Piano Cover Buying Guide & Frequently Asked Questions
Should I get a mackintosh, quilted or vinyl piano cover?
Choosing between mackintosh and vinyl depends largely upon where your cover will be used. Consider the following:
Vinyl Piano Covers:
Vinyl is very easy to wipe clean when wet, is lightweight which allows our customers to easily remove and place back on the piano, and is easily cleaned by using either a damp cloth or by vacuuming. If your piano is in a highly visible and in a location where many people will be around, vinyl tends to be the best fabric for your piano cover. If liquids will be near your piano and there is a chance of spilling (or people putting a cup on top of the cover and leaving a ring), you will want a vinyl cover. Vinyl, within reason, will not absord the liquid and leave a stain (anything spilled on macintosh will be absorbed if not quickly blotted). Additionally, vinyl comes in more color choices than the standard black and brown that you will find with mackintosh and quilted covers.
For a picture of a piano with a black vinyl cover, click: Vinyl Grand Piano Cover
Mackintosh Piano Covers:
Mackintosh is exceptionally tough and durable and well suited for use in schools, churches, theaters and studios. Mackintosh is thicker than vinyl, and offers more protection from bumps and scratches. Mackintosh has a warmer look than vinyl, and many people prefer its cloth look to that of vinyl. Furthermore, mackintosh breathes more than vinyl. Vinyl traps heat, so if your piano gets a lot of sunlight, you will want to get a mackintosh cover. A downside to mackintosh is that it is harder to clean. It cannot be wiped down with a wet cloth like vinyl. The best way to clean it is with a vaccuum.
Quilted Piano Covers:
Quilted covers offer a luxurious appearance, and look very professional. For an image example, see: Black Quilted Grand Piano Cover. The extra padding provides additional protection against physical damage. Our premium quilt covers are especially effective against damage from blunt trauma, and they are also water resistant. Quilted covers the lightest and easiest to remove. If the cover is for an older person, you may want to consider getting the quilted cover.
Want to see examples of the fabric choices? Click: piano cover material options
What Color Piano Cover Should I get?
If you have a black piano, you should get a black piano cover. Walnut and Mahogany pianos should typically go with a brown cover. Room decor can be a consideration however. If your room has warm, earth-tone colors, a cloth couch and other fabric covered furniture, then a brown cover might look better regardless of the color of your piano. Additionally, vinyl comes in burgundy, white, and tan (sand) color options, allowing you to closer match the style of your room (mackintosh and quilt covers only come in brown and black). If you have vinyl or leather furniture, you may also want to get a vinyl cover as wwell.
Piano Covers with Embroidered Brand Logo:
For an additional fee, it's possible to add the name of your piano to either the front of the piano above the keys, or to the side of the piano (where the sideboard is). This is a wonderful way to highlight the brand of your piano, even when it is covered. Custom embroidery is also an option, and something to consider for schools, hotels, resorts, sports team fans, etc. Also popular is adding a more personal touch, including "donated by" and "in memory of." If you are interested in a custom embroidered logo, please email us with details.
Are Certain piano covers too heavy for some people to take on and off? The difference in fabric weight.
The weight of a piano cover can be a concern for those taking it on and off, though in general, all the covers should be easy to handle. Quilted covers are the lightest and easiest to remove, making it a favorite among our more mature customers. It is also a great option for nursing homes and church groups. Vinyl covers are heavier than quilted covers, but should not be an issue to take on and off for the vast majority of users. An older woman would not have an issue removing the cover to play for church, for example. Mackintosh is the heaviest of the 3 materials, and is designed to be used in places where extra protection is needed (schools, churches, etc). Again, the weight of the cover will not be a concern for most customers.
Keep in mind that covers cannot be made too thick or heavy, as they would hold too much heat next to the piano and cause it to go out of tune.
Locking Straps for a Grand Piano Cover:
Locking straps are a popular option when the piano is in an area where people will want to remove the cover and play with it. The straps keep the cover in place, and act as an effective barrier against tampering. Many schools, hotels, resorts and churches add this option to ensure their piano stays safe and sound. The straps are also a good idea if you are getting the cover to store your piano.
How do locking straps work? There are 3 straps--one by each front leg and one at the back of the piano. The straps meet in the middle of the piano, forming a "Y" shape. At the end of each strap is a plastic D-ring. You turn one one of the rings sideways and insert it through the other d-ring. When you turn it back, they will now be interconnected (as shown in the picture above). The cover is now securely on the piano, and the straps need to be disconnected in order to remove the cover and play.
Items must be returned or exchanged within 30 days of receipt, in new condition. For returned products, there is a 10% restocking fee to help cover original shipping fees. Please note that custom made covers cannot be returned, so please be careful when measuring your piano.
Shipping & Handling Time:
Our piano covers are manufactured in the United States, and custom made for you upon your order. Covers typically ship out within 6-10 business days after ordering, and will come to you via FedEx/UPS ground shipping.
Shipping To Canada:
Our Free Shipping prices are set for the continental United States, however we are happy to ship to Canada. Shipping to Canada is an additional fee of $40.00 per piano cover. On the shopping cart checkout page, please select the Canada shipping option in the drop down menu.
Piano Cover Length. Should I get a standard or full length cover?
A standard piano cover hangs 1"-2" below the bottom of the base of your piano. This is the most popular option, and is cover you want in almost all situations. Full length covers that run all the way to the floor can be custom ordered for an additional fee (approximately $80, depending on the size of the piano cover). A situation where you would want a full length cover is if you lived in an extremely dusty part of the country. A full length cover would help prevent dust from getting underneath and into your piano. If you are interested in a full length piano cover, please email us the brand and size of your piano, and we will provide you a price quote.
We accept purchase orders from schools, colleges, government organizations, religious institutions, etc. To purchase using a purchase order, please email us the signed documents on the institutions letterhead. A W9 form can be provided.