Spring into Simplicity Sofas!

May 5, 2009 by  
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Winter coziness has opened its windows to Spring and Summer liveliness and Simplicity Sofas is excited about helping you bring color and functionality to your lifestyle. It’s no secret that the housing market is down right now and people are looking for new and exciting ways to make their existing homes or small apartments their havens.

Adding some color to your life and continuing to create an inviting space that you can enjoy with friends and family during these wonderful seasons will make all the difference.

Simplicity Sofas can help you brighten up your space for the Spring and Summer months and make it bloom inside with easy-to-assemble quality furniture, new fabric selections and colorful slipcovers.

Brandon CollectionIf you’re thinking about purchasing a new sofa, love seat or chair, keep in mind these can become some of your more versatile pieces by adding brightly colored slipcovers.

We took the Brandon sofa, chair and ottoman, covered them in slipcovers of green and blue hues – - bringing the colors of the outdoors in. It made the room cheery and welcoming for the ensuing Spring and Summer months, reflecting the green of the grass and the blue of the sky…

Here’s just a few quick tips –

1. Accent your new furniture by moving some accessories or artwork from one room to another creating a simple, but new look.

2. Paint something: Whether it’s just some old baskets or pots you use for indoor plants and flowers, adding a little bit of color will lighten up your day.

3. Update those dark picture frames with colorful spray paint to match your new decor.

4. If it’s time to clean out the fireplace, do it and try putting a decorative flower arrangement or colorful candles inside instead.

What a difference just a few things can make!

If you have other ideas you’d like to share to brighten up your small apartment or would like more ideas, just let us know!

Need a Boat Sofa? Come Aboard!

April 19, 2009 by  
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Need a Boat Sofa? All Aboard!

A sailboat, houseboat or sea cruiser may sometimes seem a little small in comparison to the vast waters we choose to navigate, but when it comes to comfort and outfitting her in style, Simplicity Sofas has the answer to  marine seating and sleeper sofas for your boating lifestyle.

As a boater, there are few better things to do than maneuver in style and comfort on any waters, regardless of your type of boat. That’s where Simplicity Sofas can meet your needs and accommodate you with boat sofas, chairs and sleeper sofas. Boat sofas, couches and other seating from Simplicity Sofas are available online or in our showroom located in High Point, NC. Sofas for boats are manufactured by Simplicity Sofas, Inc. in High Point, NC and come in 5 different styles and 6 sizes. They are all available through the website and come in a selection of 70 different fabrics.

All pricing is listed on the website and range from $599 to $999 for standard couches and sleeper sofas.

What Makes Simplicity Sofas Ideal for Boats?

All Aboard!

Simplicity Sofas seating is the highest quality Ready-To-Assemble (RTA) upholstered furniture in the world. All of the sofas and chairs are shipped in 3 heavy-duty cartons and are guaranteed to fit through any opening larger than 12 inches in width. All sofa and chair frames are made from 100% solid oak and come with a lifetime warranty. Before you make any decisions about the interior of your boating lifestyle, make sure you check out Simplicity Sofas full line of seating options.

Check out our satisfied customer testimonials:

Yes, we received the sofa. It is beautiful, and we love it! I was amazed at the quality of the construction, and at how easy it was to put together. It took longer to unpack the pieces from the boxes than it did to assemble it. We had the whole thing together and were sitting on it in less than ten minutes. It’s very comfortable, and will work well in our space. Because we are installing it on a boat, we needed something that could fit through a narrow pilot house door. We are both very pleased not to be stuck with a futon, but to have a real piece of comfortable furniture. This is the only way we could have furnished our boat, and we’re glad we found your website. I would not hesitate to recommend your products to anyone. Thank you for your prompt, friendly service.

Karina G.

Bremerton, WA.

View more testimonials from satisfied customers here: We love it!

Go RVing, Small Space is Unlimited …

August 26, 2008 by  
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Simplicity Sofas 5 wheelerI have been watching my Dad enjoy his retirement … who has recently taken up RVing and, I must say, he and his friends and the family are having the times of their life. Fuel prices as they are, these guys do not spend their well-earned retirement money on much else. Why sit at home when you can take your friends and family wherever you want to go in a convenient, safe and economical way; without the burden of airline hassles, hotel prices and rental car disappointments?

