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Hi Harry,
We are ordering a new sofa, and I'm worried that it won't fit into the house.
The sofa dimensions are H36'' x W82'' x D37'' & the chair H36'' x W49'' x D37''.
The door opening is H78'' x W30''.
Many thanks

Hello Vicky,

Thanks for the measurements in inches. It all depends on the style of the sofa. If it is a "standard" style where the back is higher than the arms, it has a chance but the height should be lowered. Are there rear legs that can be removed? Are there detachable back cushions that will bring the height down? I would like to see the back height at 34" or lower. The same questions go for the chair too. If you can send me a link to the pieces I can get a better idea.

If it is the type of sofa where the back and arms are the same height..........IT WILL NOT FIT THROUGH unless the height can be lowered to BELOW 30". If you can get the height lowered to below 34" on the "standard" sofa and should be ok.

Let me know if you have any further info. Also, I am basing my answer on a straight shot into the house.

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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