• Space Saving Furniture Solutions

    Make the most of your space with these well designed, double duty furniture pieces. 

     1. Murphy Bed

    When you need a bed that can tuck away, comfort shouldn't have to be sacrificed and murphy beds provide a great option. When a clear floor is priority and a sofa just isn't necessary, murphy beds can help transform a spare room into an exercise space, office or playroom. Choosing one that doubles as shelving, a desk or storage will maximize its use and help integrate the wall bed into the space. 

    contemporary murphy bed

    The bookshelf on this murphy bed helps to offset the boxy look that wall beds often have. It gives you great shelving and organizational opportunities with a completely updated look. This isn't your grandmother's wall bed. 

    wall bed

    2. Sofa Arm Trays

    You don't need a small space to benefit from an arm tray. Any sofa with an arm width that can support a glass can benefit. However, for a small space the added utility can help eliminate the need for a side table. Arm trays are great because they don't encourage clutter the same way a table might, they keep your wine at reach and keep your sofa arms clean. Win, win, win.

    Arm tray for sofa

     Wide sofa arm tray shown with the Soho Sofa Bed

    flexible sofa arm trayCan't find an arm tray to fit your sofa? Flexible ones that fit just about any size arm are a great solution. Get the one above from LipLap

    3. Wheeled Carts 

    Furniture that can double duty or be versatile can really help with the efficiency of a small space. Carts are a great way to mix function with fun. They make great bedside tables, bathroom storage solutions, kitchen spice racks or craft carts. But when you have guests coming, they are the perfect party tray. Just add Gin and a few mixers...

    scandinavian style cart 

    This Block Table from Normann Copenhagen is an easy piece to fit into any style space.  

    4. Entertainment units

    Wall divider entertainment unit

    Every house needs to have one, but few take advantage of them. The one above doubles as a room divider while providing floor to ceiling storage. The space it takes up? An area that would probably not have been used. Clever.

    5. Fun Rugs

    Toys and more toys. Keeping a child's room uncluttered and usable is always a challenge regardless of the room size. Choosing furniture and accessories that can be used for fun as well as function will not only make the room more appealing for kids, but also take advantage of all the space available. Rugs are a great start. You need them, why not choose one that's fun. 

    Fun children's rug

    Just add cars, toy people and a little imagination.

     

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  • 5 Tips for Decorating a Small Bathroom

    We don't all have the luxury of a spa sized washroom, but that doesn't mean we can't make the best of a small situation. Check out these genius ideas for saving space where space is limited.

    1. Double up on medicine cabinets.

    Yup, that's right. We all know mirrors make everything look larger so while you double up on them, why not make them functional as well. Storage is always lacking in bathrooms and a medicine cabinet takes up very little space. Adding an extra one over the toilet instead of some inspiration quote decal (enough of those please), will take up no extra space and provide necessary organizational opportunities. Also, stay away from thick framed cabinets and opt instead for one with either a thin frame or none at all.

    fine fixtures medicine cabinet

    Medicine Cabinet from Fine Fixtures

     

    2. Declutter

    Don't display everything you own. There is no need for layers of picture frames on shelves and 5 towels rolled in a basket. Unless you are running a bed and breakfast, keep the necessaries tucked away under the sink and the unnecessaries out.

     

    3. Decorate with colour

    Small rooms can still take colour, just do it right. An accent wall can draw the eye, making a room appearing longer. Stay away from colours that feel too dark, instead go bright or light. 

    bright blue paint bathroom

    image from HGTV

     

    4. Ditch the Tub

    Ok, so this isn't really 'decorating' but think of all the space wasted with a bathtub. If you are in renovation mode, take it out and replace it with a glassed off shower and your space is increased instantly. You can easily fit a 'spa-like' luxurious shower in the space a tub takes up.

    shower enclosure

     

    5. Lighting

    In small bathrooms, task lighting is probably all that is necessary. Avoid lights over the vanity and instead opt for sconces at eye level on either side of the mirror. This will give you shadowless illumination, perfect for shaving or applying makeup and just looking great in general :) 

    bathroom lighting

    image from A.B. Design studios

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  • 3 Beautiful Micro-Homes from Around the World

    Living in an urban core can come with great conveniences. You can walk most places, public transit is more accessible, best pick of restaurants, little to no yard to manage... Of course it also means we live in smaller spaces, a trend that will only increase as our population continues to grow. We've put together 10 pretty amazing ways people are managing on smaller and smaller floor plans through innovative micro apartments. 

    1. London, England

    London Loft Small Space Living

    The main living space of this simple London loft feels much larger than it is with all the natural light coming in from the window and skylights. The back wall offers storage and display space while also doubling as the staircase to the bedroom. 

    Small space beautiful london loft

    Separated from the living room by the washroom, the kitchen feels spacious and clean. Keeping the flow of the home similar throughout makes this space so much more open and inviting than most smaller homes. 

    london flat mezzanine

    A mezzanine above the washroom reveals the light filled bedroom. The same built in shelving extends all the way up the wall shared by the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Clean and simple, doesn't even feel small!

    washroom

    Nothing about this washroom feels micro. The wall length mirror and ample shower feel nothing but spacious. 

