So, you’ve purchased a custom couch, and even after all the careful measuring it just won’t fit in your door.
Ya, this is basically your worst nightmare. Custom anything can be really scary to order, because most retailers won’t take the item back, or if they do, they charge a 25% restocking fee.
This nightmare happened to one of my clients back in December. After considering numerous options we decided to seek the help of a furniture doctor.
A what now?
A furniture doctor! Basically these guys will deconstruct your couch (aka cut it in half) so it can fit through your door way, and then they put it right back together in your home. Crazy, right?
I honestly had no idea what to expect, so, I put my Michael Moore hat on and decided to document it. So here it is homies, “Deconstructing a Couch with Dr. Martin”, a very important documentary you don’t want to miss. It’s kinda long, but I promise it’s worth the watch.
To help you stop the lonely tears from falling, I’ve put together some tips on how to find your own furniture doctor!
1. Find someone in your area who does couch deconstruction. This should be easy enough, try googling furniture doctor, couch deconstruction, couch disassembly, sofa deconstruction, sofa disassembly or maybe just cute Scottish man that saws couches in half. That sort of thing.
Another option is to do what I did, which was post in a local Facebook group asking if anyone has used a service like this, and wait for a referral.
2. Have the couch delivered to a space that is large enough to be deconstructed. If the weather was nice, we probably could have done this outside my clients home, but given it was the dead of winter we used my garage. The key is to ensure the space is large and somewhat clean. If you have no space like this you could try calling the retailers warehouse to see if they’ll allow you to use their space.
3. If you’re deconstructing off-site secure a vehicle to transport the deconstructed couch to the final destination. I was lucky enough to use Dr. Martin’s van, but you can rent a U-Haul or a local delivery service.
4. Have a sense of humour about it. Yes, the whole thing is a pain, but things can always be worse, and best case scenario, you’ve got a funny “documentary” to look back on and laugh about.
5. Ensure you have pump up music…
I don’t know about you, but I’m pumped up and ready to cut some couches in half!