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Hallway In Question from the living room (where couch is going)
Hallway In Question fr  
Hello!  I need to buy a couch and before I do I want to make sure I can actually fit it into my apartment.  It needs to come through the front door and down a tiny hallway.  

The sofa:
Width-84 | Depth-39 | Height-42
Arm Height-25 | Seat Height-18

My front door is 31.25" wide and 79" tall.  Then the hallway is 32.25" wide.  And there's an arched doorway leading from the hallway into the living room where the couch is going that is 28.5" wide.

My feeling is this couch won't fit, but was hoping for professional confirmation!

Also, given the dimensions of this hallway, if you have an suggestions as to the dimensions of a couch that WOULD fit, or things I should keep in mind, I'd appreciate it.  

Thanks very much!!!

Hello Amy,

Unfortunately, this sofa doesn't have a chance maneuvering through those narrow dimensions. The 32" wide hallway and the 28" arched doorway are going to be the key factors. Based on a "standard" style sofa, you will need to keep the length LESS than 78". The height measurement should be LOWER than 31".You can get a sofa with more height as long as it has back cushions and "rear" legs that can be removed to get the final height down. The depth measurement should be 38" or LESS.

Let me know if I can help you further or if you want me to clarify anything.

Thank you,


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