    Credit Dornob.com

    2. Wroclaw, Poland 

    micro apartment in poland 

    Measuring just 13 square metres, this micro-apartment by Polish designer Szymon Hanczar, is the smallest on our list. Clean and simple, with minimal clutter, this light filled home even manages to squeeze in ensuite laundry. What else do you need?

    micro apartment

    small apartment style

    A hammock makes the space a bit more playful, while the bike rack keeps the limited floor space free.

    cooking in a small apartment 

    While it might not be a chef's kitchen, waking up to espresso in a light filled home makes for a pretty happy space :) 

    credit: Dezeen

    3. New York, USA

     New York small house

    This welcoming home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side is a real architectural and design accomplishment. While most micro-apartments try to present a clean, minimalist style, only a very well designed one can pull off the bespoke style this studio exudes. 

    fireplace micro apartment

    A grand fireplace  complete with pillars in a 240 square foot shoebox? Sure, we'll make it work. 

    custom micro kitchen

    Custom cabinetry keeps the necessities in place and makes use of every available space for storage. 

    loft bedroom

    The loft bedroom above the kitchen manages to look luxurious despite its tight quarters. Yes, there is even a library nook.

    library nook

    Credit Dwell

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  • 5 tips for decorating a small space

    Our cities are getting bigger and our homes are getting smaller. The demand for furniture and design to suit small spaces is constantly growing. We've put together a list of interior designers favourite tips for maximizing the potential of smaller spaces without overwhelming it.

    1. Closed shelving

    Kitchen with closed shelving 

    I know, your search of Pinterest will reveal image after image of cute little kitchens with open shelves displaying wonderfully coordinated plates and an impressive selection of cake displays. 

    small kitchen open shelving

    The reality is, your dishes don't look like that. You aren't that organized and you never will be. 

    Keep the doors on your kitchen cabinets and if you must - just take one off to give the allure that everything behind the closed doors are just as lovely and organized as what you have on display. 

    The same rule can be applied to other rooms. Choose entertainment units with doors to keep electronic clutter hidden, put doors on your Ikea Billy bookcase and when that's not possible, use bins. Baskets and bins can hold your smaller items to keep the space looking clean and open. 

    2. Mount it on the wall

    Mash Studios wall mounted shelving

    Mash Studios makes this wonderful closed shelving, wall mountable storage solution (2 tips in 1!). Mounting storage or other furniture to walls keeps the floor space open, giving the impression that the furniture is not taking up any space at all. This unit would make a great entertainment console or dining room sideboard. 

    3. Think calm

    small calm room

    I don't mean filling the room with incense and meditation rugs (is that a thing?). Small spaces can be overwhelming, especially if it's a main room that is used by everyone in the house. Light and muted colours for most of the space and art that isn't too busy. Next make sure that you only have one focal point in the room (a good general rule in all space sizes, but especially important in small rooms). Having one place to draw the eye and allowing the rest of the furniture and decor to take second stage will minimize an otherwise overwhelming visual. The room will also feel larger and more comfortable. It also means you can still add that pop of colour to create interest.

    4. Size it right

    Calm living room decor

    Making sure your furniture and decor is the right size for the space is always important, but especially when you have to maximize what you've got. While we usually think small room - small furniture, this isn't always the case. You need to use a room wisely and scale is often more important than size. While you don't want a big bulky sofa in a small room, you might want one that is long allowing you to use a short wall to its full potential. A sectional can also be a great space saver, it'll use space that a sofa and club chair would otherwise waste. The same goes for art and frames. One big piece of art will open up a room more than a grouping of small pictures and keep things looking clean and organized (refer to tip 3). Small thin frames over wide ones... you get the point. Think scale, keep it minimal and use space wisely. 

    5. Double duty furniture

    Double duty furniture

    While a sofa bed is the easiest example of double duty furniture (and a great one!) don't overlook other options. Ottomans are great for storing blankets and board games (these can be chunky though - so a good option only when an ottoman is truly needed). Entertainment units can also be used as storage and a display shelf (ikea does those well). Think - "Can I use this (insert item you are about to purchase) for more than one thing?" If you're adding something new to the room, see if you can eliminate something at the same time.  The bench/shoe storage pictured above is another great example of double duty furniture. It's also another smart Mash Studios design. 

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  • Shipping - How does it work?

    We get a lot of questions about what to expect after placing an order. Most of your shipping questions are likely answered here, but I'll explain things with a scenario to help break it down.


    Free shipping to Toronto

    You've done your research and found the perfect sofa bed for your space. Simply choose the fabric you want (when options are available) and add it to your cart. Complete the checkout process and you're done. An email confirmation will be sent to your inbox (this may or may not end up in your junk mail, have a look if you can't find it) and an email will also be sent directly to our sales department. Your order will also automatically go into our shipping system and the warehouse will be notified. The sofa bed will be prepared for safe delivery to Toronto and the shippers will be notified to pick it up. For orders placed before noon on a business day, the shippers will usually pick it up the same day. Once it arrives in Toronto, you will receive a call to set up an appointment for delivery. Delivery of the sofa bed from Ottawa to Toronto generally happens in less then a week. The earlier in the week you order, the faster it will arrive!

    Free shipping to Vancouver

    Delivery across the country is just as simple as delivering a sofa bed to Montreal or Toronto from our warehouse in Ottawa. Orders placed earlier in the week and earlier in the day will benefit from faster pickup and faster delivery. Delivery of any sofa bed that is in stock generally can be made in under 2 weeks to Vancouver. Coastal island residents may have delays due to ferry crossings. 

    What to expect when a sofa is shown as "Stock in Transit"

    We do our best to keep all of our sofa beds in stock, but demand sometimes gets ahead of production. New fabrics and new models are also added on a regular basis. When a sofa bed you want is shown as "stock in transit, reserve yours now" this means that a new shipment of that sofa bed is currently in production or on it's way to us in Ottawa. You can still order and expect delivery in 8 weeks or less. Give us a call to get a more accurate timeline if you are in a hurry or have guests arriving within that time.

    We deliver our sofa beds all across Canada, flat packed to make it easy for you to get them fast and easily move them into which ever room you need. Give us a call if you have and questions, we're here to help! 

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