Must Pianos Be Placed on Interior Walls?

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Q: I'm thinking of getting an upright piano, but my small house has very limited interior wall space. I've always heard that you should steer clear of placing a piano on an exterior wall, as temperature and moisture swings will cause damage and constant out-of-tune-ness. In doing a little searching on the web, I found many sources saying it's not really all that important, but most of those sources were piano tuners, who might stand to profit by more folks placing their pianos on exterior walls and causing them to go out of tune. So… who do I believe?Does anyone own an upright piano and keep it on an exterior wall (in a relatively older home — my house was built in 1930 and is mildly drafty)? I would love to hear some anecdotal evidence here! Many thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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