Room Planning for Small Spaces

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Design Studio

Decide What Stays and What Goes …

When room planning, even art, accessories and paint color is critical if you live in a small space. I have talked to many people about concerns they encountered while designing their spaces, whether large or small. From these conversations, I have learned that it can be as daunting for some to try and design an 800 square foot apartment as it is a house in the suburbs or a villa on the Riviera.

In this article, I wanted to touch on what I consider to be rule number 1 for room planning for small spaces.

First and Foremost — You need to decide what stays and what goes.

Obviously, if you are moving into a new space and/or purchasing new furniture, the first thing you want to do is decide which of your existing pieces you will be keeping. Are you attached to Grandpa’s old roll top desk he gave you, or a retro accent table you picked up at a boutique sale — or both?

If you want to hold onto the larger pieces, like the desk, consider alternative uses. We moved our roll top desk out of a very small bedroom and into the dining room to serve as our buffet. With all its drawers, nooks and crannies, it was a perfect place to hold and hide our silverware, napkin rings and table top items that we use only for special occasions.

If you’re thinking about buying additional furniture pieces from our website (which we hope you are), I can work with you to lay out the rooms using online tools by placing the furniture for you in ¼ scale imagery and showing you options that make the most sense. So don’t be afraid to ask for the complimentary help. That’s what I’m here for. But for now …

Decide What Stays and What Goes.

In my next article, I am considering writing about a topic no one thinks about when purchasing furniture for small spaces called “Safe Spaces.” Safe Spaces is the area between one piece of furniture and the next. Have you ever been to a friend’s house who had no idea of Safe Space and every time you got up off of their apartment sofa or chair, you would bang your knee on the coffee table? That’s what I’m talking about. Ouch!

In future articles we’ll also talk about paint color, wall art and accessorizing to name a few; all necessary topics in making your small space feel bigger.

As always, if you have ideas or would like to contribute to this article or any of the others that will be posted on this website, please do so. There are a lot of people looking for new ways to maximize space and we want to share all of our successful ideas! I want you to look to Simplicity Sofas as one of your resources that will keep you informed of new trends, space planning, color coordinating and other design advice.

Consider This Before Buying a Sofa

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Sofa Studio

Are you shopping for your new living room suite or looking for an apartment sofa to fit in just the right space? There are a few things to consider as you begin your search. Obviously, the first thing you think of is style.

Which style of furniture inspires you – traditional, contemporary, or a more versatile transitional look? If you’re not sure, take a look in your closet which reveals a lot about who you are by the clothes you wear. My closet is a mixture of designer deals that I found at department stores and shabby chic shirts and jackets from little boutiques or catalogs. If you can’t quite define your style, that’s OK too. As you are looking for your apartment sofa for your studio or living room, you will start to realize what inspires you.

One of the MOST important things to consider when looking for furniture is – Will it FIT on the elevator, up my stairs, around the corner and through the door? I can not tell you how many times I have heard stories of someone buying a sofa and having it delivered, only to realize that when they got it home, it simply would not fit. You won’t have that problem with Simplicity Sofas, as they are shipped in three boxes and assemble in 15 minutes with no tools required.

Consider quality and warranties. Is the frame made of solid hardwoods or particle board? Do the frames have a lifetime warranty?

Also consider design options. Can the pieces be slipcovered? How many coordinating fabrics are available from which to choose? Does the company offer pet-proof fabrics? Can they offer complimentary design advice?

We pride ourselves in offering advice on furniture construction, room planning and color coordination. Please leave us a comment or question you may have and we will be happy to answer it. Chances are, there are a lot of people wondering the same thing as you. We’re here to help! Check back often as we update this section with furniture tips and articles to help educate you about your furniture purchases and caring for your furniture.

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