Your couch or sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. We grow attached to them because we spend so much time in them, whether that’s alone enjoying our free time, or with friends and family. It’s the last thing you want to leave behind when you move, but it can be difficult to do. Until now!
How to Get a Couch or a Sofa Through a Door
Getting a couch or a sofa through a door is all about preparation and today we will help you do just that.
List of Tools
Before we get into the tips and tricks on how to move a couch or a sofa through a door without too much trouble, you will need to gather your tools. You’ll need:
- Measuring tape.
- Drill and driver bits.
- Sharp item, such as a nail.
- Safety glasses,
- Large blanket or towel.
- Lifting straps.
Measure Your Couch
The first thing you have to do is measure your couch or sofa to get the dimensions and note them down. To get the height, measure from the highest point of the couch’s back to the floor. To get the width, measure from one couch arm to the other. To get the depth, measure the couch from front to back. Use leading edges for reference to get the maximum size of the couch and you’ll be good to go.
Measure Your Openings
The next step is to map the route you’ll be taking to move the couch out of your home and measure all the openings you’ll be crossing. That includes doorways, hallways, stairwells or elevator doors, and everything else. Measure all the openings for height and width and note them down.
Compare Notes and Plan
The reason you’re noting everything down is that you need to plan things on paper. Once you have the measurements for your couch and all the openings, you can compare notes and visualize how to move the furniture without causing injury or damage. For example, if your couch’s width is less than 80 inches, it can be moved vertically through most openings because they’re usually 80 inches tall. If your couch is 29 inches tall or deep, you can move it horizontally through most openings because they usually have a width of 29 ¼ to 35 inches.
Remove the Doors
It’s a good idea to remove the doors inside the home because it will give you more room. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do and they’re lightweight too. To do this, take out the hinge pins of the doors with a sharp item by tapping upwards. Pull each one out and take the door off its hinges by shifting it sideways.
If you don’t want to do this or you feel it’s not necessary, make sure to measure the opening from the doorstop to the closest edge of the door while it’s open. You can also remove the doorstops and hinges, though this is optional. Removing the doorstops will give you half an inch of height and removing the hinges will give you half an inch of width.
Move Horizontally or Vertically
If you can move the couch vertically, the couch needs to stand on end and place a towel under it so the fabric doesn’t get damaged. Then, you want to slide the couch straight through the opening. If you can move the couch horizontally, just carry it straight out and keep it level.
If moving the couch horizontally or vertically doesn’t do the trick, you can move it diagonally. To do this, movers need to pick up each end of the couch and tilt it forward at a 45degree angle so that one of you can move the leading couch arm through the opening. The rest of the couch should be moved through in a corkscrew motion. Keep in mind this method requires strength and a lot of maneuvering, so it can be a challenge.
Break the Couch Down
Breaking down the couch makes things much easier, so safely remove all the parts you can. The pillows, throws, or covers can go in a bag, which makes them easier to move. Disassemble as much hardware as you can, such as the legs or the base; unscrew anything that can be unscrewed and keep the screws and the pieces in a bag or a container.
If your couch can be fully disassembled, do that and then carry the pieces individually. If it can’t be, then you’ll need at least an extra pair of hands. Once you’re done, wrap the sofa in a blanket or a towel and secure it with a rope so no damage is done during the move.
What If There Are Stairs in My Home?
If you have to move your couch through a stairwell, you need to measure the width and height of all the doorways and compare them with the measurements of the couch. Then, count the number of stairs, measure the room in the landings, and memorize the twists and turns. You also want to remove any obstructions in the stairwell. If you determine the couch won’t fit, then you’ll have to hire professional movers.
But if the couch does fit, each mover must stand on one end of the couch and lift it from the bottom. Someone else should also be there behind you to guide the way. Lift the couch from the bottom and walk slowly toward the doorway and start walking slowly down the stairs. Take one step at a time and tilt the couch if there’s a banister, it will work as support. This is best done slowly, so take your time and take breaks when necessary.
Moving a couch or a sofa to a new house can be a challenge because they’re too large for the openings. Not to mention some of them have protruding legs, arms, cushions, and more. However, with a little help, you’ll be able to do it successfully without damaging your furniture or losing your mind.