Lots of talk about stairs this week. I’ve been also wanting to write about how we got the sectional into the basement before Christmas.
I’m disappointed with myself that I haven’t been able to take great pictures once again but it was one of those projects that I concentrated on and wasn’t sure of the outcome. And we were also super nervous. So I only managed to take cellphone pictures while attempting this scary project.
But I hopefully can explain it good enough in words to show you what we did.
Let me start by refreshing your memory. Before Christmas I styled our new sectional in our living room (click HERE to see). First of all I wanted to see what it would look like in it and second I wanted to buy myself some time to figure out how to get it into our basement family room/man-cave. The width fit through the stairs, not around the corner and also not through the door frame. It took me about two weeks with the couch in the garage to gather enough information to make a decision on what to do with it.
I started by removing the dust cover to see what the modular pieces would look like inside and what I could do. It really looked intimidating and I investigated a different option.
I had once seen on TV how it was common in New York to hire a professional to take sofas apart to get them through doorways, narrow hallways and small apartment building stair cases and elevators. There are several companies that specialize in just that but I had found only one that also travels to the surrounding states for customers in need. It’s the NY Couch Doctor and I contacted him to see what the costs would be for my three corner pieces. The two middle sections fit perfectly and I was able to even carry them down myself.
I was told that the costs were roughly $350 for travel time and between $250-$400 per piece depending on the amount of disassembly required. So this could cost us anywhere between $1000-$1550 or more to get the pieces into the basement.
The NY Couch Doctor appears to do amazing work and can certainly be a huge help to people who can afford to hire him. We didn’t fall into that category.
So I contacted local upholstery shops to see if they could or would do this work. I was pretty much laughed at by everyone with “absolutely not” as a response. Then I had a shop owner who appeared interested and then just didn’t return my emails or calls anymore. I was ticked off to say the least because I feel like he could have at least told me that he changed his mind.
So after all that I went back into the garage to look at the sectional pieces knowing that I had only one option left before giving up and that was trying to tackle taking the pieces apart myself. If you’ve been following me for a while then you know I’m not entirely new to upholstery. Click HERE, HERE and HERE but even though I have a little experience this was a scary thought to say the least. It’s a brand new expensive piece of upholstery after all.
I kept playing it in my head over and over again about what I would and could do and one morning just had enough, went into the garage and started to remove the staples from the bottom of the first piece. I had decided to peel the fabric from the bottom up and then to cut the bottom half of the pieces off.
I figured this would be easier than having to take arms of or disassembling the pieces in any other way.
The photos were very crucial so I’d know how to put the pieces back together again.
My husband helped remove lots of staples. The tools we used for the entire project were pliers, staple remover, rubber mallet, circular saw, hammer, wood screws of different lengths, metal connector plates/tie plates (also in various sizes), liquid nails, staples, staple gun and a power drill.
We laid out a tarp in our driveway and placed the pieces on it with a shop vac close by to vacuum up all the dirt immediately after sawing.
I measured the length of the part we wanted to cut off and marked it with a pencil line. And my husband took our circular saw and cut off the perimeter of the bottom of the couch. It had to be someone taller since I would have had to stand on a small ladder or step-stool to look down onto the pieces in order to cut them. I’m just not tall enough.
We also covered the fabric with a drop cloth so it wouldn’t get dirty or destroyed.
Then we carried the pieces into the basement and I went to work by myself to put them back together.
I used liquid nails to glue them back on and a lot of the metal connector plates/tie plates screwed to the plywood seams with the short wood screws to reinforce the connections and make sure it wouldn’t all fall apart during heavy family usage.
After that I peeled the batting and fabric back over the plywood seams and stapled everything back to the bottom of the sectional pieces. I don’t want to get into details because every couch is different. I just had to recreate what I took apart which is the reason why it’s important to document that with photos or sketches. I reattached the inside bottom wood brace of the sofa, the dust cover and feet.
VOILA! The pieces made it to the basement man-cave and you can’t even tell what we did.
We do both have to admit that we are proud of the work we have done. Altogether it cost us about $60 in supplies versus the almost $1600 dollars for the NY Couch Doctor.
It really does pay of to be a little risky sometimes, doesn’t it?
If you are new around here then you can see some more photos of the man-cave by clicking HERE.
So that’s the story of how we got the sectional into our basement and I hope I can help someone with this.