Question: How do I get my sofa through the front door?
Moving a sofa or couch into a new space often requires a lot of wiggling and pushing and removing of doors. It's not easy to determine if a sofa will fit through a door or up a flight of stairs or into an elevator. Find out how to maneuver your sofa to make it fit.
There are two lengths that are most important: the sofa width and the height of the sofa's back (the back of the sofa when you're sitting down - measure from floor to top of back). Let's start there.
- Measure the dimensions of the sofa: height, width and length. If the sofa legs can be removed, it's best to remove them first. If they cannot be removed, then you need to measure the height with the legs attached, from the floor to the top of the sofa's back.
- Measure the dimensions of the opening, whether it's a door or stairwell or elevator door.
- If the sofa's back height is longer than the door's width, then the sofa's width will need to be narrower than the door's width.For example, a door's width is 40" and the sofa's width is 43" and the sofa back height is 38". This means you can turn the sofa so that the sofa's back is facing the ceiling.
- The sofa should slide through as long as the inside space will accommodate it (hallway or foyer).
- If both the width and the back height is too long for the width of the door, then you need to consider the sofa's length. Measure the length of the sofa and the height of the door opening. The sofa's length will need to be shorter than the door's height.Also check the entrance way to see how much room you have to maneuver - there should be at least a foot or more of space on either side of the doorway in order to shimmy the sofa through. If the inside space is a narrow hallway, the couch may not fit. You may also need to remove the door in order to gain some additional room.
- Stand the sofa on one end with the bottom, where the feet are, positioned to enter the doorway first. Now angle the sofa so the back and the bottom form a V. If you're behind the sofa, about to push it through the door, you should be looking at the sofa back and part of the bottom. The sofa's seat should be facing inside.
- With someone on the inside and someone on the outside, angle the sofa by sliding the seat through the door, letting the sofa curl around the doorway.
- If neither of these techniques work, then you can hire a professional to actually dismantle your sofa, move it, then reassemble it inside your home, including reupholstering it. It can be a little pricey, but I think it's completely worth it, especially if the sofa is a piece that you love.
Other Sofa Moving Tips
- Remove the legs if you can.
- Measure the sofa and the space before you move.
- If you're moving the sofa on a carpeted surface, place cardboard on the floor to make sliding easier.
- Remove all the cushions first.
- Hire professionals if you're unsure the sofa will fit.
- Make sure you have enough hands to help.