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Hello Harry,

We are buying a second hand sofa but I am worried that it won't fit through very narrow doors and hallway/stairs of our first floor flat.

It is a leather sofa dimensions 79" wide, 36" deep and 32" high (31" with back cushions squashed down). It's a standard sofa with height from floor to the arm approx 22". The cushions and feet don't seem to come off.

Our front door is 26.5" wide by 76.5" through to a narrow hallway 31" wide leading straight upstairs. The door to the living room is 25" wide by 74" high.

Do you think the sofa can be manouvered to fit through, is it doable?

Thanks.

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Hello Rebecca,

If you can get the height down to 31", it has a chance with the front door but it will be a squeeze. I am more worried about the living room door with it being 25" wide. I have my doubts on that one. I would like to see the height on a "standard" style sofa to be LESS than 28" for a 25" doorway.

Thank you for converting the measurements to inches.aLL in all I feel it is just to high for those narrow doors especially the 25 inch doorway.

Let me know if I can help you further........"HAPPY NEW YEAR"!

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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