Sofa and Couch Disassembly

“How to Fit a Big Sofa through a Door?” (Part I )

Getting a big sofa in or out of a small door

If you have decided to move yourself there are a few things that you need to know, and one of the most important is how to fit a large sofa through a small door.  It can be challenging and sometime frustrating, but with a little patience and a bit of advice (that I will give you now) even the novice can get that sofa out (or in) the door.

Steps to take for fitting a sofa through a door:

First you will need at least 2 tools, including a tape measure and a moving pad (or a large, heavy-duty comforter or blanket). The tape measure is to measure the sofa and also any doors that it needs to pass through. The pad is to safely and easily slide the sofa across the floor if you need to.

Keep in mind that if you are moving OUT of a house any furniture, including sofas, which are already in there, had to go through the doors.  If it got in it can get out!

Begin by measuring the doors that will need to be passed.  If they aren’t big enough one quick thing you can do is remove the door from its hinges and set it aside.  (In extreme cases you can always carefully remove the molding from the door, but this is a LOT of work and can damage the frame.)

Sofa still won’t go through?

Taking any feet off of the sofa will help too, and having a bunch of people with big muscles is a good idea. If the sofa won’t go through straight, as in 1 person on each end, then you may have to stand it on its end and slide it through (thus the need for the blanket).  Lay the blanket, folded, on the floor and place the sofa standing up on one end. With one person stabilizing the sofa another can pull the other end of the blanket slowly and safely through the door.

Remember to take your time, be careful, and use angles to your advantage.  Try several ways and don’t force anything.  If the sofa is overstuffed you can also use a blanket to cover it and carefully force it through without damaging the fabric or the door.  Good luck!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

DD April 11, 2012 at

Thanks so much for this blog. It has been very helpful. I’m trying to get my husband and a few of his pals to help out.


DD April 11, 2012 at

It shouldn’t be too hard with the instructions you’ve provided above.


Jack Martin Jr April 16, 2012 at

I think its a great idea.
Good to know about creative people!


kimberly Jenkins April 18, 2012 at

I definitely need this service I would love to get me one of those beautiful Restoration Hardware sofas but I know for sure its not gonna fit through my door.Does anyone know if these guys come to Jersey?


Sofa and Couch Disassembly April 23, 2012 at

Yes , they serve in all tri states area.
give them a call 1-888-8DRSOFA


Kevin Martin April 18, 2012 at

Wow, real interesting ! This blog actually helped me in several ways. I dont have to throw my sofa away and i will save a huge amount of bucks, Perfect ! Thank You so much !


Kat November 3, 2012 at

Our movers finally decided to just haul it up using ropes from the balcony!!


internal doors essex June 6, 2013 at

Sometimes you do have to take the door down of its hinges to get that little bit of extra space which sometimes can make all the difference.


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