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I have a set of couches (sofa, loveseat, chair), the largest being 82 inches wide, all are 35 inches deep and 34 inches high (without legs but with plastic and cardboard packaging, probably could lose about an extra half inch all around if I removed packaging but if I remove there's no chance of return). The backrest cushion area is non removable and not very flexible up top.

My largest available doorway is 30-31 inches wide and 80 inches tall. I am only moving it a short distance from this doorway, and there is some room to maneuver on either side of the doorway. The ceilings are high once you get inside. The only issue is getting it through the door.

The delivery men gave up after one attempt to enter straight ahead, but now I am reading about the possibility of bringing it in vertically. Will this be possible? Thanks!

Hello Jin,

The 34" sofa height is possible if this is a standard style sofa (arms higher than arms). It will be snug and may bind because of the plastic but I feel it can get through. You can't take it through vertically if the sofa is higher than the door frame. It would need to be about 2" lower to maneuver. However, there is an angling trick that might work for you. I am assuming that the sofa will have a straight shot through the doorway.

With 2 people the sofa needs to be lifted and angled over at a 45 degree angle so that the backside of the back is slightly facing up and the front of the sofa is facing slightly to the floor. As the FIRST end enters the door frame, it will need to be lifted as high as possible in the door frame and the other end needs to be near or on the floor. The sofa must be kept on a 45 degree tilt during the maneuvering. It will be snug but should get through. As the first end gets through it needs to be raised higher until the other end gets in.

If this is a sofa style where the arms and back are the "SAME" height, IT WILL NOT FIT.

Let me know if I can help you further.



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