How to Shift a Sofa

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Topic by EdwardThirlwall posted 01-20-2014 04:44 AM 3809 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2014 04:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: move moving furniture sofa tip

Before moving to a new house, you face a number of decisions – from clearing your current place, looking for movers to moving and settling to the new house. You get preoccupied with these things that you often forget some important and, oftentimes, challenging details. One of these is moving your big and bulky pieces of furniture, especially the sofa or lounge suite. Most likely you have given it a lot of thought whether to discard it and buy a new one, put it in storage or bring it with you. If you have chosen the latter, you will face two pressing issues in shifting a sofa or lounge suite.

There are number of challenges you could face, but the two biggest problems when it comes to moving a lounge suite in or out of a house is fitting it through doorways and negotiating tight corners. Looking at your sofa and the tight door, you are bewildered how the delivery personnel fit it in. Did they shrink or it got tele-transported? It is a real challenge that only these delivery personnel can figure out. One of the things that you need to inform your movers are the number of items that you have, especially the bulky items, and the dimensions of the sofa and the door. It also helps if you can take photos and send these across to them. This way, they are able to plan on how to fit it through the door and arrange it in the storage container.

If you have decided to just discard the old pieces of furniture (you still need to do the measuring of these items for the movers to bring it to a recycling place), you are then planning to buy new items. Before buying a new sofa, make sure you measure it and compare it to the dimensions of your door. Even if it seems like it may not fit, remember you can turn it slightly sideways to gain some extra space. Share the dimensions of entranceways with the sales personnel so that they could inform their delivery people to plan on the delivery packaging (this will protect the sofa and your current place) and on how to fit this through. Measuring big and bulky pieces of furniture will also help you plan your current space when it comes to arrangement and design.

You will also need to measure the length of your sofa to make sure you can get it around any tight corners. If you have a very small entranceway in your home or apartment, then you can still get away with buying a decently sized lounge. Just measure the space from the floor to the top of your doorway, as you can then compare this to your chair length and stand it on its end to get it inside.

If you are still having trouble moving a sofa, out then remember sometimes you can remove the legs for extra room. But before you do that, check it out first and ask the sales personnel. Else, you might end up spoiling your sofa.

-- Edward Thirlwall: http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/sydney/

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06-24-2014 09:15 AM

I totally agree that bulky items are so difficult to manoeuvre! But for the smaller items, packing boxes are really a Godsend. It’s just important to make sure that the moving boxes are padded properly too because much like the big items, they can also get damaged in the move.

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07-23-2014 07:33 AM

To safe your valuable items use packing box and add foam allover the goods. And pick a good packer and mover who can take care of you items. and for you valuable sofa give it a strong packing with foam which save it. and can far from damage.


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10-27-2014 03:06 PM

It could be a huge drama with that bulky items! Once I saw my neighbors to break down the door to put the couch because they had forgotten to measure the size of the door. Smaller items are not a problem but of course, you should be careful :)

-- Liam, London, http://www.fusioncleaners.co.uk/

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11-04-2014 02:09 PM

When it comes to moving big valuable furniture, it’s better not to do it on your own. Calling a professional removalists will save you a lot of time and efforts.

Adam Barnett, Melbourne, http://strongmove.com.au/furniture-removals/

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11-12-2014 11:44 AM

Thank you for this useful article, Edward!

I am going to move in new house soon and the sofa that I chose is a little bit bigger for the door :( I have to find another one.

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08-12-2016 06:13 PM

One way to get a sofa/lounge through a door is by tilting it so it is on its two front feet so that the the base makes almost 45 degrees with the floor. In other words try to make it lean forwards so its width could become somewhat just less than the door and then just slide it out. Hope it helps.

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