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I just spent a small fortune on a sectional couch for my childrens play room upstairs... the small piece of the sectional measures 82 inches in H and 32 inches W. My door way measures 80 inches H and 31 inches W without the door being on. The problem is like I said this is upstairs down a hall and there is no turn space available. The hallway measures 13-14 ft long and 41 inches W. And this is the small piece of the sectional.... Do you have any suggestions on how I maybe able to get it to fit? PLEASE HELP!!!!

Hello Aisling,

I think you have the H and W measurements mixed up. I am surmising that the 32" is the sofa height and the 82" is the length. You didn't say what the depth was but it really isn't going to matter that much because with a 41" hallway width, there won't be any maneuvering space. If the 32" was the would have a chance. With a narrow hallway, a sofa needs to be lower than the door frame height so that it can be "turned" into the doorway. I am also assuming that the sofa is a "standard" style where the back is higher than the arms. Unfortunately there is no maneuvering that will get it in as it stands on end. Is there any other way into the room such as a big window or porch? The only other option might be a "sofa-disassembly service". If there isn't anything like that in your area, you could check with an upholsterer. You said that this is the small piece.............anything larger would never have a chance.

Let me know if you have any further information on measurements or even photos of the set and hall entry area. You could think about removing the entire door frame (by a carpenter) and this could give you more than 82" in height but it wouldn't work for the bigger pieces.

Keep me posted,


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