What happens if a new sofa doesn't fit through the front door?

(48 Posts)
Phoenix Sun 01-Mar-09 21:19:44

Starting to worry now. It's coming on Wednesday.

squeaver Sun 01-Mar-09 21:21:02

Do you have sash windows?

Can you take the front door off its hinges?

Can you go in the back door (if it's bigger?)

You'll be amazed what these delivery guys can do.

SueW Sun 01-Mar-09 21:21:30

At my brother;'s house they removed the windows(double glazing, the units can be popped out of the frames)

NorbertDentressangle Sun 01-Mar-09 21:22:25

Do you have better access through the back -eg.patio doors?

We had to take the front door off the hinges in our old house -we just needed an extra couple of cms.

It was an incredibly narrow front door and hallway though (Victorian terrace).

Shitemum Sun 01-Mar-09 21:22:26

why didnt you measure your door first?

ABetaDad Sun 01-Mar-09 21:26:22

They turn it vertical on its end and put the top of the back of the seat in first and then turn it so slightly so the seat goes through. Imagine threading an 'L' shape through a narrow gap.

They will get it in - I promise. grin

where is it coming from, which company i mean

IotasCat Sun 01-Mar-09 21:28:50

I had to abandon a sofa once because it wouldn't go through the door and up the stairs to my flat

Phoenix Sun 01-Mar-09 21:29:38

We did measure the door.

Our old sofa went out easy enough stood on its end and twisted a bit. The height of the sofa on its end should fit but it is slightly wider so a little worried it won't bend round as easy.

No other door but have a big (non opening) window so popping the glass out would be the only option if it won't go in.

frasersmummy Sun 01-Mar-09 21:34:53

some delivery guys are better than others

we had a nightmare with a suite in our old house. They brought 2 seater in front door.. damaged the paint work, broke the panic button which set the alarm off and it wouldnt stop. We had to unscrew part of our bannister. We told them to bring 3 seater in the back door and they smashed the door on the way in.

All this from a well known name

The funniest thing was when we moved out the removers picked both up and carried them out the front door without thinking twice about it

Onlyaphase Sun 01-Mar-09 21:34:54

We bought a sofa once before we moved to a new house and didn't measure the doors first. We panicked before the sofa turned up and tried to cancel the order.....the shop wouldn't let us. We ended up writing a letter saying we were sorry but the sofa wouldn't fit through the door, no access round the back (Victorian terrace) and we couldn't use the sash window into the room as it was on the first floor and there was a tree in the way as well. After much debate we were allowed to order a different sofa that would fit into the house.

I've been much more careful since then....I have enormous sofas now but they come to bits in order to be moved.

preggersplayspop Sun 01-Mar-09 21:43:45

I bought a sofa once from Sofa Worshop. They had a measuring service where you paid them 30 quid or something to come round and check the access first. When they made the sofa they forgot to factor in that it was a sofa bed and it was now 10 cm too wide and wouldn't fit through the door.

The delivery guys were about to leave the sofa in the street until I kicked up a massive fuss. I still had to wait an hour while they sent another team of guys over who popped my sash windows out and hoisted the sofa up into the first floor (it was a flat). Thank god I wasn't higher up.

When I sold the flat I knew I couldn't get the sofa out and had to leave it there. I loved that sofa as well <sob>.

If I hadn't had the access check though, they would have just left me with a sofa in the street. I always play it safe now!

SpaceTrain Sun 01-Mar-09 22:04:37

My friend orderedher sofas from M&S. When one of them wouldn't fit through the door they took it back, replaced it with a smaller one (2 seater as opposed to the 3 seater) and re-delivered. All for no extra cost. (And refunded the price difference between the two sofas).

Qally Sun 01-Mar-09 22:13:55

My Sofa Workshop sofa on paper didn't fit in the house, I was freaking out and feeling stupider than I can describe. But the delivery men were amazing. I swear they bent the laws of physics. They managed to turn it at the weirdest angle and somehow squeeze it in and around, after taking 2 inch feet off. It's comfy as anything and I am so glad we chose it, nightmare as it was.

How the hell we'll ever get it OUT is another matter, though.

Phoenix Sun 01-Mar-09 22:26:37

Thanks for all replies. I hope i'm worrying about nothing and we'll get fantastic delivery men who can get it in

The only other thing is it's not coming from a sofa company it's from Argos.

Mspontipine Mon 02-Mar-09 23:01:19


Mspontipine Tue 03-Mar-09 13:06:55

No Friends fans out there???

georgiemum Tue 03-Mar-09 13:13:50

Take off legs
Take off arms

Your delivery guys will be professionals! Ours had to go back to the shop to be pulled apart and remade (!!!)

Phoenix Tue 03-Mar-09 13:16:11

Don't think they'll be proffesionals from Argos though hmm

pud1 Tue 03-Mar-09 13:17:02

i had same problem and they sent a bloke out to take off arms and reattach when in the house

ChopsTheDuck Tue 03-Mar-09 13:20:06

grin at mspontipine

I got ours in a very tiny gap by standing it on it's end and swivelling it in, like AbetaDad says. Scuffed all one side of it though.

