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How to make sure it fits, without having a fit!

The Chesterfield Shop
Published on March 1, 2024

How exciting! You’ve decided on your new sofa or sectional and now to be sure it will fit beautifully in your home.

Determine the ‘path’ the furniture will take from the delivery truck to its final destination inside of your home, condo or apartment. Measure the height and width of every doorway, wall opening, hallway, staircase, stairwell overhang/ceiling height and elevator opening, interior height and opposite wall distance.

With over 7 decades of experience in delivering sofas, we can tell you that most of our pieces should fit in any place where we can stand it on its end.

Here’s a simple formula you can use to figure out whether or not there is sufficient diagonal clearance to do so:

  1. Multiply the length in inches, by itself. for example, 84” x 84”
  2. Multiply depth or height (whichever is greater) by itself. for example, 34” x 34”
  3. Add these 2 numbers together and then find the square root by the pressing the square root symbol ( √ ) on your calculator. Round this off to a whole number.
  4. Now add 2” to this number, this is the minimum number of inches in ceiling, height, needed to stand your sofa on end.

Therefore, 93” is the minimum ceiling height needed to stand your sofa on end and fit it into your home.

Our Expert Tips!

  • Use newspaper or piece of paper to lay out the size of your sofa or sectional you’ll better visualize the size and fit in the intended area
  • Measure the width of the staircase at its narrowest point and remember to take into account any handrails, moldings, bulkheads or light fixtures. If this distance is wider than the height of your sofa then it should fit.
  • If you’re still in doubt; The Chesterfield Shop offers a Complimentary Check-Measure Service (at no additional cost to measure for you)

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