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How do you work out if a sofa will fit through doors?

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Linnet Mon 05-Oct-09 00:26:01

I'm going to order some new sofa's and a chair. The website says to check that they will fit through doorways before ordering but I can't for the life of me figure out how to do that.
I know that when it's delivered it will be turned and twisted to fit through doors but how am I supposed to work out if they will be able to do that? The width, height and depth measurements of the chair are all bigger than the width of the living room door, I haven't checked the front door yet.

Does anyone know how to work it out? I'd hate to order them then have the delivery guys not be able to get them into the house.

OmicronPersei8yourbrain Mon 05-Oct-09 01:00:03

Try asking here.

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Mon 05-Oct-09 10:01:37

When ours was delivered, they brought it in standing up on its end - so the most important measurement was the length of the sofa vs height of the door, which was the one thing I hadn't measured! But luckily they could take the arm off so it fitted. Also either the base or the back had to fit through the door width-wards.

Check whether yours can have bits taken off too if it looks like it might not fit.

Linnet Mon 05-Oct-09 11:53:10

well the base and the back are both bigger widthways than our living room door.

I think I must be measuring something wrong though because this is a small sofa and chair as we don't have a big living room. I've been measuring other sofa's and trying them and none of them seem to fit through any of our doors, that just can't be right! This chair is wider than the chair we have just now but not by much.

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Mon 05-Oct-09 12:48:29

Well actually thinking back it doesn't need to go "flat" through the door (i.e. flat sofa back or base iyswim) - you may be able to take it through angled, so that the corner of the sofa back/bottom is at one side of the doorframe and the front of the sofa at the other side (is that really confusing?). So if you were looking from the top, with sofa standing on its end, it would look almost like a triangle shape going through the doorway. That might be a shorter measurement than the flat back or base.

It does sound like it might be tight though, so maybe you would be best asking the sofa company for advice or to help you check it?

Or worst case, do what I did once when I had a similar problem with some other furniture - get all the measurements, get a big sheet of cardboard (e.g. flattened-out box), and draw/cut out the shape of the end of the sofa (assuming it will be stood on end), and see if you can fit the cutout through the door while keeping it flat. Then you just need to measure the sofa length as well to make sure it won't be too high for the door.

OmicronPersei8yourbrain Mon 05-Oct-09 12:51:34

Check out my link above! I was in a rush when I posted last night, but you just give this guy your doorway and sofa dimensions, he tells you if it's possible and how to do it. And it's free too.

Linnet Mon 05-Oct-09 16:26:19

I phoned the shop where we're going to get the sofa from and the lady there said that it would fit as it fits through standard sized doors because it's one of the smaller models. It's only a two seat sofa, so standing on it's end it will fit through the door quite easily heightwise if it's on it's end, I think it may need to be jiggled/twisted to get it through.

I've also posted a message to that site you linked me to Omicron, thanks for that.

My dh keeps saying just order it and stop worrying but it will be due for delivery the week before christmas and I'd hate for it to arrive and not fit and then be left with no furniture over Christmas.

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