We cannot fit large furniture up our stairway so everything going into the second or third floor of the cottage must fit through the 2nd story window. It's been such a pain as many of our choices of furnishings had to be eliminated due to a few centimeters difference. Drat! In the third level we even had a false wall built just so we could squeeze a large bed in the master suite. Typically everything in Europe is smaller than in the US, so these issues should be expected I suppose; but add in "very old home" aspect and you've got yourself one logistical nightmare :)
We drew a small crowd during the 15 minutes it took 4 men to get this 200-year-old armoire into La Maisonnette. It was great fun to watch, especially after it was certain they'd make it! I really love this piece...
Images 1 & 2:
1) Preparing the armoire for take off
2) Let the games commence...slight panic on the 2nd floor
Images 3 & 4:
3) Two men on the 2nd floor hold down the fort while the Husband heads to the 3rd story and the other to the truck to grab a ladder
4) Help arrives to the 3rd story (see husband hanging out of window) and the armoire is finally past the balcony in a safe position
Images 5 & 6:
5) In order to slide the armoire over the crest of the railing, Batiste (on the ladder) had to stand on his tippy toes, grab onto the 2nd story railing, from the 1st story mind you, and tip it over the edge. Well executed don't you think?
6) Just barely inside...we made it! and only with a few very minor scratches. pfew.
So far the following have made it through this balcony in a similar fashion:
* 4 mattresses
* entertainment armoire
* 6 boxsprings
* 1 couch
* 1 headboard
* 1 clawfoot bathtub