I Don’t Think It’s Going To Fit

No one wants to hear this while they’re moving. Not to say there is ever a particularly good time to hear it, but it is especially bad when it comes to getting curiously-sized furniture into a new house. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes unavoidable. Especially with couches. If there’s something that won’t fit through a doorway or a tight hallway, the couch is the usual suspect.


The square peg in the round hole is a fairly apt description for the sorts of situations that can arise with oversized furniture. Oversized queen boxsprings, massive wicker couches, extra large kegerators: it happens— especially if you’re moving into an old house, of which there are many in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Sometimes, the whole problem can be fixed with simple disassembly. Maybe you can pop the door off that kegerator and it will slide through whatever tiny space you are trying get into. But while anything can be disassembled, not everything can be reassembled (we’re looking at you, giant wicker couch!)


Neoteric Salome Modern Outdoor Wicker DayBed. Whatever that means, exactly. Photo Courtesy of Houzz
Neoteric Salome Modern Outdoor Wicker DayBed. Whatever that means, exactly.
Photo Courtesy of Houzz

Sometimes, the problem lies in jutting feet that are easily unscrewed. Just twist those babies off and you’re good to go. On the other hand, sometimes you take the feet off and the couch still won’t go through. Maybe the back is too tall. Or perhaps the frame is curved in such a way that it’s just too wide at the center to fit through the doorway, or around a corner.

If it still won’t go, it’s time to get creative. Think outside the box.

On rare occasions, your house might have a larger door on the second floor, or a balcony that bypasses a sharply turning hallway. It might still be possible to bring it in from another entrance, even if it’s an unorthodox option.

Your next best bet is to reconsider your furniture arrangement. Sometimes even if it isn’t possible to get a piece of furniture  Maybe that couch would go nicely in the living room even if it doesn’t fit down the basement stairs.

If it absolutely needs to get in somewhere, you can always make it happen.

But if machetes aren’t your thing, and you just can’t find a place that you think it’ll fit, you might have to consider getting rid of it.

The nice part about not being able to fit furniture into your house is that it might be a desirable piece. If you can bear to part with it, you can donate it to a worthy cause: the Salvation Army and Goodwill both accept furniture in some locations (the Salvation Army even has a website that will tell you how much tax value you can deduct for various pieces of furniture that you’ve donated, which you can find here.)

You could also find another charitable organization: there are a variety of places that accept furniture, with different stated goals and missions. Alternatively, you can sell your oversized furniture on Craigslist.

Here at CMM, we also offer a haul-away service.  If you have something that you know isn’t going to fit in your new home, or even if you find out during the heat of the moment, we can take care of it for you.