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Hi Harry...

Thinking about buying this sofa

We have a small porchway from our front door, with another door leading into our living room area (see attached pic).

The exterior door opens outwards and is approx 27.5" x 75"
The interior door opens inwards and is approx 28" x 78"
The porch is 31.5" long x 33" wide and has a height of 97"

Will the sofa have any chance of getting through?

Many thanks

Hello Neil,

Thank you for giving the measurements in inches. The 89cm sofa height is too much for those doorways. However, It appears that the back cushions are about 10cm higher than the frame back. The back cushions need to be compressed down to the frame back so that the sofa can be angled through. If they are easily pliable, it won't be much of a problem. If they a fairly stiff, it will be difficult. You don't want the leather to rub against the door frames and cause material damage. The ideal height of a "standard" style sofa should be 30" (76cm) or less for those doorways. You could check to see if the rear legs are removable. That may give and extra couple of cm.

All in all, without getting the height down, it will be pretty tight going in.

Let me know your thoughts AND thank you for the doorway photos.



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