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QUESTION: We're considering purchasing a sofa that is 92" long, 37" high and 41" deep. I believe the cushions are removable. I've asked the manufacturer if the legs are removable and how high they are.  From the picture on the manufacturer's site, I'm guessing they're about 3" high.

The sofa is for our basement rec room which is six steps straight down from the main level with a 30" jog to the left before the rec room door.  The rec room door is 29" wide and 78" high. The ceiling on either side of the door is 86" high.

We currently have an 89" sofa (36" high and 38" depth) with 5" removable legs that the delivery guys were able to get through the door 12 years ago. I assume they removed the legs before moving the old sofa but I don't recall. We'll be ordering the new sofa from the same furniture store.

Is it likely that the new 92" sofa can fit through the door?

ANSWER: Hello Dave,

When removing the legs on a sofa, the rear ones are the key. So hopefully the rear ones on the new sofa will come off. It depends on how much trouble they had getting the old sofa through that door. If it was a real squeeze, the new sofa could be a problem. I would like to see a sofa height of 33" maximum when dealing with a 29" doorway. The larger depth on the new sofa causes the height measurement to be tighter going through the doorway. If you can get the height lowered to about 32", you should be ok. If for some reason the sofa has to be stood on end, the ceiling height would need to be about 98". The sofa you have down there now is close in measurement but it only takes an inch or two to make all the difference. If the sofa doesn't have to be stood on end, the length really doesn't matter as far as the doorway goes. It all comes down to lowering that sofa height. The lower the better!

Let me know what you think and if you have any further info.



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QUESTION: Thanks very much, Harry. This is very helpful. There is another model which we are considering which is 94" long, 42" deep and 33" high with the legs on. Presumably if the legs are removable on that model, we should be OK even if the legs are only two or three inches high. Does that make sense?

Hi Dave,

As long as you don't have to stand the sofa on end, this other sofa sounds good. If those rear legs are removable, you should be good to go! It will still fit through the doorway at 33" but will take a little more work than if it was 30"H.

Keep me posted................HAPPY NEW YEAR


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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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