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Hi Harry:

I'm thinking of purchasing a sofa (image attached) the dimensions listed on the vendor's site are: 89.5" W x 33" D x 38" H. I've contacted the vendor and the quoted 38"H is with the legs on. All of the legs can be removed, and they have informed me that the height without the legs is 29". In addition, all of the pillows can be removed. The vendor's warehouse did not provide the arm height measurement;however, based on the picture the arms are definitely lower than the back height, which means less than 29" without the legs.

The door we have to get it through has an opening of 30 1/4" and height of 77". Unfortunately, I do not think the door can be taken off the hinges (quirky old house). There is a screen door on one side, which will restrict the opening some (~29 1/4") but it appears newer, so if it's ok with the landlord I may be able to remove it. Once it's through the door it's an open floor plan, so there are no other obstacles. Assuming the vendor gave me the correct measurements without the legs, do you think it would work? Also, do think it will work if the screen door cannot be removed?

Please let me know if you need any other information. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Hello Logan,

Thanks for sending the picture of the sofa. I don't see any major difficulties getting this through the doorway. The height can be lowered enough to make the maneuvering very manageable. You DO NOT have to remove the screen door or the main door. The back of the sofa should be protected with pads so as not to snag on anything on the frame as it goes through.

All in all you should be ok

Keep me posted,


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Moving your furniture. I would like to answer all questions dealing with the proper techniques of how to move ANY type of furniture, including difficult doorways and stairways. Also, all questions dealing with the proper packing of breakables including antiques. All general questions concerning the moving and storage industry will be answered. I cannot recommend a particular mover in a person`s neighborhood but i can explain how to obtain a company in good standing with the community. I have been in the moving and storage industry for almost four decades! I am located in Massachusetts.


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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