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Hi there,

I have really been struggling to know what I could consider buying, as my doors are SO small!  I am so happy to have found your page, you seem like the world's leading expert for these questions!

The sofa I am looking at is 36.22 inches deep, 32.28 inches high, and 85.82 inches long (I converted all measurements from cm).

My door is 28 inches wide, and 75.98 inches tall.

Thank you so very much in advance, for your kind time and thoughts with this!!

Gratefully yours in advance,


Hello Anna,

Thank you for converting the measurements to inches for me as well as including the sofa photo. This particular sofa is going to be to tight to get through that doorway. If all the legs were removable it would have a good chance. On any sofa that you look at, the arm height MUST BE LOWER than 28" (71.12 cms). This is the lowest that the arm height can become with or without the legs. From the photo I cannot tell if those are attached cushions or detached ones.
The best style sofa for that narrow doorway is the type where the back is higher than the arms. The back height should be LOWER than (78.74 cms), The arm height MUST BE LOWER than 28" (71.12 cms). You can get a sofa with a much higher back as long as the back cushions and/or rear legs are removable to bring the back height down. The depth can be around 37" (93.98 cms).

If you are looking at a sofa style where the back and arms are all the same height, that measurement MUST BE LOWER than 28" (71.12 cms).

I am basing my answers on having a straight carry for the sofa with no major turns or obstacles.

Let me know your thoughts and if I can help you further or clarify anything.



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I have almost four decades of experience in the moving & storage industry. When I was a small boy my father introduced me into the moving business and I have been hooked ever since. At first I started out as a young laborer untill I was old enough to drive a furniture van. As time went on I drove 18-wheelers around the country moving small shipments as well as large corporate relocations. I was taught the old school methods by men that were craftsman in their field. I learned how to pack the most delicate of breakables as well as museum pieces. It was common practice to do estimates and even the actual ratings on interstate jobs. Doing commercial moves were a big part of my moving career over the years. Some of the big names that I delt with were "GE","MICROSOFT","FIDELITY INVESTMENTS" AND "AMERICAN EXPRESS". As the years went by my family retired and sold the business (not my choice). I went on to establish my own moving company which ran for 12 years before I phased out the physical moving itself. Today I have developed a consulting service where I advise future furniture buyers as well as people moving for the first time on what to expect from their upcoming adventure. Furniture buyers are advised on what size furniture will fit through their narrow doorways and tight hallways. By choosing furniture with the right dimensions will narrow down the probability of the furniture being returned back to the store. That is not a scenario people want after waiting 8-12 weeks for their new furniture. I can also help people to understand the proper procedures of a first time move in their lives. I tell them what is to be expected,how they can save money,how to choose a good mover and what is involved with getting the packing done.

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