August 2014 Small Spaces!

August 13, 2014 by  
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Simplicity Sofas – Floor Planning for Your Small Space

 In our August newsletter we talked about a few floor plans for small spaces, here are a few more ideas that we hope will help you decided.

Remember, if you send us your room measurements and few other helpful items, we will be happy to sketch out a floor plan to show you how our pieces will fit in your space and we do it all for FREE!

There are a few free floor planner websites that you can use, but they will most likely only feature larger scale furniture.

A few things to remember when deciding on furniture pieces and placement:

Hallways – need 4’

Route where two people can pass each other

Conversation area 8’ to 12’

Seating for minimum of 4 (most 4-6)

Most sofas will be 36” and deeper and 84” wide

(Example Simplicity Sofas are 34” deep and up to 80” wide)

Coffee Tables 30”w c 48”L

End Tables 24” x 24” & 24”w x 28L

 Mid-Size sofa faces the TV, dining area is to left of sofa.  This is a nice seating area for conversations, but could use another chair.

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This floor plan is great for a corner fireplace (which can give most a major headache) two Mid-Size or Apartment sofas on an angle.  Another great piece would be a sectional.

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Here we have two Full Size sofas and a chair, small coffee table or large storage ottoman as a coffee table.  TV is above the fireplace.  The area rug defines the space.

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July 2014

July 19, 2014 by  
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The Right Size Sofa for You & Your Space
You go out to find your new sofa, once at the store you see something you like, order it, when it gets delivered it won’t fit through the door, elevator, hallway or stairway.
If you’re lucky, the furniture store will take it back and you’re told to go home and measure. If they won’t take it back you’re stuck with it, maybe you can cut it up and try to put it back together? Don’t laugh, many customers have told me they had to do this. They decided to just give it away.

Doorway: Knowing the height and width of the door will help you to know whether the sofa will fit through.• Measure the height (H) and width (W) from the top left or right to the opposite bottom corner
• Ensure there is a clear and unobstructed path around the doorway
• Take into account any fixtures and fittings and immovable objects such as gas meters and radiators
• If the depth of your sofa is greater than the width of your door then you may be able to get the sofa through at an angle. Measure the diagonal depth of the sofa, which needs to be smaller than the width of the door. Please see the section ‘How do I measure my sofa?’ for how to measure the diagonal depth.
Hallway : Measure the distance (L) between the access wall in the hallway and the interior wall in the room where the sofa will be placed. This must be greater than the width of the sofa
For tight corners, it may be easier to stand the sofa upright so you should measure the ceiling height. This needs to be greater than the diagonal height (DH) of the sofa, so as to avoid catching the ceiling

Stairwells: Measure the height (H), width (W) and depth (D) of the stairwell to allow turning on the stairs
Take into account that different floors may have different stairwell heights and note if there are any doors or turns in the stairwell

This is a lot to measure!
We have the answer and there is NO need for those instructions!

We hear about so many people who have downsized or small beach homes and can’t find sofas, sectionals or pull out sofa beds that can easily fit their doorway let alone their space. Another problem was the beach house with LOTS of steps! The great design of our sofas is that they come unassembled. Don’t let that scare you, all you do is screw the legs on, attach the arms and tighten by hand, yes by hand NO TOOLS, then the back flips up, locks into the arms.
Throw on your cushions and about 15 minutes from start to finish ENJOY!

Now you can fit a full size sofa, sectional, or pull out sofa bed without the headaches! It’s as simple as 1, 2, and 3!

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So, that is why it is so easy to get any of our sofas, sectionals and sofa beds in those problem areas.

Our monthly newsletter talked about the various sizes of sofas and sectionals so I wanted to talk about pull out sofa beds, space planning, and options.
You no longer need to settle for a something you don’t want or something that is uncomfortable.
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Do you need that extra sleeping space for guests?
Our Pull Out Sofa Beds can even fit through an opening of 16” and NO tools are required for assembly as well!

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Timothy Collection – Available in Queen or Full Size Mattress
Queen Size 74”w x 34”d x 37”h Mattress 60” x 72” (short queen)
Full Size 67”w x 34”d x 37”h Mattress 52” x 72”

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Christy Collection – Available in Queen and Full Size Mattress
Queen Size 78”w x 34”d x 35”h Mattress 60” x 72” (short queen)
Full Size 72”w x 34”d x 35”h Mattress 52” x 72”

Sofa Beds have a hybrid mattress, the mattress has about 3 inches of foam and another 3 inch air chamber (best of both worlds) and it rests on a trampoline type material and has NO MIDDLE BARS to hit you in the back!
If you don’t want a tradional pull out sofa we have the Endura Ease Air Sleep System which is great for those that rarely have guests. It folds up and stores in a closet and uses standard queen sheets.

Endura Ease Air Sleep System:
The EnduraEase is an innovative air sleep system that turns any of our 3-seat full-size sofas or 2 seat mid-size sofas into a luxurious guest bed. Our sleeper sofas offer your guests a great night’s rest and will measure 89 x 60 x 20 on our full and mid-size sofas when inflated. This remarkable queen size air bed mattress comes with its own electric air pump that inflates in 3 minutes and stores away in minutes with no tools required.



