Moving is never easy, especially if you are trying to move yourself. It gets even more complicated if you are moving into a small apartment or condo or a building with an elevator. One of the most challenging things to move can be your sofa—especially if it is a heavy, sleeper sofa. That said, with a lot of planning and measuring, and a little luck, you can successfully move your own sofa. We asked the experts at Cowboy Moving in Denver how to go about moving a couch. Here’s what they had to say.
Grab That Measuring Tape
Many forget to take the time to measure their sofa before a move. This can be a big mistake. You want to be sure you can get your sofa through small doorways, in an elevator and even around tight corners. Start by measuring the length, width and height of your sofa. If your sofa has legs that can’t be removed, be sure to include their height in the overall measurement of your couch. If the legs can be detached, take them off and then measure from the top of the couch to the bottom.
After you’ve taken the measurements, measure the opening of the door or doors you will be moving the couch through. Measure both the width and the height of each door because different doors often have different dimensions.
• If your sofa is both too wide and too tall for your door, the length of your sofa needs to be shorter than the door’s height in order for a successful more.
• If the back of the couch is taller than the width of your door, the sofa’s width will have to be narrower than the door’s width. You’ll be able to successfully slip the sofa through the doorway by turning it so the sofa’s back is facing the ceiling.
• Ideally, you should have at least a foot of space on either side of the doorway.
• If space is tight, you might consider removing the door for a little more room.
When It’s Time To Move Your Sofa
1. Remove all the cushions from your sofa. It will lighten the load and you won’t have cushions falling as you are trying to move.
2. Stand your sofa up on one end with the bottom of the sofa facing the doorway.
3. Situate your sofa so the back and bottom form a V.
4. Working with a helper, try to slide the sofa through the door, making sure the sofa’s seat is facing inside.
5. As you slide the sofa through the door, let it wrap around your doorway.
If you aren’t able to successfully move your sofa, or don’t want to mess with it, contact a professional mover like Cowboy Moving & Storage in Denver. Since 1968, the family-owned company has been helping Coloradans move to their perfect new home or place of business. Their team members are experienced movers, and most have been employees of the company for more than 10 years. They can determine just the right angles to get your sofa through a doorway or into an elevator. They do not use contract or day labor and all employees are screened for drugs and alcohol and background checked. You can trust your valuable possessions with Cowboy Moving & Storage. Call Cowboy Moving & Storage today at 303-789-2200.