Ital Solutions: inspired modular storage systems

Ital Solutions offers inspired Italian design, with solutions for modular wall systems and wardrobes. Recently introduced at the 2018 Interior Design Show, Ital Solutions is the latest addition to Space Solutions’ offerings, and we’re very excited about these new modern looks and styles.

Ital Solutions wall units

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Atlante arrangement A002, featuring matt piacenza lacquer (base and diagonal doors), anthracite lacquered metal, maya bronze (tower on right) and bench in knotted oak.

The Atlante series of Ital Solutions wall units come in a wide range of intriguing shapes, finishes and materials. Cabinets come in laminate or lacquer finish options, and may include drawers, doors or open shelves. Some components are fabricated in sheet metal, such as the structure surrounding the diagonal doors in the image above.

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Atlante arrangement A070, featuring textured matt chalk white and textured dark cement (wall units), anthracite lacquered metal (left wall), tetris metal wall unit in anthracite with oak inlay, and base cabinets and bench in gray ash.

Components for many Ital Solutions Atlante arrangements are mounted to the wall independently, allowing for customization to suit your space and your needs. Colour schemes can be monochromatic or feature finishes that complement each other. Some components, such as the “tetris” wall unit in the above image, can be outfitted with backlighting for decorative accents.

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Atlante arrangement A036, featuring textured light knotted (base cabinets, TV backer, upper door), matt chalk white (structure), matt hot gray (doors) and matt olive lacquered metal inserts.

Other configurations in the Ital Solutions Atlante series produce more complete wall units, making them ideal for use in living spaces as media centers, home offices and more. Doors may lift up or fold down; while this detail isn’t shown in the above image, the horizontal matt hot gray face on the left side of this combination is designed to fold down and serve as a simple desk surface.

Ital Solutions wardrobes

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Logica wardrobe, featuring doors in the Puzzle series in matt chalk white.

The Logica series of Ital Solutions comprises wardrobes, for use in bedrooms and anywhere where clothing storage is needed. Logica wardrobes can come with either hinged or overlapping sliding door panels, in a wide variety of patterns and finish combinations.

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Logica wardrobe, featuring doors in the Strike series in mother-of-pearl lacquer, heat-treated oak, gloss Piacenze gray glass and silver mirror.

Some Logica wardrobe door options, like the Strike pattern, combine a variety of finish options, including glass, mirror, lacquer and wood laminate. A hinged door configuration – not shown – will also incorporate an integrated handle option. For sliding doors, simply grab the end of the door and push.

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Logica wardrobe, featuring doors in the Kelly series in gloss mother-of-pearl glass, gloss chalk white glass and hot coloured satin glass.

Logica wardrobes from Ital Solutions not only have multiple finish and pattern options, but you can select interior configurations from a wide range of accessory options. Accessories for Logica interiors include wardrobe rails, drawers, valet hooks, glass shelves, pullout racks for pants and shoes and even lighting.

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Logica wardrobe accessories include pullout pant racks (left) and pullout shoe racks (right), plus many more options.


Direct from Italy, Ital Solutions is now on display at our showroom, where you can see examples of Logica wardrobes as well as an Altante wall unit, and all the exciting finish options.

If you would like more information on Ital Solutions and how to get started on your modern storage solution, please contact us at info@spacesolutions.ca.


The Multi-functional Wall Bed

We’ve been making custom murphy beds for many years, including murphy beds with integrated desk options. Space Solutions is pleased to introduce the latest option for our bed offerings, the multi-functional wall bed. This modern wall bed system allows for a desk or shelves to be installed on the outside of the bed – surfaces which stay level when the bed is lowered so you don’t have to clear them when using your new custom bed.

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The multifunctional wall bed offers stable desk option that is easy to operate.

Using the Stella system, we recently constructed this double wall bed using high-gloss white for the exterior doors, as well as for the desk surface. The cabinet was built using supermat antracita. This combination of white with antracita is proving to be quite popular, and was a success in this custom cabinet project also. We also used high-gloss white for the backers on the cabinet, including a simple headboard treatment behind the sleeping area.

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The desk on this wall bed is synchronized with the bed platform so it stays level when lowered, and acts as a stable base.

The Stella system is available in both vertical and horizontal bed orientations are available for either double or queen size beds. In all cases, the Stella comes with a desk surface.

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The Stella offers a deep surface that may be used as a desk or table.

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When lowered, the Stella wall bed is supported by a foot as well as the synchronized desk surface and its brackets.

