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Your piano sure looks nice in your living room, but if you actually intend to play the thing, you’re likely aware that dust, moisture, sunlight, curious cats, and rowdy children can all cause lasting damage to your instrument. A good piano cover will protect the piano from the elements (both natural and domestic), but without spoiling the whole aesthetic of the room.
An old blanket thrown over the instrument would perform the basic protective function of a piano cover, but since this is a permanent feature of your home and not an estate sale, you’ll want something specifically designed for a piano’s shape and size, which can be easily removed or pushed aside when you want to play. Most are made of a velvety material, and may include additional protective layers for concerns like waterproofing. As for style, decorative flounces run the gamut from simple and unfussy to grand and glamorous.
What to Consider When Buying a Piano Cover
There are just a few things to think about before buying a cover for your piano, including the quality of the material and what it’s going to look like in your house.
Material: Thick velvet is ideal, but other fabrics, commonly pleuche, have the same plush texture and rich appearance. We appreciate additional protective layers that have some degree of waterproofing, but it is most important that the cover be soft enough not to damage the piano’s surface.
Size and Shape: Because pianos differ widely in size and shape depending on type, it is a good idea to double check first the size of the piano cover, and what kind of piano it is designed for. Whether for a grand piano or an upright, the cover should be large enough to neatly fit the entire instrument. Some include additional covers for keys or benches, and upright piano covers can often be easily pushed aside so you can play without having to remove it. We found a dust cover for a piano keyboard too.
Appearance: In general, we think an understated style is best, as this suits the widest variety of interior decors and is unlikely to veer dangerously into tacky territory. Commonly, piano covers will include some decorative pleats or ruffles along the edges, and may come in a variety of colors too.
1. Monkeysell Full Piano Cover
While this upright piano cover comes in several different colors, we prefer the black, which is less likely to show dirt, and contributes to the cover’s aesthetic simplicity. Whatever color you choose, however, this is a neat little piano cover made of soft, velvety pleuche that protects the piano’s surface and fits tidily over a standard medium-sized upright piano. In dimensions, it measures approximately 60 inches in length (referring to the front), 13.7 inches in width, and 43 inches in height.
The bench cover is sold separately, but we find that a piano bench will usually fit under the piano cover as well. We also like that when you want to play the instrument, you don’t need to remove the entire cover. The fabric in the front is parted down the middle, which allows you to simply push back each side and practice your Mozart whenever the mood strikes.
Pros: Velvety fabric that fits most upright pianos with no need to entirely remove in order to play.
Cons: Does not include a bench cover, and some people might find the fabric slightly thin.
2. NKTM Pleuche Grand Piano Cover
This piano cover, also made of soft pleuche, is designed to fit the shape of a grand piano and includes classic decorative ruffles around its edges. As befitting a grand piano, the slightly frilly detail lends the cover an element of old-world fanciness without overdoing it. We are also fans of the three piano pedal covers that come included.
The cover’s dimensions — 65 x 59 x 20 inches — generally suits most grand or baby grand pianos. It isn’t a perfect fit for all, however, and some have found the cover slightly short, so the edge does not perfectly align with the piano.
Pros: Classic design lends a sense of grandeur. This set comes with additional pedal covers.
Cons: Fit can vary across instruments.
3. Premium Velvet Upright Piano Cover
For something a little more luxe, we like this upright piano cover which is made of thick, quality velvet. It also includes a waterproof layer for extra protection; according to the manufacturer, it provides gentle insulation against rapid temperature and humidity variations. The manufacturer also notes the cover’s precise tailoring, which is designed to fit pianos with a horizontal width of 60.2 inches and below.
Design-wise, this cover is as classic as it gets, with an overhang design allowing for easy access to the keyboard, and simple pleated edges. People seem to agree that the plush fabric feels high quality, and that the key cover which comes included is a major bonus.
Pros: Quality velvet with protective waterproof and insulation and included key cover.
Cons: Fabric is a little stiff at first.
4. Keyboard Dust Cover
While not in quite the same category as our other picks, we wanted to include a recommendation for a simple keyboard cover.
Washable, stretchable, and ideally sized for 76 or 88-key keyboards or digital pianos, this dust cover is our all-purpose pick. It is made of high-quality fabric with an adjustable elastic cord to more precisely fit your instrument. This cover is also somewhat water-repellent, a feature you never fully appreciate until it’s not there.
Note that it is a thin dust cover only, so there is no additional protective padding.
Pros: Semi water-repellent with adjustable drawstring for a better fit.
Cons: No protective padding.