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QUESTION: Hi Harry,

Wondering if you can help. I'm wanting to buy a 3 seat sofa, and It is a lot larger than our door, and I'm hoping to see if you think we can get it in the room?
The couch: http://www.freedom.com.au/furniture/sofas/leather-sofas/23112247/hermitage-3-sea

is 242 x 98 x 81cm,
converted to inches: 95.3" x 37.4" x 31.9"
w x h x d.

Our door is 30" wide and 76.7" high. Our ceiling is probably 50" higher than the top of the door.

Is it possible to get it in the room?

Kind regards,
Ni

ANSWER: Hello Nila,

Thank you for converting the measurements to inches. If the 37.4" is the height of the sofa, it is going to be very tight to maneuver it through. It it is possible to flip it upside down and angle it through in that position. It will still be tight but would be a possibility if the delivery people are experienced. If the height is 31.9", it would be able to be angled through without any major difficulty. If the rear legs are removable it would be a big plus and make things a lot easier. I am basing my answer on a straight shot through with no major obstacles.

All in all, it is possible but could be pretty tight. I would like to see the height lowered AT LEAST 4" to make the angling manageable. If the "rear" legs could be removed and the top of the back cushions be compressed it would make a huge difference.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have any further info.

HAPPY NEW YEAR,

Harry

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QUESTION: Hi Harry,

The 37.4" is the hight of the sofa. I re-measured the width of the door, and it is actually 31.1" I think that the rear legs can be removed, however it is quite a solid couch and an unsure if the cushions can be compressed that much. I will check with the furniture company.

Thank you for all your help, and Happy New Year to you too!

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Hello Nila,

Thanks for clearing the height question up for me. You would really need to lower that height measurement to allow for angling. If the "rear" legs are removable and if they are several inches............it would work.

Keep me posted,

Harry

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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.

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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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