ThePellyandMe Tue 03-Mar-09 13:23:20

We had sofas from M&S and had considered the bigger ones as they would have fitted in the room but the delivery guys who were fab said because of the layout they wouldn't have got bigger ones past the stairs and into the lounge.

My brother had to get his in by emptying the garage so the guys could take it through to the back of the house and in the back door.

Good luck.

idobelieveinfairies Tue 03-Mar-09 13:29:31

We had to take our sash window out and hire a crane for ours (dp friend is crane man so didn't have to pay full amount).

Not sure when company delivers them though.

Phoenix Tue 03-Mar-09 13:41:35

I seriously think it'll have to be the window coming pane out. The height of the door is only just as high as the sofa, according to the measurments in the catalogue. This is the sofa.

Fimbo Tue 03-Mar-09 13:47:28

It looks like you can prise the feet off so that will lower it a bit, plus the seat cushions will not be on it, they could also take off the cover, it's amazing what 1/2inch or so will do.

It will fit!

SausageRoleModel Tue 03-Mar-09 13:48:55

make sure they try a variety of angles - some deliverymen are quite dense about pivoting. also if doors off hinges and its still not getting through you can get an exrtra inch by crowbarring off the door jamb/surround. it should actually be a very quick job for a builder to nail back on and touch up paint,

midnightexpress Tue 03-Mar-09 13:53:31

Ah. I once had a tiny top floor flat in a VIctorian conversion and had three sofas delivered before I got one that would fit through the door.

First was from Habitat and they took it back (butonly because iI'd oredered it in a standard fabric; had it been a custom one they wouldn't have accepted it). The one from Sofa Workshop (I think) whch also didn't fit - they took that back too and made me one with detachable arms instead, gawd bless 'em. It's all to do with your angles, not just the size of the door - mine involved a narrow doorway and a turn in the stairs at the same spot and it just wasn't happening.

When the second one was taken away I sat down (on the floor) and cried.

When the third one came, I sat on it and laughed uproariously at the Friends sofa episode, which came out at about the same. time.

Phoenix Tue 03-Mar-09 14:05:00

The front door goes straight into the living room so that is the only hurdle.

Flightattendant27 Tue 03-Mar-09 14:10:00

Slight hijack here. Does anyone know how exactly you are meant to take the arms off? I've just sold mine and am worried as it only just fitted in through the living room door, and the people coming to take it away aren't professional couriers I don't think, so scared they'll not manage it.

It's a Habitat one and the shop told me the arms do come off...just not sure how!

mogs0 Tue 03-Mar-09 15:22:56

I ordered an L-shaped one from JL. I had loads of problems with them delivering it. When they finally turned up with it it got stuck in my flat door. I had measured the gap before hand but because of the way my door and the door to another flat were positioned there wasn't room for them to turn it to go up the stairs. I was very blush and sad. It went back and I got a full refund.

I found a company that makes flat packed sofas and ordered a lovely one. I've had it 3 years and it looks as good as it did the day I got it (and was a fration of the price of the JL one!!).

Qally Wed 04-Mar-09 00:35:26

Did it fit, Phoenix? <Crosses fingers>

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 09:20:33

It's coming today between 12 and 6pm.

georgiemum Wed 04-Mar-09 11:26:26

chainsaw at the ready?

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:09:13

Yay just heard from Dh and its in, phew. Panic over nothing it took them less than 5 mins. I've took ds to soft play out of the way .

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:09:16

Yay just heard from Dh and its in, phew. Panic over nothing it took them less than 5 mins. I've took ds to soft play out of the way .

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:09:20

Yay just heard from Dh and its in, phew. Panic over nothing it took them less than 5 mins. I've took ds to soft play out of the way .

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:09:23

Yay just heard from Dh and its in, phew. Panic over nothing it took them less than 5 mins. I've took ds to soft play out of the way .

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:09:30

Yay just heard from Dh and its in, phew. Panic over nothing it took them less than 5 mins. I've took ds to soft play out of the way .

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:09:33

Yay just heard from Dh and its in, phew. Panic over nothing it took them less than 5 mins. I've took ds to soft play out of the way .

southeastastra Wed 04-Mar-09 12:10:10


Fimbo Wed 04-Mar-09 12:12:29

I guess you are very happy Phoenix! LOL grin

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:12:34

Why does my phone post so many times? blush

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:12:37

Why does my phone post so many times? blush

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:12:41

Why does my phone post so many times? blush

Phoenix Wed 04-Mar-09 12:12:48

Why does my phone post so many times? blush

southeastastra Wed 04-Mar-09 12:17:07

dunno grin probably costing you lots of money too

Qally Thu 05-Mar-09 23:52:08

Oh fab! That's good news.

Chrisbrice Sun 03-Feb-13 09:21:54

Hi people, just had the same problem last week, I found a compony call GSH Upholstery they got mine in my house, had 4 people look and they all walked away before these.. Good and very cheep pricing! There web address is www.gshupholstery.co.uk. Hope this helps.

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