Barn door solutions!

sliding door,   barn door, suspended doorIntroducing barn doors! Space solutions now makes and installs traditional barn doors. Our barn doors are made to order in custom sizes, and in the same incredible range of finishes as our custom closets and other cabinets. The hanging door panels are built solid, using 3/4″ board that is doubled up around the perimeter to create a 1 1/2″ border. These doors are solid! The barn door support rail is manufactured of steel in a matte black finish for a classic look, and operates with heavy-duty pulley-style rollers. We may, as in the image presented here, mount the rail against a panel that is in turn mounted against the wall, if, as in this case, we need to clear a door frame or molding with the barn door panel. For wider openings, we can install a pair of barn doors on a longer, shared rail, that either part in the middle or both travel to one side for full access. The barn doors travel over a guide mounted on the floor that prevents the door panel from swaying front to back, and the hanging rails feature built-in stops to keep them from running away on you.

barn door, bypass door, room divider, Toronto doorOur aluminum sliding door series also features a top-hanging option. The installation shown here is installed to the ceiling, but like the barn doors above, we can similarly install the top track against a panel mounted to the wall above a doorway. This type of door can be produced in all the same options as our regular sliding door series, with one exception – the hardware is not available in white, just aluminum. We think that’s okay, though, as they look pretty spectacular as they are! And, like the barn doors, these top-hung door panels are similarly installed with a guide pin in the floor, which in this case serves to again prevent swaying front to back, but also acts as a stopper to keep the doors from traveling too far. If you look closely at this installation, you will see there is a matching, fixed door panel installed underneath the bulkhead on the right hand side. The client for whom we installed this project was good enough to review our work on Houzz; have a look to see what they had to say about us, along with our other reviews!

Both of these types of hanging door installations are on display in our showroom. Come see them in person, we’d be happy to show you how our barn door and other sliding door systems can transform your space!


Great Wall Media Center Custom Cabinet

Custom cabinets are what we do – whether that’s in a closet or any other part of the home. We make custom cabinets for all of your storage needs, and they are tailor made for your space and tastes. This recent multi-purpose solution features a variety of finishes and solves multiple needs, and is a great example of how a custom cabinet can serve multiple goals.

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Family room built-in with desk surface, book storage and media center.

The recent trend in custom cabinets has been to use more than one finish, most often a two-tone approach. This project, however, involves four different finishes, and while that could get busy, our designer Paulina put together a combination that is subtle and effective. The main finish used here for the structure of this custom cabinet is a dark gray called Anthracite, in a soft-to-the-touch finish known as Supermat, which is rapidly gaining in popularity. In this case it serves as the foundation of the design, used for the carcass of the custom cabinet itself, as well as the open shelving and desk surface on the left, which is creatively angled in front of the job in the wall. Anthracite nicely balances against the soft, lighter gray tone of the client’s walls.

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Sliding door panels part to reveal a TV.

This built-in wall unit serves also as a media center, and the center of the cabinet is faced with sliding door panels in a woodgrain melamine called River Rock. The tracks for the sliding door panels are embedded in the Anthracite structure, and (being made of aluminum) nicely blend into the dark gray. The upper (lift-up) and lower (hinged) doors on this custom cabinetry use high-gloss White laminate, which nicely reflects light from the adjacent window. The fourth finish at work here is the factory-painted accent shelf that spans the wall near the top, including bridging above the “floating” side bookshelf cabinet. In this case, a Benjamin Moore finish called Spa Day was used – our painter works with any colour provided in a variety of sheens, and sprays a gorgeous, even finish.

Here’s what the sliding doors on this custom cabinet look like “in action”:

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Here is another angle on this custom cabinet installation. All photos by Aaron Mason.

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We would love to help you get started on your custom cabinet project today! To begin, call us at 416.322.5575 during business hours, or fill out this form to request a free in-home consultation with one of our designers!


The Custom Master Bedroom Walk In Closet

Every home needs a custom closet. Custom closets have long been the foundation of our business, and for good reason – storage is more and more at a premium in every house and condo in Toronto these days. We build custom cabinets for storage in every space in the home, and closets are no exception. Even a relatively simple closet organizer will likely feature a custom cabinet of some sort, as every solution we design and install is custom-fitted for your space and your needs. The custom master bedroom walk in closet featured in this post is a great example of the various features you may employ to truly get the most out of your closet.

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Custom walk-in closet in white with shaker-style fronts

This walk in custom closet shows how to handle a narrow yet long closet space. By placing all the clothes hanging along one wall, valuable walking space down the center of the closet is maintained, making access a cinch. Shelf and drawer space doesn’t require as much depth and clothes hanging, which is why this works so well. At the entrance to this space, to the left, a shallower tower of shoe shelves was installed, both providing easy access for shoes as well as easing the entry to the closet.

