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QUESTION: Hi, my house is 100 years old, making it difficult to fit some furniture inside. My doorway is 29" wide (with door removed)and 77" tall. Here are the dimensions of the sofa I want to order:
L38 x W84 x H37
Floor to top of arm 28"
Inside arm to inside arm 65"
Leg height 3"
Seat Depth 21"
Seat Height - Floor to top of cushion 21"
Seat to top back 20"

ANSWER: Hello Sue,

The 37" height is going to be too tight for the 29" door unless you can lower the back height. If it's a recliner sofa, the backs usually come off. If not, are there removable back cushions or rear legs that are available on this model? I would like to see the back height about 33" or lower for this doorway. I am also assuming that it will be a straight shot for the sofa carry.

Let me know your thoughts. The 28" arm height makes it more difficult the higher the back is. Send me a picture of the sofa if you have a link. Some sofas can have their backs compressed but it will need several inches.


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QUESTION: Here's a link with a good picture:

If I take the legs off, the floor-to-arm height will be 25". Does that make a difference?

Hi Sue,

Thank you for including the website as well as a picture. If the legs are removed.......especially the rear ones, it will give enough room to make the angling possible. I noticed that the back cushions are attached but they are several inches higher than the frame back. This means that they can be compressed as they go through the doorway. With the legs off and compressing the back cushions, you should be in good shape.

All in all based on the above info and a straight shot in, there should be no major difficulties.

Let me know if I can help you further.



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