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sofa won't fit upstairs in town house. Help please.

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  1. Jules

    Jules Active Member

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    We've just moved in to a town house, and the first floor living area is accessed by a narrow twisting staircase with a low ceiling.

    No amount of twisting and shuffling gets us anywhere near fitting the large sofa through the staircase.

    There is a patio style door on the first floor leading on to a very small balcony, and if we could hoist the sofa up outside, it would get through the patio door no problem.

    But how do we get it up there?
    How much would it cost to hire a scissor lift of some description?
    Can you hire a scissor lift easily or do you need some sort of licence?
    How much would it likely cost?

    If it was up to me, I'd seriously consider selling the sofa and getting a smaller one, but it's not mine and at the moment that option isn't on the list of possibilities.

    Thanks.
  2. darkcloud2011

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    Surely they only thing that can be done is selling the sofa?

    What else is there putter a smaller staircase in lol

    Time to sell really
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  3. MartinMiller

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    Probably better to take off the hessian on the base and unbolt the arms, get it upstairs then put it all back together. That's what in had to do!

    Martin
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  4. Jules

    Jules Active Member

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    Already done that. Still no where near fitting.
  5. signs

    signs Well-Known Member

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    Should have bought a setee ;)
  6. broona

    broona Moderator

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    You could try reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency...
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    Mr_Wistles Active Member

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    The two sofas in my front room were too large to make it through the gap due to an unusual placement of our cupboard under the stairs.

    You can have an upholsterer take the sofa apart outside, pass it through a window (mine came in through a 1ft wide opening) and then reconstruct it with no loss of strength to the sofa.

    If you live in Essex I have a number for you. If not give your local DFS / Furniture Village etc.. a call. I paid the person who did ours around £120.
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    Badger0-0 Well-Known Member

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    You can probably hire a scissorlift no problem.
    But the cost is mostly in the delivery/pick up, which will be a fortune, hence not worth it.
    Forget that option, imo.
  9. unique

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    can't you throw down ropes from the balcony, tie them to the sofa and pull it up, with someone downstairs helping?

    my friend had a similar problem, he ended up getting a crane to lift it up 2 or 3 flights through the window
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    Any shops nearby with a forklift? Just stand on the forks and get him to raise you and the sofa up.......







    make sure to wear a hi-vis jacket though in case you fall off. :)
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    +1 ...............
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    Put a ladder or a couple of ladders against the balcony then rope it up on the ladders.

    Needs a few people to help and make sure no one stands on the bottom of the ladder :)
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    I had the same problem when i lived in a first floor flat, but got the sofa in quitre easily in the end with 2 ladders and 4 men.

    I leant the 2 ladders at an angle to the window, leant the sofa on end up against the ladders, 2 men pushed it up the ladders as high as they could and the other 2 men hauled it up and over into the roon.

    Took 10 minutes and 4 cups of tea:)
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    the exact samething happened to me last week.

    moved into a 4 bed townhouse, garage on ground floor so living room upstairs.

    in the living room we have double doors but no balcony, just a black rail. we reversed the truck so it was level below the bottom of the rail and passed the sofa up to the two guys standing on the van. they then turned in upside down and passed it through the double doors to me and someone else.

    is was tight but we did it :thumbsup:

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    Have a look underneath, mine had several bolts that could be undone. It came apart into three pieces. The two sides and the main chair.
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    When we bought our new Sofa's recently from "Furniture Village" they stated that they had a tame upholsterer who for about £100 would disassemble/reassemble as necessary to get the units through tight spaces. Can't tell you how effective this is because we didn't need to use this service in the end.


    Graham.
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    PIVOT! PIVOT! PIVOT!

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  18. reiteration

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    yes, I would do it this way too...and video it - so if it does fail you can then try and get 250 quid back from YBF... :)
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    Remember when we moved into a town house.My dad was on the balcony and my uncle just passed it up to him.Then we realised it wouldn't fit through the patio doors :laugh:

    Those were the days when you could just lift the doors off,so it did finaly get in.

    I know realise why dad never bought a new sofa for the 15 years that we lived there :D
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    Hmmm?

    What you need, IMHO, is 'AllExperts.com (Moving Furniture - Questions/Answers Section)'.

    It's a bit 'Chicago biased', but that shouldn't really be a problem. Well, when compared to the one you've already got. ;)

    Moving Furniture - Questions and Answers from August 05, 2011 to October 08, 2011

    Let's hope you get the answer from there. If not, it's a crane or a crane or maybe even a crane, or maybe dismantling or whatever..........

    :)
  22. dan yeates

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    Seems easy enough!





  23. Solar

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    Could have been worse, he could have had a couch ;)
  24. KeithO

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    Did exactly the same when a mate of mine moved house a few years ago. Dead easy
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