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Shoe shelving on either side of drawer towers makes for an interesting use of space

An interesting detail about this walk-in closet is that its entrance isn’t closed off from the bedroom with a door – instead, the passageway, adjacent to a window, is left exposed to better light the space. At the exposed end, we designed and installed a custom wardrobe cabinet, keeping the most easily-seen parts of the closet extra neat and tidy.

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A custom wardrobe within a closet offers additional order and keeps things elegant and tidy.

Keeping the walking space down the center of the custom closet clear not only makes access simple, it also helps bring extra light into the space. No dark corners here! A clearance of two feet wide down the middle is a good minimum; the three feet of space achieved here is even better. And there is still ample clothes hanging space along that one long wall – 18 feet of space for shorter clothes hanging (shirts, folded pants, skirts) and another 3 feet of long hanging space (dresses, gowns, pants hung long by the cuff), plus the wardrobe space.

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While sometimes a design challenge, a window in a custom closet brings light to the space.

Accessorize! Space Solutions offers a wide range of closet accessories to truly allow you to customize your closet. From pullout racks for tie, belts and scarves, to laundry solutions and custom jewelry drawer dividers, we custom design and install every closet to meet your needs and preferences.

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Custom dividers for jewelry and more.

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Laundry solutions come in multiple sizes and configurations.

Get started on your custom closet solution today, with an in-home consultation.

Photos by Aaron Mason.


A Murphy Bed with an eye for design

A perfect custom Murphy Bed should blend into its surroundings so that the room is transformed smoothly into a multi-function space. Murphy Beds will most often be part of a custom cabinet scenario that includes additional storage, but can also be used in conjunction with a desk in a home office, a wardrobe in a spare bedroom, a media / game center in a family room or toy storage in a child’s play area. In this case, it’s a home office; a desk runs underneath the window and there is more than enough room for a Murphy Bed on the adjacent wall.

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Double Side Tilt Murphy Bed in Sand and Southwester with stained wood desktop

This Murphy Bed design features a newly popular woodgrain melamine finish called Southwester, which has been getting a lot of use lately on our projects; it has elements of gray mixed in with the brown wood hues and conveys a natural, almost rustic look which really pops in a variety of projects. Here it serves as the foundation in this custom Murphy Bed, used as the trim, open shelving, back panels and fronts for the drawers under the desk top. Playing with the direction of the grain (subject to size and orientation of the piece) allows for some creative usage; on the backpanels the Southwester grain runs vertically, but on the drawer faces it runs horizontally.

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Double Side Tilt Murphy Bed in Sand and Southwester showing angled headboard

Two-tone combinations have long been popular on any type of custom cabinet installation, including wall units, wardrobes and entertainment centers, but traditionally the contrasting finish has often been white. In this Murphy Bed design, a supermat laminate called Sand Beige was selected. Supermat is a type of finish that is ultra smooth, and matte; it doesn’t have a gloss sheen to it, or even a typical melamine texture to it, it’s that smooth. Here it is used to great effect, as the door panel on the Murphy Bed itself, the overhead flip-up doors (concealing bedding storage) and the lower door and file drawers on the desk side. Using Sand Beige with Southwester here brings out the warmer tones in this layout and brightens the space, will keeping it soft and subtle. Supermat laminates are available in a variety of colours, and we have samples at our showroom – you’ll want to feel them for yourself!

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Upper detail around Murphy Bed, showing varying grain direction, depths and top cap treatment

Anytime we are installing custom cabinets around a corner or window (or both, as in this case) this gives us an opportunity to creatively solve a problem or how to bring materials together and keep the flow continuous. Sometimes walls aren’t straight, angles may not be perfect and at the end of the day the solution needs to make sense functionally as well as structurally – it has to go together somehow. Here we elected to have the shelving next to the Murphy Bed step back twice, with the deepest shelving directly over the bed, and the shallowest – display depth – in the corner facing the side of the desk, overhanging a recessed backer. This stepping feature is also mimicked across the top where we have provided cap shelves to fill the space at the ceiling, with a simple yet elegant detail as those pieces sit proud. The vertical trim next to the shallowest shelf area tucks in neatly behind the window frame.

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File drawers (left) and pencil drawers (right) sit underneath the stained wood desktop

For the desk surface itself we used solid wood, and had it stained to compliment the flooring in this space. Under the desk at the seating area we provided a pair of pencil drawers, and on the lower left, in easy reach from a seated position, a pair of drawers for hanging files. While it is unlikely you would be sitting at that desk while the Murphy Bed is in use, there’s just enough space in this arrangement to do so if you wish. Contemporary brushed chrome handles on the Murphy Bed, file drawers, liftup doors (and the little door in the corner) unify the design and add a touch of flair to the space.

