Notes on Moving Antique Couches and Sofas, or handcrafted couches and sofas with wood frames:
Moving an antique couch or sofa can be nerve-wracking, especially if it is an expensive collector’s item, a family heirloom, or both! The NYC Couch Doctor knows that you are very concerned about your furniture and we know exactly what to look for when it comes to taking apart older, fragile wooden pieces that could split or crack.
We handle this type of furniture on a daily basis and we can anticipate the possibilities. Experience provides the New York Couch Doctor team with many bracing and cushioning techniques we have use as preventative measure when making furniture fit through tight spaces, that can be applies to moving your designer, antique and heirloom furniture. In cases where there is no other solution but furniture surgery, our experts in finishing and restoration can restore the look and appearance back to the original quality! That includes re-stitching to repairing old and new tears, reweaving or re-finishing of the exterior finished wood parts of some antique sofas, as well as bracing and strengthening the interior framework. We use high quality finish and fabric in our repairs.
Yes, you can call the New York Couch Doctor for onsite repairs of your expensive sofa or couch.
Couch, Sofa, Divan, Chesterfield, Sectional… what’s in a name?
Names don’t matter to us at the New York Couch Doctor – we take apart any furniture and make it fit through tough spaces.
But sometimes while disassembling a couch or taking apart a sofa, we pause mid-surgery to think about what’s in a name.
I think of it this way… if you can fit the whole family on it, it’s a sofa or a chesterfield, but if it’s just for couples, it’s a couch. However, as those of you in the New York City and other Metropolitan Areas with narrow, 27inch door frames and 29″ doorways know, it can be impossible to fit a couch or a sofa through many tricky New York City stairways and walkups with crazy narrow hallway angles.
Brownstones are a big cause of couch emergencies with their spiral staircases, narrow staircase and narrow hallways. Brooklyn, Hoboken, Park Slope, Carol Gardens, Jersey City, Weehawken, Prospect Park, Harlem and many other neighborhoods are homes to brownstone buildings and apartments that make moving couches and sofas quite difficult, even from room to room, within one’s own home. The New York Couch Doctor has a solution to your couch and sofa moving dilemma – we can make your furniture fit. Do not hesitate to call us with furniture emergencies at 516 328-8234 – 24 hours.
You watch movies like “Scarface” and wish you could own that furniture, but it would never fit through your apartment door. Well, YOU THOUGHT WRONG! The couch WILL FIT if you call in a couch surgeon. Just look at the happy patient all ready to go for the Super Bowl, the Oscars, movie night, or some other unnamed decadence.
Dining Room Set
Large dining room sets can be very hard to move with narrow and twisting stairways and doorways. The New York Couch Doctor is a superior moving solution when your regular movers cannot fit your oversized furniture out of or into your new home or apartment.
Last year we moved a dining room table into Manhattan loft that was 22 feet long. It was not the doorways that made this difficult, it was the small size of the freight elevator and the client did not wish to hoist through the window, so they call the New York Couch Doctor and we made the table fit into the elevator and reassembled the magnificent dining room table, good as new, in the spectacular downtown NYC loft!
It went in, it didn’t come out – the elevator was impassible. The building called The NY Couch Doctor who rushed over and was able to remove and reassemble the chair without a scratch, and save Apartment 3A from the wrath of the building.
So you inherited Uncle Allistaire’s Massive Dining Room Table, but you live in a Minimal Manhattan Apartment? What do you do?
Call the New York Couch Doctor or make an appointment online. We can take apart and reassemble your family heirlooms anywhere in the tri-state area.
Sofa won’t fit through apartment door! How many times has this happened to you that you are literally in a Friend’s or Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency situation, where your couch or sofa is stuck in the stairway. How did it get there in the first place? The New York Couch Doctor has a solution to this humorous situation that is not so humorous with your neighbors blocked from the stairwell!
Couch Doctor 1, East Village 6 Floor Walkup 0. This case involved moving and taking apart a huge Armoire Wardrobe and reassembling the Armoire in the new apartment which had very narrow hallways, vertical clearance and narrow 29 inch door frames.