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My doorway is approximately 84" tall, 31" wide (give or take an inch).

Will a couch that is 90" long x 38" deep x 40" deep fit?  These are the manufacturer's dimensions.  When I measured, if I push the cushion down, the height is closer to 34".  The couch also has 4 feet which I don't think can be removed, but without the feet the height would be 31".

If it will fit, how much clearance will I have in case my dimensions are a little off?

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Hello Mike,

The 40" sofa height is going to be a real squeeze! If you can get it down to the 34" mark, you should be alright with angling it through. The problem is getting the cushions compressed at the same time it is being angled through. If there is too much pressure against the door frame it could cause damage to the leather. Without the feet (especially the rear ones), it would go through the doorway very easily. I think if you can get the top compressed down to that 34" height you should be ok but like I said, most likely on the tight side.

Let me know what you think.



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