Space planning can be a headache, and so many people think a sofa and loveseat or chair would work best in their space because all they ever see are oversized sofas and sectionals. In many rooms a small sectional works better than a sofa and loveseat or chair even though you may think you don’t have room. In narrow rooms the sectional actually takes up less space and can give you more seating.
A lot also depends on what you have to work with in the room, fireplace, hallways, low windows, heat vents, etc. If you’re looking for a sofa to put in your RV or boat we can help with that too.
What about color and fabric types, we can help you to pick out the right colors for your space as well as help with fabric types. Pick out what type of fabric best fits your needs isn’t always that easy. Pets, kids, sunlight, moisture and many other issues need to be factored in.
If you’re not sure what size sofa best fits you and your space , need help with arm styles, not sure what colors best match your walls, rugs, drapes, and other pieces or not sure which fabric works best for your needs? We are happy to assist you with space planning, so feel free to email or call us.

Because we have several sofa sizes, and a sectional that can be made small or extremely large gives you many ways to furnish your space so that it is spacious, comfortable and have lots of appeal.


Styles: Bullnose, Bullnose T-Cushion, Boxed, Boxed T-Cushion
Construction: Standard 1.8 density Ultracel foam cushions with a 5 year warranty
or our upgraded 2.5 density Ultracel Foam and our Spring Down both with lifetime warranties.
Over 250 in stock fabrics and we also use COM (Customer Own Material)
Cottons, Microfibers, Cotton/Linen, many to choose from!
If you want to change the color of your sofa from summer to winter you can do it. Pick the fabric you want your sofa upholstered in and then pick a fabric for your slipcover. When you remove the slipcover you still have a fully upholstered sofa!
It looks like we covered it all, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

April 2014

April 12, 2014 by  
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Simplicity Sofas Talks Spring!
Let’s brighten up our spaces for spring and summer!
In our April newsletter we talked about adding slipcovers, changing out your throw pillows, curtains and area rugs to brighten up our space. Here are a few more ideas that can make a difference.
Have a fireplace? Clean it out and put a vase with flowers or candles in it.

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Put away the fireplace tools and wood carriers and add plants, flowers or even candles to brighten that dark space.

You can add a colorful fireplace screen, you can purchase one or make one out of old interior window shutters or window. You can just paint it white or if you’re crafty paint some flowers or plants on it.

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Pinterest has lots of DIY ideas on these.

Bring in some cut flowers or even branches, put them in a vase and you have a fresh spring look.

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Rearrange the furniture and swap pieces from other rooms.
Swap out your picture frames for a white, cream or natural color. If you don’t want to swap out the frames, change out the picture mat. Rearrange your bookshelves.
A little spring cleaning and maybe freshen up the paint and you have a new room, ready for spring and summer!

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February 2014

February 15, 2014 by  
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February 2014 Blog

Need to remodel your RV?  Simplicity Sofas has the answer!
New pull-out sofa beds for Small & Tight Spaces
They will fit through your RV door!!

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Christy (shown with a full mattress)

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Timothy (shown with a queen mattress)

I remodeled our 1999 Jayco in two weekends. The original colors were cream with blues and burgundy. I started by purchasing a new sofa (a sofa that fit through my RV door and was an easy install)!

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Before                                    After (New Sofa)!

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Twillo Stone with Twillo Bluestone Welt

Once I put in the new sofa I decided to recover the cornices and make new curtains.
You can see the original ones in the Before picture above.

After living

New covered cornices and curtains
The cornice fabric has cream, brown and a touch of the blue

Next I recovered the bench seats in the same fabric as the cornices. (I actually had someone else cover the bench seats because I hate working with zippers)!
(The bumper parts were covered in a brown fabric with specs of beige and blue)

  Camper Dinette  After dinette 2

As you can see, the difference is like night and day!
The bedroom area was next!

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I purchased a beige maltase coverlet, brown sham and made the little throw pillow out of
left over fabric from the cornices and curtains.  The cornices in the bedroom are a different
pattern than the main area, I didn’t want them all to be the same.  The bedroom cornice fabric has the same colors as the main area so it all works well together well.


The bathroom

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I removed the accordian shower door, it just made it seem like I had less interior shower space and replaced it with a shower curtain.  The shower curtain has the same colors as the rest of the camper and just made it useable as well as look much better.  Put in a brown rug in front
of the sink and a hand towel in brown and blue.  I also hung a basket over the toliet to store extra toilet tissue and hand towels.

The kitchen cornice was recovered in a solid brown fabric with specs of beige and blue (same as the bumper areas on the bench seats).  I decided not to hand curtains in that kitchen window.  I added some cute dish towels and area rug in front of the sink as well as in front of the sofa.  That was it!

The next project is to remove the rug from the main living area and replace it with a nice
wood type vinyl.  (This is something my husband is NOT looking forward to)  I will most likely leave the rug on the slide out and in the bedroom area.

With a little imagination and some time you can update your RV TOO!

Redesigning your small space

January 21, 2014 by  
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January 2014

Redesigning your small space

Now that the holidays are over and all the decorations are put away it’s time to redesign your space.  It could be as simple as just rearranging your furniture.

Stand back and take a good look at the room, does it have a focal point?  That could be a fireplace, wall of windows or an entertainment wall.

You want to arrange the furniture so that you’re facing that focal point.

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You want that to be the first thing people notice when they enter the room. You also want to arrange the sofa(s) and chairs so that it draws you into the room.

Arranging the furniture as a conversation area as above makes it for a more comfortable feel, no one wants to feel they’re sitting across the room from you.



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Don’t forget about your walls
How about an accent color on one wall or part of a wall?

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slipcovers6 (1)Slipcovered sofa and chairs

You can change the look of your sofa and chairs with slipcovers (Simplicity Sofas has custom fitted slipcovers for all of our pieces) or change out your throw pillows and area rug. Throw pillows are inexpensive and can make a big impact.
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