This Murphy Bed project is one of 5 areas in the same North Toronto home that were recently custom designed and installed by Space Solutions, and we’ll be sharing more from this shoot with you soon. Photographs by Aaron Mason.


5 custom storage projects to inspire you in 2016

How are you going to get organized in 2016? Maybe it’s time to overhaul your closet with a custom closet design, or you’re ready to tackle the family room with custom cabinets, or maybe this is the year you get your home office fully organized and set up to take that next step. Space Solutions offers solutions for these and other spaces throughout your home with custom cabinetry in endless finish options. You’re ready to take that next step – here are 5 projects from our Houzz listing to inspire you, and get you on your way to clearing your New Year’s resolutions.

A contemporary home office

This installation showcases an L-shaped home office scenario, with included wire management channels room for two work stations. The laminates used on the custom cabinets are white “super matte” (an exciting, ultra-smooth finish, available in a variety of solid colours) and southwester woodgrain melamine. Drawers feature lateral file runners, for both legal and letter sized files. We also installed high-intensity LED strip lighting, embedded in the underside of the upper cabinets on both sides.

Custom closets

Even a simple reachin closet, done right, is an elegant effective solution to get you started on the right foot in 2016. Custom design allows us to design a custom closet that suits your needs, your space, your taste and your budget.

A custom Murphy bed

This side-tilt double Murphy bed uses chrome pulls and a beautiful melamine finish called “Linen”. The overhead and adjacent storage is stepped back, with the top-most levels all sitting just a little proud, creating a nice, simple detail. We also built a small desk area to the left of the bed, complete with over head storage and drawers. We can build our Murphy beds using a wide range of styles and finishes, and complement them with fully custom cabinetry around them, making your spare bedroom a home office, family room, library or more.

A wall unit with a fireplace

This project offers a bit of everything: wardrobes, drawer and laundry storage, a space for the TV and even a wall-mounted electric fireplace. When working with fireplaces you supply your own, and we build the cabinet to suit. Modern flat-panel fireplaces, just like flat-screen televisions, lend themselves nicely towards working with custom cabinets in any room.

A traditional library

This den was outfitted with luxurious stained wood to create a beautiful and functional library. The ultimate in custom cabinetry, featuring traditional five-piece solid wood on doors and drawer fronts, and real wood (maple) veneer on shelves and side panels, Space Solutions will have your custom den, home office, wall unit or library stained to suit and beautifully finished.

Free in-home consultation

Feeling inspired yet? These are merely a starting point of what Space Solutions can do for you. Get organized in 2016 with custom cabinets and storage solutions throughout your home. Book your free in-home consultation now by calling us at 416.322.5575 or make a request with this handy form.


Sliding doors – 26 standard board colours!

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Because we produce our custom sliding doors in-house, we are able to offer a wide range of options for finishing details. The European aluminum hardware can accommodate a variety of insert materials. Most often we use what is known as ‘white lami’ glass, a composite glass product using two sheets of clear glass, joined with a white film that both gives the glass a semi-opaque frosted appearance and also acts as a safety backing to prevent breakage; you will see this in the majority of the images on our Doors page. Other glass products include mirror and back-painted glass, the latter being completely customizable, as our glass supplier will colour-match any paint sample of your choosing. But more and more we are working board panels into the mix, which can offer a wide range of looks and also a more economical price point than glass.

At Space Solutions we are happy to be able to offer the widest range of finish options for our custom products in the industry, and that includes our sliding door offerings. We currently offer 26 different 1/4″ melamine finishes for our custom doors! These 26 options are all double-sided, so they may be used in room divider applications where both sides are seen, and even better, all of these finishes are available in the thicker 3/4″ board that we use for our cabinet structures, meaning you can have your custom closet doors match your closet organizer, your wall unit, your room.

So, how many finishes can you select from for your custom sliding door project? This many*:

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* and if that’s not enough, there’s even more options; we can have MDF factory-painted to the color of your preference, or, we can also have board laminated using any of a few hundred formica or arborite laminates.


Holiday hours for 2015

For the 2015 holiday season, we will operate under normal business hours with the following exceptions:

Thursday December 24 9:30 to 1:00

Friday December 25 CLOSED

Saturday December 26 CLOSED

Thursday December 31 9:30 to 1:00

Friday January 1 CLOSED

Normal business hours resume on Saturday, January 2. During the holiday season, some of our staff will be taking a well-deserved vacation, including many of our installers, to coincide with seasonal shutdowns with many of our suppliers and product sources. We’ll be back up at full speed in early January, and indeed, we’re already taking orders for January installation!

From all of us at Space Solutions, have a great season and a very happy new year.


