Won't Fit Through the Door? Here's What You Can Do

When you’re buying a new home in Nevada or any state, one of the first things on your to-do list is to organize moving your furniture. Suppose you own oversized pieces such as a large dresser, a supersized sofa, or a big dining table. In that case, you’ll probably be considering hiring professional movers who will get everything packed and moved to your new home with minimal stress.

Moving Your Furniture

Moving your furniture yourself might save you money, or there may be another particular reason why you want to move your furniture yourself. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that moving your huge dining table into your new home will be a piece of cake.

Loading and unloading large couches, dressers, and kitchen appliances onto a truck is hard work. Sometimes, an appliance or large piece of furniture is too large to go through the front door, and professional moving companies have plenty of strategies to cope with this issue. If you’re moving your furniture, here are a few expert tips and tricks to make sure your moving day goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Flip the Item Over

If you have an item such as a large cabinet that won’t go through a doorway, sometimes all you need to do is to reposition it. Turning it on its side or vertically allows you to approach the opening from a different angle. It helps to have three people, one to guide while two lift the furniture.

2. Squeeze It

Couches are bulky pieces of furniture, but they’re soft, so you can often squeeze them to fit through narrow doorways. Compressing the upholstery for a few seconds might suffice to let the couch slide through. Watch out to make sure you don’t crush your fingers. – wearing sturdy work gloves will not only protect your hands from injury but will also improve your grip.

3. Dismantle Larger Pieces of Furniture and Appliances

Taking the handles off a cabinet or the feet off a couch can sometimes help get it through a door, so keep your tool kit handy on moving day. If repositioning the piece doesn’t work, this strategy can be just what’s needed to give you that extra half-inch required to get the item through a narrow door.

4. Slide the Piece on Cardboard

Sliding a large or bulky piece of furniture can sometimes make it easier to get through the door. Place a piece of cardboard underneath it and push it instead of lifting to get it over a sticking point.

5. Remove the Door

Taking the door off its hinges gives you a fraction more space to maneuver a large piece of furniture. It’s pretty easy to remove a door. Grab a nail and position it on the pin in the middle of the hinge. Tap the nail sharply with a hammer, and the pin will slide out easily. Repeat this procedure for the other hinge, and you can remove the door.

6. Consider Other Exits

The front door is the passageway people think of first, but if it’s too narrow for the item to pass through easily, it’s worth considering other options. Is there sliding or French doors that could give you more space? And it’s worth measuring the door leading into the garage to see if it’s a little wider. Windows have sometimes been used to move oversized items such as pianos, but this is a high-risk option that’s best left to the professionals.

7. Take Out the Door Frame

If we’re honest, this is a pain in the butt to do, so we don’t recommend it unless there is no other way of moving the item. Cut through the caulk or paint around the doorframe using a craft knife after removing the door from its hinges.

Now gently wedge a screwdriver between the frame and the wall to pry it loose, working from the bottom up. Use a crowbar to remove the remaining frame. Finally, pull out any nails with pliers. If you need to, remove the door jamb in the same way.

8. Get Help From Professionals

If you’ve considered moving large furniture yourself and feel that it presents too many challenges, there’s no shame in getting expert help from professional movers. It’s not a question of giving up; it’s finding the best solution for your circumstances – and possibly avoiding injury or damage to your furniture or your property.

We hope you found this blog post Won’t Fit Through the Door? Here’s What You Can Do useful. Be sure to check out our post Moving Furniture – A Guide for more great tips!


Won't Fit Through the Door? Here's What You Can Do

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