Custom Stella wall beds may additionally include an upper storage shelf in most scenarios, and the Stella also is available in a horizontal orientation. (Horizontal Stella wall beds with an upper shelf are not available in a double size, only queen.)

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On a horizontal queen Stella wall bed, the optional upper shelf acts as the bed’s foot when lowered.

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The addition of the optional upper shelf makes your custom wall bed a true work station solution.

Space Solutions is pleased to offer additional custom wall bed solutions, such as the Luna system. Ideal for family room solutions where a desk surface isn’t needed, the Luna is available in either double or queen sizes, and both come with either two or three shelves. The Luna does not come in a horizontal orientation, but is still ideal for many spaces, whether you live in a house or a condo.

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Luna offers either two or three shelves to take full advantage of the front of your custom wall bed.

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The shelves on the Luna are synchronized with the bed when lowered and act as its feet for support.

All of our custom wall bed solutions can be as simple or elaborate as you require. Space Solutions offers endless finish options, and whether you need only the wall bed itself, or need to fill your room with additional custom cabinetry, Space Solutions has a custom wall bed solution for you. To get started, call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!


Space Solutions at the 2018 Interior Design Show

Space Solutions at IDS 2018 booth 228

Space Solutions is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 2018 Interior Design Show, January 18-21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We will have a variety of displays at our booth, including:


Ital Solutions is an exciting new line of stylish, modular storage solutions by Gruppo Tomasella. The line includes dynamic designs for wall units and wardrobes, offering solutions for work, sleep or play. Come see us at IDS 2018 at booth #228!

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Ital Solutions features a variety of wardrobe concepts in exciting designs, such as “Strike”

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Ital Solutions wall units come in intriguing shapes and finishes for exciting storage solutions

Look for Ital Solutions to appear at our showroom in the weeks following this year’s Interior Design Show. But to get the first look at this exciting line, please visit us at booth #228 January 18-21.


2 Great Kids Bedroom Built-ins

Here’s a good example of how we contributed custom built-in storage for one family’s son and daughter. Solving storage needs for kids can be a challenge – children can be notoriously picky, and as children grow their needs can change. Finding a custom solution that endures and appeals is essential, and this project does that.

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Creative color selection for the exposed wall above the desk adds depth and interest.

Our client had two adjacent bedrooms for the children, and in typical Toronto style each bedroom’s closet was nestled against each other. This limited the storage space available in each bedroom, as the other bedroom’s closet essentially backed into the room. The client had their contractor remove the defined closet spaces by taking out their walls, and this freed up more space for functional storage in each room, and by installing built-ins for each child we were able to not only make more efficient use of the space, the staggered depths of the built-in cabinets help prevent the space from being taken over by custom cabinets.

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Recessing the toekicks and using a cap shelf across the tops is good for the toes and the eyes.

There’s a number of little details applied here that make these custom cabinets great built-ins. For the bases, the toekicks – and the side of the drawer pedestal under the desk – are recessed. This helps keep people from stubbing toes and also adds interest. As with many older houses in Toronto, walls and ceilings are out a bit, and while our custom cabinets are square and have right angles, maybe your room doesn’t. The cap shelf applied above the wardrobe cabinet helps minimize the fact that the ceiling slopes upwards towards the right hand wall. The exposed wall area behind the desk was painted out by the client to complement the walls adjacent to the custom cabinetry, adding additional visual interest, and a glass desktop allows for their daughter to display some of her favourite things on her desk while she does her homework.

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When you have an effective design already, why change it? Stick with what works!

In the other bedroom, we mostly replicated the design with a mirror image of the layout, and installed another custom built-in wardrobe with desk. The most obvious difference is the colour palette; for the son’s room, a different colour scheme was selected, and as with the daughter’s room, the exposed wall area behind the desk was painted out a complementary colour. The built-ins for both kids feature factory-painted exteriors, and factory-painting is a great choice for any built-in. Pick a colour and our paint shop will do it – and not only do you get a gorgeous finish, factory painted cabinets can offer more flexibility in decorative details including trims and mouldings, which once painted all match perfectly. The daughter’s cabinets were painted Chantilly Lace as a softer contrast to the bright hues in that room, while the son’s cabinets were painted Chelsea Gray as a bolder contrast to his wall colour.

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For factory-painted built-ins, we paint the exteriors – what you always see – and use melamine for interiors.