Get on the road again …  Simplicity Sofa 5 wheel install
and furnish your surroundings the way my Dad did with his RV! He got the most of his seating environment by installing quality Ready-To-Assemble furniture. I hope to show you how to be more comfortable, on your way to getting to your destination and I really want to know about your experiences once you’re there…

Did you know?
You can take an RV places I never would have imagined and with a little help from Simplicity Sofas, you can furnish it comfortably, too. Dad’s making the most of it and enjoying these places. If you are really into RVing, you have already researched the multitude of destination travel; or you are one who has been there, done that and wants to do it again!

What a trip!!

Add furniture to your small spaceWe would like to hear about your RV experiences here, too!! Do you want to know more about retrofitting your RV for space planning, seating and a more comfortable lifestyle while traveling this way? Let us know. Simplicity Sofas has the answers to your RV or, even your boating needs. Yes, my Dad just did buy a “small cruising boat” and he is installing a small apartment sofa and love seat in the cabins. — You know, the two best days in a boat owner’s life?

Check back later on that one.

For now – Happy RVing and let us know your story! Do you have photos to share? Send them or a link to them so we can place them here!!

I am just happy that my Dad is RVing now and has used this product to create additional room for the RV small space. Send me pictures of your RV space and I can help you create a place that you can “retire and ride.”

Please don’t tell Dad I wrote an article about him and his adventures. I just wanted to share this with enthusiast like you.

“Safe Space” for Small Spaces

August 13, 2008 by  
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Have you ever been to a friend’s house where there was no thought of “Safe Space” room planning or design? What I mean by this is, every time you get up from the small apartment sofa or chair, you bang your knee on the coffee table or hit your thigh on the corner of their laptop desk? Ouch OUCH!

When designing for small spaces, you want to make sure you can get as much walk-around room as possible and as much seating for guests, while still maintaining “safe space.” That’s the term I use to create ample walking space between furniture pieces, cocktail tables, entertainment centers, door openings, etc., so when your guests come to visit and mingle, they leave with no bruises or band aids.

All furniture in the room needs to have some “Safe Space” around it …

You will need at least 2 feet and, in most cases I recommend 3 feet, between a sofa and chair.

Ashtion Collection

Space planning is critical for any type of room, but when you live in a small apartment, studio or loft, designing the space is crucial. Most safe spaces are typically going to be about 2 to 3 feet between each of your furniture pieces. For instance, you need at least 2 feet from the front of your sofa to the front of the cocktail table. When you get up, you have ample room to move about and do not knock over pictures of your loved ones, the scrabble board or your favorite beverage.

Watch out where you place those accent tables or end tables, as “their legs” tend to get in the way of “yours,” in small spaces, too.

I recommend nesting tables that come in sets of three. When you don’t need the extra surface space, just slide the smaller two in place, one under the other, where they tuck away and allow the largest table to become your end table. When you entertain, pull them all out for more table top space.

Think about maximizing your seating space for small apartments very carefully when you are room planning. You can get really creative if you think out of the “box” just a bit.

When you’re designing your living room, add a couple of storage ottomans in place of a cocktail table. Place the two ottomans about three inches apart from each other to form a “table” in front of your apartment sofa. If you are entertaining guests, these pieces become a versatile option as they can be moved around easily to accommodate additional seating for two.

When you are relaxing at home, the ottomans give you hidden storage space for books, toys or magazines. You can use the ottomans when you’re not entertaining by placing a tray table on top to showcase your fresh-cut flowers or memorabilia and accessories. Or move the tray table out of the way and prop up your feet. The extra ottomans make for inviting versatility.

We don’t want you living in a box – we want to help you create a space that makes you feel open and alive!!!

We have so much to talk about and share … art and wall color … rugs and accessories – even what I am to do with my Grandma’s old rocker. (I have an idea for that one) I will share one of those space saving opportunities next; unless I “bump” into something else.

Let me know how you are making use of your small space, or if you need help room planning or designing.  Here at Simplicity Sofas, we are here to help you create your space and we look forward to hearing from you.

Room Planning for Small Spaces

July 15, 2008 by  
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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.

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