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How to Fit a Sofa Through a Small Door

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What’s one of the challenges you faced the last time you were moving into your house? Most people will likely talk about how they struggled to fit a sofa through a small door. What are your options in such a situation? We all know how difficult that can be. So, let’s find out how to fit a sofa through a small door?

How to Fit A Sofa Through A Small Door

The tips and tricks we discuss below are also applicable to other oversized furniture like wardrobes, desks, dressers, and home appliances like your refrigerator.

Step #1: Get the Required Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Driver bits
  • Cordless drill
  • Nail or a sharp object
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Pry bar
  • Utility knife
  • Lifting straps
  • Large towel
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Notepad
  • Pen

Step #2: Remove Extras

Do away with throw pillows, cushions, and even legs if possible. 

Step #3: Measure the Sofa Dimensions

Use a measuring tape to get the outer dimensions of the sofa and write them down for future reference. 

To avoid error, especially a negative one, here are some tips:

  • Measure the height while at the back of the sofa. Then, measure the distance between the floor and its highest point.
  • The width measurement should be the distance between one arm and the opposite one.
  • Measure the depth from the front of the sofa to its back.
A yellow measuring tape

Step #4: Measure the Door Dimensions

Measure its width and height using a measuring tape and also jolt them in the notepad.

Step #5: Compare the Two Measurements

It helps you determine the best way of positioning your sofa. 

For example, if its width is below 80 inches, it is possible to enter it vertically. After all, the typical height of the door is usually 80 inches.

On the other hand, if its depth or height is 29 inches or below, it is possible to enter it horizontally. 

This is because the width of most doors ranges from 29.25 inches to 35 inches.

Step #6: Remove Your Door

Although this is not applicable for all types of doors, it creates more space for your big sofa to fit through your small door. 

  • Use a sharp object such as a nail to tap the hinge pins out and do it from the bottom, going upward.
  • Pull every pin out.
  • Take the door off the hinges by shifting it sideways.

If you cannot move the door, then the measurement of the door should be the distance between the doorstop and its closest edge. 

The measurement should be taken when the door is opened to the maximum.

Step #7: Remove the Hinges and Doorstops

This is not mandatory unless the sofa still needs more space despite removing the door.

Whereas removing the doorstop leads to an additional quarter-inch increase in width, and removing the hinges ensures that they don’t damage your sofa.

When removing the hinges and the screws, use a cordless drill coupled with driver bits.

Doorway entrance to living room

Step #8: Move the Sofa Horizontally or Vertically

At this stage, you will need assistance.

The movers should wear work gloves and lift the sofa by its frame. Lifting straps come in if it is too heavy.

If moving it vertically is possible, put a large towel under it to protect the sofa fabric. Then, slide it toward the door before moving it through the opening straight. 

Alternatively, move it in a hooking motion whereby the seat or its back enters first.

As for horizontal, just carry it straight while maintaining a level position.

Step #9: Move the Sofa Diagonally

If step 8 fails, try moving it diagonally. 

  • Pick the sofa from both ends.
  • Tilt it forward at an angle of 45 degrees.
  • Let the first mover hook the leading arm around the door.
  • Let the rest of the sofa follow while moving in a corkscrew motion.

Here’s a video guide with tips and hacks to move a sofa through a small door. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the average weight of a sofa?

On average, a small sofa weighs about 100 pounds. However, some, including midsize couches and sleeper sofas, can weigh up to 350 pounds, if not more.

That’s why it is recommended that you find strong people to assist you with the move. Logically, it is something you can’t do alone.

What are the various nuisances when moving a sofa?

Some parts of the seat, including its back, arms, and legs, can make it hard to fit a sofa through a small door. 

Equally important, the door, hinges, and door post can cause trouble. Fortunately, some, including doors, hinges, doorposts, and legs, are removable.


Even when it seems complicated, this guide will help you fit a sofa through a small door. 

Please don’t remove the legs unless they are removable. Keep in mind preventive measures such as using a large towel, removing hinges, and wearing work gloves.

Last but not least, look for the right people for the job. They should be able to withstand the weight of your sofa.