Aside from the exterior colour, the other main difference between these two kids’ custom built-ins is what happens inside. As with any factory-painted built-in, you paint the exteriors mostly, the things you see all the time: doors, sides, trims, drawer fronts and any exposed shelves or surfaces. For the interiors, we usually will use a standard melamine finish – in this case white – as that keeps costs down and as the interior surfaces will get more contact the melamine wears better. As you can see in the photo above, we did still paint out the leading edges of the shelves and side panels, as small aspects of them are visible around the doors and would otherwise stand out. For the son’s and daughter’s wardrobes we installed slightly different interior configurations, tailored to the kids’ needs. Alternate views of both cabinets may be seen below.

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We have full-size examples of custom built-ins on display in our showroom, both painted and otherwise. If you are interested in getting a quote on your next custom storage project, we start with free in-consultation, and will come to your home to measure, present samples and portfolio examples and discuss options with you. To get started, call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!

Photos by Aaron Mason.

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The custom sofa Murphy Bed

The sofa Murphy Bed combination – a concept that has been around for a while, but marks a newer addition to our Murphy Bed offerings at Space Solutions. One of the main reasons to install a Murphy Bed is to allow a room to serve other purposes aside from sleeping quarters. We often see them used in home offices and family rooms, especially with the rising popularity of smaller condo units in Toronto. Even a larger room may need to serve multiple purposes, and the project highlighted here is a great example of how combining a Murphy Bed with a sofa can change how you use your space for the better.

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This multi-purpose room features a home office, a sofa and a Murphy Bed for guests.

In this project, the room will mostly be used as a work area, and also for entertaining. But the simple addition of a custom sofa in front of the Murphy Bed opens up further possibilities. With the couch located close to the window, it not only provides a comfortable seating area with a view, it is also well positioned facing the built-in wall unit on the opposite wall, which houses a television and its components. The structure is built using a combination of melamine and thermo laminates in Morning Dew, in a satin finish. All the cabinets in the project feature LED lighting for display, task and reading light, without compromising the viewing experience when watching TV.

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The LED lights above the TV may be turned off from the sofa with a remote control.

So let’s talk about the sofa Murphy Bed and how this works. The idea is that moving the entire couch in order to get to the bed is not what you want to do – you don’t want to drag your sofa across the room, and in many cases, you don’t have the space to do that – after all, you’re already considering a Murphy Bed as a space saver! To bring this all together, we incorporate the sofa with the Murphy Bed. You can see in the image below that the sides of the Murphy Bed are extra wide, resulting in what we often call “flutes”. This is to help maintain spacing around the bed cabinet, and indeed, the sofa may be secured against those flutes to keep everything aligned. So rather than having to relocate the entire sofa, you instead simply remove the back and bottom cushions, and lower the Murphy Bed over the sofa frame, like below.

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The transition from sofa to Murphy Bed is seamless and easy.

This combination of sofa with Murphy Bed allows us to still use genuine Murphy Wall Beds of Canada’s hardware, which we use on our other Murphy Bed projects. The project shown here features a queen size Murphy Bed, but we can also do this combination with single and doubles – we can even combine a sofa with a side-tilt (horizontal) Murphy Bed, provided it is a double or a queen (a single side tilt does not protrude far enough to clear the frame on the sofa). Space Solutions works with a custom sofa builder to design a sofa that is comfortable and stylish for this complete solution. You can specify the fabric, the legs, even design of the arms.

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A genuine sofa with a genuine Murphy Bed is genuinely perfect.

As always, we design our Murphy Bed projects with you and your space in mind. Choose from an extensive series of finish and panel options, plus endless hardware choices and upgrades. This queen size Murphy Bed includes an angles headboard at the back – so you can sit up and watch TV from bed if you wish – plus LED reading lights that may be easily controlled with a remote without getting up. A genuine Murphy Bed uses a real mattress – spring or coil – up to 10″ thick for great comfort.

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A real mattress is the hallmark of a proper custom Murphy Bed.

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To see an example of the sofa Murphy Bed in person, you can visit our showroom at the Sunnybrook Plaza, where we can show you our full range of options, finishes and custom cabinets for every space in your home. To get started on your sofa Murphy Bed project, call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!

Photos by Aaron Mason.


Space Solutions is now on Instagram!

Space Solutions is happy to add Instagram to our social media channels! We’ll be showing some different looks of some of our favourite projects, plus behind the scenes peeks at work in progress, what’s new at the showroom and more. Find our channel here, or click the image below to go directly to one of our posts!

