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I have purchased a couch (83 inches long, 25 inches high in the back (minus feet and pillows), and 37.5 inches deep) and I need to bring it into my apartment.  Sadly there is a corner in the hall between the elevator and here so the couch was taken back today.  We may try to do the stairs with it (4 stories) but I want to be sure it will fit.  The hallway is 59 inches wide and only 81 inches high.   I know I cannot stand the couch up on end and will need to angle it in with the back of the couch parallel to the floor.  I am worried about that angle.  Once in I think it will be a (mostly) clear shot to the living room.  Its a sleeper so.....too bad we didn't get it right the first time.

Hello Marika,

I don't think you will have a lot of luck unless you can stand the sofa on end. You would need a ceiling height of approx. 89". In order to work with an 81" high ceiling, you would need a sofa length of LESS than 76"! You can send me photos of the area in question if you want but I am pretty sure you need the ceiling height to make it work. The back height is perfect. Unfortunately not so for the length.

Let me know if you have anymore info to add.

Keep me posted,


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