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Moving Furniture/Fitting a sofa through a doorway


Sofa pic!
Sofa pic!  
I feel guilty asking you this, it feels a bit cheeky!! But thank you in advance...

We found a great deal on Ebay and with only a minute to go grabbed a bargain on two sofas. They measure 217x90x90cm and 155x90x90cm.  The doorway is 196x72cm.  It sounds impossible, but with twisting and turning, can it be done? I have tried and failed to do the math myself I'm afraid! Both chairs have legs that look in the picture to be about 15cm long.  The seller has not got back to me yet about whether they are detachable, but we are prepared to saw them off if necessary!!  The cushions also look as though they are removable.

Thanks ever so much for your advice!

Kate x

Hello Kate,

Thanks for sending a picture of the sofa. I am going to base my answer on the sofa having a straight shot all the way through the doorway and to the final room location. You need to lower the sofa height AT LEAST 12 cm! Even more would be better. If the back cushions aren't removable, you will need to compress them AS IT GOES THROUGH THE DOORWAY. It doesn't look like the legs are removable. If you decide to saw them off.........ONLY DO THE "REAR" LEGS! Those are the ones that cause the problems. Between working with the back cushions and the rear leg removable (if needed), the sofas should fit through the doorway. The sofa needs to be lifted and tilted over at a 45 degree angle so that the "backside" of the back is facing slightly up and the front of the sofa is facing towards the floor. As the first end enters the door opening it needs to be raised as high as possible in the door frame. The other end needs to be kept close to the floor. As the first end of the sofa gets through, it will need to stay raised high until the other end is through. This maneuvering should do it.

Let me know if I can help you further.



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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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