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Between a door frame and a hard place... [Oct. 23rd, 2005|02:22 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

There's no way I'm going to be able to fit a normal-sized couch or loveseat through my 27" doorway and up my bendy stairs, so I'm looking into Couch Alternatives (tm). I found these curved-arm and square-arm benches, which I could put big pillows on and use as a backless sofa, but they're only 49 inches long including the armrests -- a tight fit for more than one person, I would think. Then there's this loveseat, which is big enough for two, but I don't really want leather, plus it's a lot more expensive. I wish it came in fabric.

In the grown-up furniture category, we've got the Christopher Lowell Home Collection Tuxedo Flare Backless Settee, which I really dig, but which probably costs more than I can manage. And there's the Todd Oldham by La-Z-Boy Snap Sofa, which is awesome because the back and arms snap off for portability, but which might still be too big for the bendy stairs, plus which at $700 is out of my league. I've already hit up Jenn for ideas, but I need all the help I can get -- can anyone who's familiar with furniture and tight spaces help me out? purebugbeauty? meterbridge?

And, if it comes down to it, will that $200 Ikea couch fit up my stairs in the box, and will I be able to easily disassemble it later if I need to get it back down the stairs? Or will I not have to worry about that because it will have fallen apart by then, anyway?

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From: ler
2005-10-24 12:46 am (UTC)
futon? The frames disassemble very small, and the mattresses are bendy.
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[User Picture]From: meterbridge
2005-10-24 03:53 am (UTC)
Always, ALWAYS shop for furniture with a tape measure and a list of relevant measurements of your digs. Start with width of all doors, height of ceilings, height of staircases, diagonal measurements around corners Also, see if there is a convenient window you could use to bypass problematic doors. Measure doors from their narrowest point WITHOUT the door attached. You can always dismount and rehang a door...

Option B: Fly my ass out there after I get back from New Orleans, and I'll do my magic. :)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-10-24 04:16 pm (UTC)
The tape measure has been my best friend lately. You would be so proud.

Width and height are easy enough, but I'm not sure about "diagonal measurements around corners"...I think I see what you're getting at, but I don't know where to start and stop measuring.

Let v be a nonzero vector in 3-space... ;)

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[User Picture]From: purebugbeauty
2005-10-24 01:57 pm (UTC)
hmm. i think that despite their college-y-ness, a futon might be good for that space. it would be cheaper and you can drop a little extra cash to get exciting comfy pillows to mask it's futon-y-ness. i've done that "blank-y-ness" thing more than once now so i'll hush.

i really like pillows.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-10-24 04:00 pm (UTC)
OK, I have an admission to make: I've never done the futon thing, and I don't really know how it works. The frames disassemble easily, you say? I understand you can get non-dorm-y futons these days. I'll look into this.

Ooh, here's another one I really like: fold-up loveseat and matching chair.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-10-25 05:49 am (UTC)
This is great! Thank you!

I probably will end up getting at least one futon.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-10-24 08:05 pm (UTC)
Okay, I know I just eschewed dorminess, but look! Look at this! And it packs into a 30" x 24" x 15" box!

I'm never going to be a grown-up, am I?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-10-25 11:13 pm (UTC)
Further research would suggest that I'm not the only one who has this problem. Check out this furniture company in the UK -- they've got all kinds of stuff that looks fairly traditional but breaks down really small. I like that "fit through door, stairs, loft or attic" is in the title of the page, because that's precisely what I need! This 2-seater is about $500 American. Too bad they probably don't ship here, and if they did, the cost would probably be prohibitive. I emailed anyway, just to double-check.

If I had more money, I'd be all over this modular couch. But two corner components (to make a loveseat) would run me $1200. No, thanks.

Finally, there's this sectional -- I don't know what the components cost, but if the whole thing's $995, I bet I could get just two corner pieces for $695. I'll keep posting as I come across more ideas. This is fun!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-10-29 03:32 am (UTC)
I think I've found it.

I'm going to get a couple of these.
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