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Space Solutions on Houzz

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Photos of our work on Houzz have been added to Ideabooks over 10,000 times! That means a lot of you are finding inspiration in our projects. Below are five of our most popular projects on Houzz – comprising Built-ins, a Murphy Bed, even an entire Master Bedroom including Wardrobes. Click through the images to see full galleries of these projects, and see what inspires you!

Toronto Waterfront Condo by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

Family Room Antique White Built-In by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

North Toronto Home Office with Murphy Bed by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

Midtown Toronto Family Room Fireplace Surround Treatment by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

Midtown Toronto Master Bedroom by Space Solutions on Houzz

 


Liberty Village Loft Home Office and bar

High-gloss laminates continue to be very popular, and this project in a loft in Toronto’s Liberty Village is a great example of using high-gloss to its strengths. We designed and installed two areas in this loft, a home office that doubles as a wardrobe, along with built-in bar and linen storage in the other room.

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This home office installation doubles as a bedroom work station and wardrobe.

Wall to wall cabinets in a converted factory loft space, this nook in the bedroom creates a dynamic home office. The cabinet exteriors use a high-gloss melamine called Antracita. The recessed open shelving is a textured woodgrain laminate, this one is called Castellina, and the desk surface uses a formica Stainless Steel laminate. The upper doors lift upwards on stays, and we used stainless steel pulls and handles on drawers and doors. We used LED puck lights over the work surface for task lighting.

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The high-gloss finishes provide a modern contrast to historical brick.

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Using woodgrain laminates for the open shelves provides a further interesting contrast.

Outside the bedroom, we also built two custom cabinets in alcoves that straddle the entrance to the bathroom. On the right side, we built a tall upper structure that serves as linen storage with drawers below, divided with an exposed brick area and another stainless countertop. On the left side of the bathroom entrance we built a bar.

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High-gloss cabinets take advantage of the height and bridge the entrance to the bathroom.

The client supplied an industrial hanging light, which shines through the glass shelves that sit in front of yet more exposed brick. Additional enclosed storage sits below another stainless counter, and all doors and drawers in these cabinets feature handle-less, touch-latch hardware for clean lines. The white high-gloss laminate flows with the rest of this space nicely, leaving the exposed brick and the stainless counters to be the features, whereas in the bedroom, the darker high-gloss laminate on the home office is the defining feature, making the desktop and brick secondary.

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Linen storage is situated between the bedroom and the bathroom.

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This custom bar area features glass shelves in front of exposed brick for a classic look.

High-gloss laminates come in a variety of colors, and are ideal for converted lofts such as this. Ready to get started on your own custom built-in wall unit? Call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!

Photos by Aaron Mason.


6 Murphy Bed mattress tips

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Select the right mattress for your Space Solutions Murphy Bed

Here are 6 important mattress tips when planning your Murphy Bed installation – most often you supply your own, so these mattress tips can help ensure that your custom Murphy Bed is ideal for you and your space!

Mattress tips #1: Know your size requirements

Space Solutions uses genuine Murphy Bed hardware produced by Murphy Wall Beds of Canada, and builds the cabinet to suit, so you are getting not just a wall bed, but a genuine Murphy Bed. The Supreme Steel frame is sized for a standard Single, Double or Queen-size mattress in the standard length. (Space Solutions does not make Murphy Beds for extra-long or King-size mattresses.) 10″ is the standard maximum thickness that can be accommodated by the hardware. In special circumstances we can use a longer leg for thicker mattresses, which requires the cabinet to be built to a larger size; this is more costly, and may not be a fit for all spaces. The minimum thickness recommended for long-lasting comfort and to properly fit the hardware is 7″. So, any standard Single, Double or Queen size mattress between 7″ and 10″ may be used.

Mattress tips #2: Spring or Foam?

There are many types of mattresses available these days, and the good news is that most can be used in your custom Murphy Bed. This means that there is a good chance that you may already own a mattress that is appropriate! But assuming you do need a new mattress, one of the most important mattress tips is to get a spring (coil) mattress. They can offer the best long-term use in your Murphy Bed. Many of the “pillow top” varieties available are thicker than the maximum tolerances and are therefore excluded, and foam mattresses are not recommended at all – consider that most often a Murphy Bed is left in its closed position, which effectively stores the mattress on its side for extended periods of time; a foam mattress is more prone to settling, and this can affect long-term comfort, and also cause uneven balancing of the weight against the springs in the hardware.

