I’m getting ready for a big furniture install today. Everything is lined up and ready to go, but no matter how carefully I plan, it always seems that something unexpected happens. A piece of furniture doesn’t make it on the truck or something arrives damaged. Or, which was the case at my last furniture install, the custom designed furniture doesn’t fit through the door. An interior designer’s worst nightmare!!
I believe this situation it’s a right of passage of sorts. It must happen at least once in every interior designer’s career and if they are intelligent types, then they won’t let it happen a second time. Sadly, this wasn’t the first time I’d experienced this situation, and I consider myself a pretty bright person! Several years ago we had an incident with a sectional not cooperating with a curved staircase into the basement where it was to reside. The stubborn thing wouldn’t fit, and after applying brut force and exploring alternate doors and windows for access we ended up having an upholsterer amputating the arm then reassembling the piece once it was in the room. A rather dramatic procedure especially since we had taken pains to have the staircase measured carefully before ordering the furniture. At any rate, the sectional recovered from surgery and is doing just fine now. Chalk it up as a learning experience.
That’s why when a gorgeous pink velvet pouf that I had custom designed for a client’s new dressing room wouldn’t fit through the door I didn’t sweat it. My young assistants however, were sweating bricks. While they were stressing, I was taking photos. Like I said, it’s a right of passage! You’ve gotta feel that sickly, heartbreaking feeling at least once in your career.
The pouf makes it up this curved staircase without incident. Aren’t my movers great? And by the way, I love seeing a gal on a moving crew. You go girl!!
After trying a few different angles of approach, exploring taking the door off the hinges and several worried looks on my assistants’ faces I suggest taking the piece apart. I’d been there done that! Now it was time to use the knowledge I had gained from my last tight squeeze situation.
The pouf goes back to together again perfectly. Luckily, it was a very simple piece to take apart and reassemble. No upholsterer-to-the-rescue required.
Image property of Corea Sotropa Interior Design.
Problem solved! Of course, we explained the situation to our clients, and told them if they ever wanted to move the pouf out of this room then they would need to do just as we had done. By the way, this room (and entire house) is stunning! I’ll be getting it professionally photographed and sharing more pictures with you later. In the meantime, you can check out my previous post that highlighted the concept for this dressing room in First Impressions…Girly, Glamorous Dressing Room.
If you are an interior designer reading this, you might be familiar with this story. If you’ve never experienced it, maybe I’ll be able to save you from making this same mistake. Or at least give you a solution to the problem. As I go into my install today with my team of professionals, a plan that has been meticulously reviewed and my tool box of tricks, I hope I don’t encounter any new “learning experiences”. Wish me luck!