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we are about to buy a lovely new sofa ( to go into our living room, but I woke up last night wondering if we could fit it in.  

The dimensions of the sofa are W246 x D94 x H76cm, boxed it is W248 x D92 x H70cm (no feet), will this fit through a door W74, H196cm.  The door is off our hallway which is 110cm wide (to the staircase) see photos.

Thanks for any advice.


ANSWER: Hello Jess,

Thank you for sending the picture and sofa link. The first thing you will need is a ceiling height of about 261.62 cm to allow for tipping room. It is possible to make this work but it will be close. The length of the sofa has me a little worried compared to the height of the doorway as well as the banister. The sofa will be on end and brought into the doorway from the bottom. At the same time it will lean back on to the railing. The main problem is that when it is in this position, it could jam up between the top of the door frame and the stairway. One thing for sure is that the legs will need to be off the sofa to fit through that doorway. There is no big difference weather it is boxed or not because the measurements are almost the same. If the same sofa was a lot shorter such as being LESS than 213 cm, it would have a more maneuvering advantage.

All in all I think it is possible but as I said it will be very close.

Let me know if you have any further info to add.



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thanks for the reply, our ceiling height is only 255cm, does this mean its a no go?

We are really keen on having a nice big sofa, do you have any guidance on what the max dimensions we could look at are?

thankyou very much for all your advise, you may have just saved us return charges.


Hi Jess,

The 255 cm ceiling height won't be enough to allow for tipping room and if it did, it would be right against the ceiling. If you want to go with the same style of sofa, I would keep the length at LESS than 223.52 cm. The depth should be LESS than 96.52 cm and the finalized height should be LOWER than 73.66 cm.

Is there any chance of using a window in that room. I am assuming you are on the first floor and the sofa could be brought straight in. If it could be done this way, you could have any length sofa.

Let me know your thoughts and if I can help you further.



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