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Hi Harry,

I have a very narrow doorway - it's a sliding glass door that opens to about 23.5 inches. If I took the door off the tracks I could get up to 26.6 inches. It is a straight shot through the door, with no bends to consider.

I am hoping to get a real couch through the doorway (NOT a futon!). This one looks promising because of the low profile sides. . As you can see, it measures 73"L x 34"D x 35"H.  I am assuming the legs can be removed.

Do you think there is a chance it will fit if the legs will come off this couch? If not, do you know of an example type of couch that would fit? I cannot find anything other than foldable couches such as futons, which are out of the question.

Thanks in advance,


Hello Dawn,

Thanks for sending me the link to the sofa. If the legs are removable (especially the rear ones) and you are sure the door can be removed and give you the 26.6" opening, this sofa can be maneuvered through. However, the description does say this = "All measurements are approximate + or - 2".

That could be a problem if the height measurement is higher than quoted.

I am also including a couple of web sites for "READY TO ASSEMBLE" sofas. These are very good quality and are made for the smallest doorways. It will also give you variety.

Let me know if I can help you further......"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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