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Hi there!

We are planning on buying the Aico Leather/Fabric Windsor court sofa that has a dimension of 86x39x39. The wood is solid around the top of the back and the feet are not removable. Our main door is the standard 80x36. The space leading to the door is wide open and the space inside likewise is pretty open, with ceiling at 2-storey high. The question, of course, is will it fit through the door? And how should we maneuver it without damaging the door and the sofa?

Hello Alan,

Very nice sofa!  It is possible to get this through. A 36" doorway is a very generous opening. The sofa back top will need to be protected with blankets that are securely in place. You don't want them moving along the back as the sofa goes through he doorway. The sofa needs to be tilted over at a 45 degree angle so that the backside of the back is slightly facing up and the front of the sofa is slightly facing the floor. As the first end enters the door frame it must be raised high in the door frame as it is kept tilted over at a 45 degree angle. The other end can be placed on a double folded blanket on the floor. As the first end makes it through it must be kept raised high until the other end can be brought through. If there are 3-4 legs along the back of the sofa, it will take more precise angling to get by the legs but it will go through.

Let me know if you need me to clarify anything. I do believe this can be done but will need protection on the leather where it comes in contact with the door frame.



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