Protecting a Piano from Scratches

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Q: We have an 8-month-old and have recently set up a dedicated playroom for him on our first floor. Unfortunately, the only place our upright piano fits is in the playroom. I am constantly being told that I just need to accept that the piano will be ruined as my son runs his toys and ride-on cars into it, etc, but I am still holding out hope that we can either teach him to be gentle or, in the meantime, protect it somehow. Do you have any suggestions on protecting the piano from scratches? I was hoping for something that might look nice as well (i.e., not just a black piano cover). Thanks in advance!

Sent by Karen

Editor: I don't have a piano at home, but I've been surprised how little damage my now 3-year-old son has done to the furniture (certainly less than our cats!). But, then again, our furniture isn't particularly valuable to begin with. Readers, any ideas for Karen?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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