Couch Breaking: It’s a Thing

by Grace Bonney

In the course of one week I both found a new apartment and moved in. I felt like the queen of the world, coordinating everything on my own in less than 5 days, only to have it all crash down around me on Friday when I moved. My movers were over 4 hours late and then we discovered that neither my sofa nor my armchair would fit through the entryway of the new building (it was built for doll people I think). Then when I convinced (more like begged) them to take the sofa and chair back to my old apartment until I found a solution, someone had messed up the lock on the old apartment building’s door and the movers had to climb the fire escape into my old apartment to get it. It was crazy. So this weekend I found myself looking up a service that is practically legendary in NYC: Couch Cracking/Breaking. When I told people I was doing this, most people didn’t know it was “a thing”, but if you live in a city with old buildings, you may have run into the problem a lot of New Yorker’s have: narrow hallways that can’t handle contemporary furniture sizes. I couldn’t fit things through my window so yesterday Hope and I sat on the sidewalk and watched my beautiful grown up sofa (the first piece I’ve truly splurged on in my adult life) be gutted, sawed into pieces and then re-built inside.

When I showed some photos on Instagram people asked me to post some more details about the process, so I thought I’d share some insight into the insanity that is couch cracking. Basically they remove the back and bottom upholstery, saw the back apart from the bottom, bring it inside and then re-build and re-staple the upholstery. The whole thing took an hour, start to finish. And while it’s not cheap ($250-$400 depending on couch size), it’s a heck of a lot cheaper and more convenient than buying a new sofa. So, enjoy the insanity of couch-cracking! xo, grace

*I used NY Couch Doctor and would recommend them mildly. Their estimate was way off but they were fast and efficient).



This room isn’t decorated or done, but generally the couch is up and running and I honestly can’t tell ANY difference, it’s amazing.

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  • I bought a sofa or your ago and it dit not through out the doors in my apartment. The delivery guys recommend it Mr Metz Furniture Repair , I called them they arrive two hours and a half later took it apart brought it in put it together and it looked as he was never taught before, this is a great service that I think every New Yorker should know about they also do upholstery and furniture restoration …….Mr. Metz Furniture repair 646-378-9159 ….mrmetzfurniturerepair.com

  • I used a company recommended by G.H. Johnson, the furniture store on Dupont in Toronto. The guys were very good and the sofa looked like new both times they rebuilt it (once to get it up the stairs and again to get it down).

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