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Hi Mikayel

I'd be grateful for your expertise!

I'm looking to buy a sofa bed for my new house boat but may be chasing an impossible dream in terms of fitting it thru the doors.

I have two options for entry - the front and back doors:

Option 1 - Back Door. The doorway itself is large but a narrow corridor leads from here. The height of the corridor is 187cm. The width is 58cm (if door is removed), gradually reducing to 43cm at the top section (please refer to attached photos).

Option 2 - Front Door. The front door consists of a stairway on a curve, which is not full in height as you step down into the boat. The most restricted height is 120cm, as you pass from the first to the second step. The width at its narrowest is 57cm. Directly above the first step the hatch can be removed so there is no height restriction.

I have attached images of both of these options.

I am interested in the following four sofas which I will list from the largest to the smallest:

- Bayfield 4 seater chaise sofa bed - delivered in two sections:
  Section 1 = W160 x D91 x H91cm       Section 2 = W80 x D180 x H91cm

- Tidworth 4 seater chaise sofa bed - delivered in two sections:
  Section 1 = W158 x D96 x H77cm   Section 2 = W79 x D180 x H77cm

- Downton 3 seater sofa bed: W181 x D96 x H77cm

- Atworth 3 seater sofa bed: W174 x D90 x H78cm

If you think it might be possible to turn and/or twist any of these dimensions so that they may get thru either of the two entrances, I'd be most grateful if you could let me know.

I have confirmed with the delivery men that they will deliver to the boat, it just depends on the dimensions.

Many many thanks!!

I hope I will be able to help :)

To be 100% certain all measurements of the sofa should be less than what the measurements of the clearance, however facts such as shape of the sofa, arms and back that will allow sofa to be tilted and or passed through the door diagonally makes a big difference.

According to your measurements they do not look too promising, but same time not as mission impossible - depends on the shape of the sofa.

Generally for any item to fit to any box or through the door or into the space, size of such item (measurements) should be less.
However things that are shaped for example sofa that has arms and legs allows ability to first pass through the corner of the arm or the legs making remaining frame that have possibly smaller measurements to pass through and adding on top of the ability to move it diagonally or tiled which for some items can be less than its outer straight line measurements.

You ask me any of those may need to be disassembled and assembled inside or you have to buy something modular like ikea some pieces come apart and bolt on arms back seats etc.

If you like the sofa it will get inside :). My suggestion will be let the delivery company deliver it and try it, hopefully will fit, in case if it did not fit there are companies who can disassemble and assemble it for you. One of the best companies I would suggest is "All Furniture Services" they very professional, they work 24/7 they do not charge extra for same day service and almost always they can send you someone right away. I'm not sure how much exactly they charge but it is very affordable and considering work I would say cheap. Their web: tel.: 1 718-268-2727, 1-646-688-4026
Good luck to you!

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Mikayel Aslanyan


Furniture Repair, Antique Restoration, Disassembly, Assembly, Sofa / Couch Take apart,Refinishing, upholstery, take apart, Moving Damages, Insurance Claims, Sofa Couch Disassembling, Leather Vinyl dyeing


17 years in business as well as own furniture repair companies in NY NJ CT MD VA DC PA IL CA


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Rated # 1 Service Company in NYC metro area, Winner of 2010 Angie's List Super Service Award and Thumbtack Elite Service Award, Recognition for All Furniture Repair & Disassembling Services as Best of Citysearch, 2006 Audience Winner in Home Repair Category, Award of Best of Flushing 2008, 2009 & 2010 in Furniture Repair & Refinishing by US Local Business Association, Multiple Publications including New York Magazine, New York Interior Magazine, Time Out New York, Spotlights on Univision News, NBC News, etc. Awarded Certificate of ISO 9001:2000 Standard.

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