Simplicity Sofas loves small living spaces. We don’t shy away from a challenge. We’ve never been defeated by a narrow hallway or a twisted stairway. Recently, we sold our 2,500th Simplicity Sofa without one single customer complaint!
In the years we’ve been serving small space dwellers, we’ve learned a lot about how all of you are living small, but not FEELING small. Here are a couple of tips on how to make your small space bigger courtesy of our pal Nike Onile over at her blog Eight Hundred Sq. Ft. from her recent blog post, “Small Space Solutions – 8 Rules for Stylish Living in 800 sq. ft'”
#1 Fill your space with right size furniture.
Living in an apartment, condo, or loft requires scaled down furntiure. Here you see our award winning Megan sofa. This stylish, comfortable sofa is perfect for your small space. Pictured above is the Megan apartment size sofa: Dimensions are 68Wx34Dx35H. Apartment dwellers love this sofa as we see in this testimonial:
“I just had the greatest experience with this company, Simplicity Sofas. I am thrilled with my new sofa. The quality is wonderful, they were great to work with guiding me through the process throughout, and it really did only take me 15 minutes to assemble my sofa. It is a full size sofa that I was able to fit through a very narrow doorway. It is not like other modular pieces of furniture I’ve owned that were more of “recreation room” quality. This is a first rate piece of furniture. Luxurious and manufactured with quality materials. I’m so glad I found them.”
#2 Use Vertical Space Stand in the middle of your living space and look up.
Chances are you’ll see lots of unused space you could take advantage of that would make your home appear and feel larger.
#3 Lights and Mirrors
Lights and mirrors are essential to the person living in a small space. Mirrors give the appearance of more space and interesting lighting make use of reflective surfaces and add style and glamour to you home.
Simplicity Sofas prides itself in helping it’s customers make the right choice, and in having the best customer service available for them. Owner and CEO Jeff Frank frequently receives customer compliments for the quality of his products, the integrity of his business, and the outstanding level of customer service he offers, oftentimes personally. Below you’ll find a few of these compliments, from real people who’ve had a great experience with Simplicity Sofas.
Thank you so much for your and Ann’s assistance. I received my couch on Saturday and love it. I couldn’t be any more pleased with your service. Although I know shipping in NYC is difficult, you should really consider marketing your sofas here because so many of us have narrow hallways and difficult stairways. If there’s ever someone in the city that wants to see one of your sofas in person, I’d be happy to show them mine. Thanks again.
New York, NY
Here is the story of THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. The back story: I ordered the full-sized Lorelei sofa and, as promised, it arrived in four weeks and took less than 15 minutes for me to assemble. It looks gorgeous, and you’d never think it can be disassembled. However, it looked like they sent seat cushions for a shorter sofa, and there was a bit of a gap in between the cushions. I called the company and not only did they say they’d make new ones, but rather than have me wait for them to ship to my house, the PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY HIMSELF (that would be Jeff) would deliver them to my place on a Sunday because he lives in the area. As promised, he showed up when he said he would, and exchanged the too-short cushions for new ones that he had tested in the factory on a similar couch. People, this kind of customer service is so rare. This company clearly stands behind its products. If you need furniture, but you need to squeeze it through a narrow hallway or small elevator, these sofas will fit. Not only that, but you’ll be buying them from a company that treats its customers with kindness and respect. I’m happy to recommend Simplicity Sofas to everyone I know, and everyone looking this up on Yelp. Jeff didn’t pay me to write this
Just wanted to thank you for your help in July as I was deciding what to do. I’m so excited about my new sofa! And you were right – I picked one of the extra fabric swatches you folks sent along with my requested ones. How did you know?! Thanks again.
One of the biggest problems that a lot of homeowners have is how to decorate rooms that are small spaces. This is often an issue in the bathroom because things like sinks and toilets can take up precious space in a small area. However, there are some great, easy decorating tips that can help you make a small bathroom seem much larger.
The first tip is to choose a lighter paint color for the walls. Soft colors give the illusion of more space, so choose these hues for the main parts of your bathroom like the walls or tiles. If you want to have bright, bold colors present, choose them for the towels or smaller details.
Another great way to add the illusion of space is to use mirrors and extra lighting. These things are usually put into the walls or ceilings so they won’t take up any additional space and they give the effect of a larger room by opening it up. The mirrors will also pick up the color and patterns you have in the bathroom.
Installing a glass shower door instead of a curtain will also make the room seem more open and give your eye the ability to pan over the entire space without being obstructed by something so opaque. Another great trick is to add details that will keep you looking up, like shelves placed higher on the wall or special details on the ceiling.
See how these tips and more work to transform a small bathroom in this clip from Dear Genevieve on HGTV.
The year 2012 has been a fantastic year for SimplicitySofas. We rolled out a new website and along with that a new collection, The Megan, which our customers loved immediately. Perfectly proportioned, the Megan collection features a classic design that blends the best of traditional and transitional styling in a versatile design scaled for smaller rooms. Entertain with confidence in understated elegance.This is furniture designed for small rooms and tight spaces that does not sacrifice quality or comfort.
We won several awards throughout the year, including the ‘Best of Market’ award from Furniture Today Magazine and we rounded out the year by winning the $20,000 Grand Prize in an SMB Innovators Contest.
We enter the New Year energized and as committed as ever to our business and our customers. We’ll keep delivering the very best customer service possible and collecting great testimonials. We hope to connect with you through our social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and of course Pinterest. Our Pinterest Page features a board dedicated specifically to small spaces. We call it the ‘Small Space Community‘ Board and we welcome you to come on over and ‘pin’ with us.
We look forward to another great year for Simplicity Sofas. We’ll continue delivering great service and coming up with new and interesting decorating ideas for small spaces. We thank all of you who’ve supported us. Happy New Year everyone.
I ran into an college buddy the other night and we were talking about our dorm room from Freshman year. We considered ourselves quite innovative in the manner in which we made use of the limited furnishings provided and turned the beds into lofts (a few cement blocks may have gone missing in the local area) and squeezed a futon in. We thought we had quite the “pad” at the time. We laughed as we considered the whole set-up as deluxe accommodations. We thought the ladies would be impressed by our great room. We should have put the Star Wars action figures away. The things we know now…
Now, some 20+ years later, we are all required to be innovators when it comes to figuring out how to layout a room. It is even more difficult since I purchased an old Victorian home. We converted the former attic space into a great loft. The only problem is we have about 25″ of clearance to swing any furniture of scale around the corner of the stair landing. Thankfully though, in today’s world you can find small sofas, apartment sofas, sofas for tight spaces and all kinds of things that can help. The only problem is most of them are very complex, and difficult to assemble. In addition, the quality is suspect.
I did a great deal of research and landed on Simplicity Sofas. I checked them out, and was impressed by the reviews, and the videos which illustrated easy assembly. In fact, there is one with an eight year old putting together one of their sofas. We ordered some fabric swatches, and they were really free. They came in the mail with a catalog. We went on the website and built our sofa. We received a call, and everything was exactly as they said it would be. A few weeks later, UPS came, and a few hours later, we had a sofa in the loft. You can actually still rely on some companies in this day and age.
Well, it may not be my old dorm room, but I have to say the loft space is being enjoyed by the family. I can now enjoy a good book, and relax on my sofa. The family is enjoying the sofa, and that is all that matters. We did not get it assembled in 10 minutes like the boy in the video, but we still had it set and up within a half hour.
(SJR is a writer and lives in the Boston area. We thank him for his submission and appreciate his letting us post to our blog.)