Nothing ruins a moving day faster than standing outside your new house in the rain while your furniture gets wet, because it will not fit through the door. What is even better is standing on a busy downtown sidewalk because it will not even get through the main door to get up to your loft. Do not assume that just because something fits through the door of your current home that there will be no problem at your future home. Here’s how you can ensure a smooth move of your furniture, even if there’s a door in the  way!

Measure the Door Ahead of Time

Obviously, the easiest way to avoid being in this undesirable situation is to measure ahead of time. It is a simple task yet many people neglect to do it. Keep in mind that you also need to measure hallways, elevators, and stairways, especially those with railings. This will tell you ahead of time if you need to sell those larger pieces. You may also want to just donate them and take the tax write off.

Try the Furniture at Different Angles

If you know a piece should fit based on measurements that you took, then maybe you just need to try maneuvering it through the door at a different angle. It is a soft couch or chair that can squeeze through, be careful not to rip the fabric on the door. Some pieces may need to be slowly fit through on an angle. Watch your fingers and take your time. If you rush you could end up with a long scratch in that wood coffee table from the door jam.

Remove Pieces

If there are legs they should be removed. Sometimes even little rubber leg covers on the bottom of something can make a difference. If it is a large bookcase, take the entire thing apart. Had you measured first you would have known that bookcase would not fit, and you would have already taken it apart. If you are dealing with a dresser or something similar, sometimes the handles simply need to be removed.

Remove the Door and Frame

If you kept a few tools in your “open first” box then you can always remove the door from the hinges. If you just need a hair more space remove the entire frame. This will give you about another half inch, which could be the difference between leaving a piece by the curb or not. Do not be intimidated by this. Door frames are quite easy to put back on. Just make sure you put all the hardware somewhere safe.


Before you grab a rope, bungee cords, and a few buddies to hoist your extra-large TV up through the balcony window on the second floor you should know this is definitely not a good idea. One very important bit of moving advice is that hoisting should only be done by professionals. You can destroy the item and damage the balcony. Not to mention, if it falls, it could seriously injure someone in its path. Hoisting is usually done using a crane and an experienced operator. Trying to rig a set up will likely leave you very full of regret.