How to Make an Upright Piano Cover

Even if you hardly ever play your upright piano, it can be an important decorative accent in a living area in your home.
A cover can help preserve the investment you've made in your upright piano.A cover can help preserve the investment you've made in your upright piano.
Not only will a fabric cover protect your piano from the ravages of dust and changes in temperature over time, it will also turn that corner of the room into a conversation piece. While you can buy upright piano covers or custom order them, with some sewing skill you can save a lot of money by making it yourself.

Step 1

Measure the height of the upright piano's string box from the top to the floor. Then measure the width of the box and the keyboard. Finally, measure the depth of the piano from the front of the keyboard to the back of the string box.

Step 2

Multiply the width of the keyboard by the depth of the piano. Multiply the height of the string box by four. Add these two answers together to get the area of the cover you will need. Buy enough muslin to cover that area and place it over the piano.

Step 3

Use your fabric pen to draw the piano's outline on the muslin, including the top and sides of the string box, the curves out from the string box to the keyboard, and the bottom of the front of the piano. Cut along the lines you've made with your shears.

Step 4

Lay your cover material facedown. Set the muslin cutouts on top of it. Draw lines around the cutouts on the material and cut the pieces out of the material. Connect all of the pieces with straight pins, then use your sewing machine to connect all of the pieces. If you sew the pieces covering the sides of the keyboard and string box to the middle pieces, and then sew those pieces to the large piece in the middle, you'll have enough room to turn your material over and use your cover.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Cover material
  • Fabric pencil
  • Sewing machine
  • Shears
  • Straight pins
  • Muslin

About the Author

Leslie Renico's grant-writing career began in 2006 and her grants have brought in millions of dollars for nonprofits serving the poor and providing medical care for the needy. Renico has appeared on television and her articles have appeared in various online publications. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 1997.