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My wife and I are currently looking at purchasing a sectional to put down in our recently finished basement.  The one sectional that we've liked the most is the Axis sectional from Crate & Barrel (

The overall width of our basement staircase is 40".  On the stairs located above the landing there is a hand rail which reduces the width for that portion of the staircase to 37".  The landing is a perfect 40" x 40" and the ceiling height is 6'6" (78").

Below is a run down on the individual pieces' dimensions for this collection:

Axis Corner Sectional ( 43"W x 43"D x 32"H.

Axis Armless Loveseat ( 63"W x 43"D x 32"H

Axis Sectional Chaise ( 36"W x 67"D x 32"H

Axis Arm Sofa ( 70"W x 43"D x 32"H

Now, the only piece that appears like it would fit without much hassle is the CHAISE since it has two sides that would work within the 40" at the landing.

However, the other pieces all have me worried since the depth on them is 43".  We are having a hard time seeing how that would fit down the landing which is only 40".  Is there some way these pieces could be angled which would allow for us to turn them at the landing so we could swing the 32" side?

I hope this makes sense, I've include a picture as well that may or may not help.


ANSWER: Hi Greg,

I think you are going to be ok with the set but I need to know if it will be moved through a doorway and if so, what is the door opening width?  I also need to know if it is a solid wall all the way down the stairs to the landing or is it a open stairway / railing?

Let me know and we can go from there.



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Top of Stairs
Top of Stairs  

Bottom of Stairs
Bottom of Stairs  

The only doorway it will be moved through will be that of our front door to the house which has a 35" width.  There is no doorway at the top or bottom of the stairs to the basement.

It is a solid wall all the way down the stairs to the landing.  Attached are a few photos.

Thanks for taking the time to review our question.


Hi Greg,

Great pictures, thanks!  I do believe that you are going to be in good shape with the delivery. The one saving grace on the longer sofa is that it has one arm. That end will go down the stairs first and will be able to be wrapped around the turn without having an arm in the way. As it is wrapped around that turn, the sofa can be stood more vertically as it is inched around the corner. I will tell you that the walls may get a bit smudged from being a tight area but there should not be anything of major concerns. The corner section may actually be more of a tightness problem than the other pieces because of its 90 degree angled back.

All in all you should be ok as long as the delivery people are experienced.

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



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