The custom sofa Murphy Bed

The sofa Murphy Bed combination – a concept that has been around for a while, page 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, more about especially with the rising popularity of smaller condo units in Toronto. Even a larger room may need to serve multiple purposes, look 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.


Storage solutions for a modern Toronto condo

Today we’d like to do a walk-through of a project we did in a modern Toronto condo, website with solutions in a variety of areas. You’ll see different looks and styles for different rooms, see that in the end all work together to create space that is elegant and practical, find and perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for your own home.

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The main showpiece in this condo was this bedroom piece. You know of course that Space Solutions makes Murphy Beds, but we also will create solutions that go around an existing bed. In this case, the clients had a wonderful bed already, and the task was to create a storage solution that went around it and worked with it, what is sometimes known as a bed surround. Our designer, Christopher, came up with a concept that looks great, and provides both a useful storage solution as well as a live and work space. To the left of the bed, we built a tall, narrow cabinet for enclosed storage, and the base of it protrudes and acts as a night table, so there’s a convenient space for a book, an alarm clock, a cell phone, etc. On the right-hand side, a desk was created for a work space, open at the bottom for legroom, and with convenient cubby hole storage directly above it. Across the top, and bridging the two sides, we built a creative series of open and enclosed storage, for display and easy-to-get-to areas, as well as concealed storage for things you may not want left out in the open, such as extra bedding behind the wide upper door.

Keeping things bright and light, we built the bulk of the structure using white melamine – also used for the closet peeking through the door to the right – and added exterior trims and facing with a high-gloss white finish, a popular, modern touch. The framed glass doors may look like aluminum, but they’re actually board, framed using a thermo laminate called Stainless. The doors then had the same white lami glass we used for our sliding doors inserted for a great look. For hardware we used the ever-popular “towel bar” style of handle in stainless steel, and we added a pair of LED puck lights above the sleeping area to provide more light for reading in bed.

Click on the thumbnails below for more views of this bedroom installation.

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Cayenne maple wall unit condo Toronto bedroomIn addition to the work in the bedroom, we also installed a built-in in the den. This storage solution is a wall unit for general storage, and required some drawer storage as part of things, for smaller loose items that don’t stay as well on shelves. In order to preserve the clean, vertical lines of the doors, we placed the drawer behind them. The drawer boxes themselves are the same size as they otherwise would be, but without the addition of a face or extra handles. So on the outside, you see a series of doors with consistent handles, but inside, it varies. This cabinet was built using melamine in Cayenne Maple, with flat doors; you might have thought that a crown moulding doesn’t go with flat fronts, but as you can see here, it works quite nicely and finishes off the cabinet. Click on the thumbnails below to see interior views of the drawers.

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china cabinetLastly, we also installed a simple built-in in the client’s dining room. This cabinet features a combination of solid doors for concealed storage as well as doors with clear glass inserts for display. Again, we added LED lighting to the cabinet for illuminating their display items, and further used glass for the shelves so that the light can pass through. This cabinet was built using a combination of melamine and thermo laminates in Chocolate Pear, with shaker-style solid doors. All three areas of the home feature different colors, different hardware and even different lines, but everything works in this condo. This was a new location for the client, but this approach also works nicely for you if you’re living in a house, and/or have lived there for many years.

Blending traditional design details with fresh, modern lines is always exciting and effective, and we can help you with that. It’s what we’ve been doing since 1986! To get started on your next home project, you can visit our showroom in The Sunnybrook Plaza, or use this handy form to request an in-home consultation – we’ll take the measurements and bring samples and portfolio to go through ideas with you, and in just a few weeks you can be enjoying your own custom storage solution.