Mattress tips #3: Frequency of use

Murphy Beds are useful for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have a very small condo, and you need a Murphy Bed as your every day bed so that you can fold it away and make other use of your space. In this case you will want to make sure you invest a long-lasting, highly comfortable mattress. Other times, Murphy Beds are meant for occasional use – in a room to be used for guests once in a while. Your guests still deserve a comfortable sleeping experience, which a Murphy Bed can provide, but it may not be necessary to invest in a brand-new mattress if you already own one that is suitable.

Mattress tips #4: Take advantage of mattress sales

Many of the “big box” mattress retailers have frequent promotions and sales on overstocked and discontinued models. This can allow you to source a quality mattress at a reasonable price! You don’t need a boxspring, since the mattress rests within the frame on the back side of the doors that you see when the bed is closed. As there are metal supports connecting the doors to serve as that platform, that is another reason why going no thinner than 7″ for your mattress is recommended for comfort.

Mattress tips #5: Have your mattress on site ahead of your installation

When we install your custom Murphy Bed, we need to have the mattress on site during the installation so that we may adjust the springs in the mechanism to perfectly account for the mattress’s weight. Different mattresses, even of the same size, will weigh differently depending on their composition, and we need to ensure that your Murphy Bed will open and close safely and smoothly. If you don’t already own a mattress that will be used, it is best to arrange for its delivery ahead of the installation to ensure there are no unnecessary delays or callbacks. When you place your Murphy Bed order we will remind you of the need to have your mattress on site on installation day; if we need to return at a later date because the mattress was not there the first time, a surcharge may apply. So making sure the mattress is there ahead of time guarantees a smooth installation.

Mattress tips #6: Space Solutions can help

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The Basset Andrew mattress, at 10″ thick, fits standard Murphy Bed installations

Still need a mattress for your Murphy Bed? We’ve always said that Space Solutions does not supply mattresses, mostly because we are in the custom cabinet business, not the mattress business. But good news – we have recently partnered with a local Canadian manufacturer named Kingsdown, and if you are purchasing a new custom Murphy Bed from Space Solutions, we can offer you one of their mattresses! We are able to offer the Basset Andrew series, which is a 10″ continuous coil mattress. It is guaranteed to fit the standard Murphy Wall Beds of Canada hardware that we use, and is available in Single, Double and Queen-Size options. We currently have a Basset Andrew on display in our showroom in a Double Murphy Bed, and you are welcome to come and check it out in person! If you would like more information about mattresses for our custom Murphy Beds, please contact your Space Solutions designer, or you are welcome to email us at info@spacesolutions.ca.

Ready to get started on your custom Murphy Bed project? Call the showroom during business hours at 416.322.5575 to request an in-home consultation, or fill out this request form and we will call you to set one up!

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Dining Room Custom Built-in Wall Unit

Any custom wall unit needs to serve a variety of purposes and functions, and this custom built-in wall unit meets and exceeds those expectations! Here we have a custom cabinet that offers sensible storage, a bench for extra seating and makes a statement.

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A statement-making wall unit in a Toronto waterfront condo

The striking custom cabinet is both eye-catching and an effective use of the limited space available in a Toronto condo. Nestled snugly between the air return on the left and the electrical / thermostat on the right, this design uses space efficiently and with its varied depth, the upper section does not overwhelm the room. Two-tone designs continue to set the trend, and here we have combined a woodgrain melamine finish called Sand Molina Ash with factory-painted white doors for a beautiful look. The uppers on this custom built-in wall unit feature touch-latch hardware on doors that are arranged in a playful, asymmetrical pattern, which really brings the structure to life.

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With the table moved aside, a view of the bench with drawers below a (client-supplied) cushion

Tucked underneath the seating area, for which the client supplied a complimentary cushion and padded back, are three pullout drawers, which feature handle-less touch-latch operation, like the doors above, so that there is nothing to get snagged on. We built this wall unit to the ceiling, and the fills across the top mimic the kicks across the bottom, for a complete, custom-fitted installation.

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Setting the handles on the outsides allows for easy access to the storage behind the tall doors

Any custom built-in wall unit requires creative thinking. A great example on this project is the application of the tall doors on the sides. Most of the time, the dining table and chairs will be positioned closely in front of the custom cabinet, and maintaining access to the storage within is important. Usually, for the sake of the look the rule is to place handles towards the center of a custom wall unit, but doing that would have made access to the interiors awkward, as the hinges would have been positioned on the outsides, and the doors would swing towards you. So instead, we flipped that – by placing the handles on the outer edges, the hinges are now closer to the center, making it easier to open the doors and reach inside when the furniture is in place.

What do you think? Are you ready to get started on your own custom built-in wall unit? Call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!

Photos by Aaron Mason.


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