Before you order that beautiful piece of furniture
Making Sure Your Furniture Will Fit
Here is a quick guide that explains the process so you can be sure you’re not missing a detail that could cause you frustration when your furniture is delivered:
Step 1: Note the dimensions of your piece.
You can find detailed dimensions, including the three most important measurements—width, depth and height—on each product profile.
It’s important to note that sectionals are delivered in individual pieces so be sure to use individual component measurements listed under the full dimensions section to calculate the sectional’s overall measurements.
Step 2: Note all dimensions of the pathway to delivery.
Determine the best pathway from the outside to where the piece will live, particularly if you have gates or screened doors through which the furniture must fit. This includes stairwells of apartment buildings and elevators, as they may pose obstacles when the piece is delivered.
Measure the height and width of all doorways and hallways. The width of the entryway must exceed the piece’s depth OR height. If the entryway clearance exceeds the piece’s width, then you can move it in horizontally. If the entryway clearance is less than the piece’s width, then it could be brought in vertically but only if the entryway height exceeds the piece’s width.
Please note: The height on all pieces of upholstery can be reduced by removal of attached legs or bases. Subtract leg height from overall sofa height to determine the lowest possible height on the piece of furniture.
For narrow entryways and corners, also measure the total clearance length between the outside and interior walls to make sure a piece will turn any tight corners.
Delivery will not be possible if either of these facts hold true:
- The piece’s width exceeds both the entryway clearance AND entryway height.
- The entryway’s width is less than the piece’s depth and height, even with legs or base removed.
Step 3: Consider all decorative elements in the room.
When measuring, you should account for light fixtures that may make manipulating the piece into place impossible. Make sure and note all decorative moldings such as jutting baseboards, wainscoting and chair rails if you are within several inches of a perfect fit.
Be sure to take traffic patterns into consideration if the piece of furniture will extend into the room where people will be walking.