Complete Toronto Master Bedroom Project

Antique White master bedroomHere we would like to share this complete master bedroom project. This midtown Toronto home, where space as you can imagine is at a premium, needed a complete solution for living and storage space. And while often a Murphy Bed is the right solution, in this case our client desired a traditional bed, and had just enough space to make that work. By tailoring the design and application to meet their needs we were able to deliver a solution for them which could very well serve as inspiration for your complete master bedroom.

The first thing of note is that we actually built a platform for the bed itself, including integrated storage below, in the form of functional drawer space. Each side of the bed offers two deep drawers for storage including space for spare bedding. As you see in the detail images below (click to open them enlarged in a new window) the drawers may be opened without getting in the way of the bedding itself. By installing these drawers without handles – the fronts are oversized so you may easily pull them open from below – we avoid creating a hazard for tripping or snags.

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On the window side of the master bedroom, there was a radiator along the wall. To deal with that we installed a radiator cover cabinet (sometimes simply called a ‘rad cover’). We used the same antique white laminate for the structure and door frames as for the rest of the installation, and the client selected an MDF screen which we had painted to match the laminate. The radiator itself did not run the entire length of the room, but for symmetry we installed the screening panels as if they did, and behind some of the doors there is additional storage, while the remainder allow the heat to radiate, and also open for any maintenance and access. The surface below the window neatly abuts the cabinets on the right end – where we provided some wardrobe and drawer storage.

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Antique white master bedroomThe dark counter top used on either side of the bed – a popular woodgrain melamine tone called chocolate pear – creates unified night table space, and on the far side of the room, adjacent to the mirrored wardrobes, extends into a vanity area complete with its own mirrored backing. We also installed LED lights on three separate switches (which are stored inside the drawers on the relevant sides) to create display lighting for the upper glass cabinets, as well as reading lighting for either side of the bed. The LEDs blend nicely with the overhead lighting installed in the room itself. You can see detailed closeups below of the oil-rubbed bronze hardware used for the wardrobe doors (handles to match the knobs used on drawers) along with a pullout wardrobe rail used in this installation. The complete master bedroom project was designed, built and installed by Space Solution using antique white and chocolate pear finishes, with integrated mouldings, crown and other trimming details. To get started on your complete master bedroom, contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

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All photos by Aaron Mason.


Space Solutions reviews and testimonials

Reviews and testimonials are more important than ever, and at Space Solutions, we work extra hard behind the scenes to make sure your experience with us exceeds your expectations. We are quite proud of the reviews and testimonials we receive from our customers, as referrals and first hand recommendations are so important. Whether you are a first-time customer or someone for whom we have worked before, you deserve to have your project completed on time and accurate. And we want our customers to come back to us for their next project, whether it’s in the same home or down the line, and if you haven’t worked with us before, you need to know that you can trust Space Solutions to be the right fit for you.

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Done the right way on time is my goal for every order. I work behind the scenes to make it happen.” – Barb Larocque, Owner, Space Solutions.ca

HomeStars, “the leading online community of homeowners and home improvement companies throughout Canada”, is a great resource for consumers. The companies listed on HomeStars cover the entire home improvement spectrum, from plumbers, roofers and electricians, to landscapers, designers and yes, closet storage professionals like us. HomeStars recently announced that in addition to continuing to host real, authentic reviews from consumers and providing an Average Review Score for quick reference, they have added a Star Score, which combines reviews with other factors, helping consumers make an even more informed buying decision. Space Solutions is pleased to note that as of October 2015, we have an Average Review Score of 9.5 out of 10, and the needle on our Recommendation Meter is firmly in the green.

Want to see exactly what people are saying about Space Solutions on HomeStars? You can read all our reviews and testimonials on our listing here. For more information about HomeStars and how they work, read their About page here. Have we done work for you recently, and you’d like to share your experience? Click the Write a Review box on our listing and follow the instructions.

Space Solutions Reviews and Testimonials

You can also read reviews and testimonials of our work on Houzz, which is a wonderful image-focused portal for design and home improvement companies. You can find reviews on our Houzz profile here, and again, if you would like to submit a review, click on Review Me.

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Murphy Beds in the Globe and Mail

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Recently the Globe and Mail published an article about Murphy Beds and spoke to Andrew about what we can do for you. We make Murphy Beds for single, double and queen size mattresses, with both vertical and horizontal orientations. The Murphy Bed installation shown here we’ve written about before, and is a side-tilt double. The Globe article also offers some great tips on selecting a mattress (we don’t supply mattresses, so the mattress you provide is entirely up to you!) whether you’re purchasing for a Murphy Bed or a conventional bed. With a Murphy Bed, you don’t require a boxspring, as the mattress rests on the backside of the cabinet door.

Have look at our Murphy Beds gallery for inspiration on what we can do for you today!


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