos like the Yamaha U3, which stands at an astonishing 52 inches tall.
The same rationale governs the length of grand pianos. The soundboard and strings on the grand pianos are horizontal rather than perpendicular to the keys.
Grand pianos can have significantly larger soundboards and longer strings because it is easier to create something larger when it sits horizontally. Upright pianos cannot be made that tall because they would tip over. Grand pianos can be up to 9 feet long.
The main message here is that pianos differ in length and height because larger pianos produce better sound.
This does not relate to width since, for starters, it is impossible to make a piano slimmer because it must feature 88 keys, each of which must be a specific size and width. Extending the breadth of a piano makes no impact; broadening the soundboard does not influence the piano’s tone as does lengthening it.
Widening a piano has no practical use other than using more resources, increasing the cost of the piano, and taking up more space. This explains why all pianos are the same size.
There may be minor differences; for example, the cheek blocks (the two blocks on either side of the keyboard that keep it in place) on some pianos may be slightly wider or narrower, or the thickness of the casework may vary. My Yamaha U1, on the other hand, is about the same width as a 9-foot Steinway.
What Is The Size Of A Full Size Upright Piano?
The dimensions of a standard upright piano are 58 inches wide by 48 to 60 inches high by 24 to 26 inches deep, with a depth of 48 to 60 inches. Upright piano heights are more likely to differ from the manufacturer’s and model’s recommendations.
How Much Room Does An Upright Piano Require?
A normal upright piano is around 5 feet tall and 3 inches deep. Within the space, you are allowed to bring in 5′-6′′ wide by 5 1/4′′ deep, including bench space.
What Is The Price Of A Full-Size Piano?
An upright piano costs between $3000 and $6000 on average. High-end upright pianos range in price from $10,000 to $25,000. Grand pianos at the starting level range in price from $7000 to $30,200. For well-known pianos like Steinway, Bosendorfer, and Yamaha, the price range is $65,000 to $195,000.
What Makes Digital Pianos Unique?
Console digital pianos now follow the same guidelines as upright and grand pianos. If it has 88 keys, it will be about the same width as all other 88-key pianos. Digital pianos and keyboards differ in that not all of them have 88 keys.
Some have 76 keys, whereas others have 61 or even fewer. Because compact pianos have fewer keys, they will be slimmer than full-size 88-key pianos.
A piano is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and magnificently sounding instruments ever made. Although it can weigh as much as an elephant, playing one makes your heart feel as light as a feather. There aren’t many things in the world these days that can do that. Fidlar hope you found this helpful article, and let us know if you have any questions in the comment section below.