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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Furniture For Your Condo

By Wendy Kam Marcy

We first posted this in the summer of 2010 and it remains one of our most read posts to this day. So we have updated it and now bringing this oldie but goodie back!

One of the best things about moving is furniture shopping yet at the same time, the experience can be overwhelming and frustrating - not to mention, the huge dent it puts in your wallet. If you live in a smaller space or a condo, the task can be that much more challenging.

Well here are some places (beyond Ikea!) that I found during my own quest to find modern furniture that is of good quality, design and reasonably priced (though once in a while you do find that irresistible piece that you have to splurge on)!

CB2: a modern destination from Crate and Barrel that will furnish every room in your modern apartment, loft or home without too much denting in your wallet. Just opened in Queen West. $$

Design Republic: how can you not love a place where their mantra is “Furniture for the People”? Whether you are searching for the edgiest modern sofa, design classics or industrial and vintage pieces, you can find it here at their Queen West showroom. Great service and custom solutions available as well. $$$

Modern Sensibility: find your stylish condo furnishings here without paying an arm and leg. They don't sacrifice on quality and are proudly Canadian owned. Lots of sale items too! $$

Condobox: already known as experts in condo furniture (these are the same people that own Roomy), now you can sit back and let them do all the work from space planning, to lighting and coordinating painters. Be inspired and chose from their full furniture packages and make your interior design dreams come true in about 4 months. $$$$

Nirvana Home Collection: aside from carrying a wide range of Tempur-Pedic mattresses and products, they are also the official distributor for Herman Miller and specialize in ergonomically modern furniture for the home office. $$$

Inner Luxe: shop here if you want comfortable design for the everyday home. Their contemporary designs are warm and inviting with clean lines that are reminiscent of the Bauhaus period and we love that many pieces are designed and manufactured in Canada! $$$

Ethel: want to bring the Mad Men set to life in your own home? Head over to this Leslieville shop and find all things mid-century modern and vintage. $$$

Leon Roundhouse: this is not your mom's Leon's! They opened a huge flagship store right in Cityplace downtown so it is loaded with furniture fit for condos and small homes at budget savvy prices. $

EQ3: the perfect store for condo dwellers and priced quite well! They offer a wide selection of modern pieces and accessories to furnish every room. The showroom is well layed out and the staff are very helpful. $$

The Lifestyle Shop: this is where I go to get service and expertise! Operated by an older couple, their quaint townhouse shop is wedged between City Place and King West, so they are used to dealing with the needs of condo dwellers. They carry furniture from various lines and made-to-measure fabric window treatment and Hunter Douglas roller shades. $$

Visitor Parking: cool name, cool store. The one-stop place to find affordable furniture to suit all tastes from timeless classics to more edgy trendy styles . Great selection of bar stools too. $$

Penthouse Home Furnishings: lots of European imported furniture can be found here along with more contemporary styles if you are after the funky designs and/or colourful pieces. Lots to see in their showroom. $$

Blvd Interiors: this is THE place to shop if you live in a smaller condo. Their stuff looks good, is compact, functional and reasonably priced. They often have demo sales too and renew their merchandise often. $$

Urban Barn: Ikea-type furniture (but better quality) for your living, dining and bedrooms. This is the place to find all your chocolate brown colour furniture with lots of nice matching home accessories. $$

Urbanmode: a hidden gem. This place is not very big but it is owned by a couple of very friendly knowledgeable ladies. They do have some condo furniture on display as well as lots of cool decor pieces and the popular Chilewich mats in all sizes and colours. $$

West Elm: a lot like EQ3 with approachable staff and modern selection. They also carry outdoor furniture, bedding, rugs, drapery and plenty of lovely "gotta have" home accessories. $$

Umbra concept Store: it is what it is. All the neat trinkets you can image (picture frames, bathroom hardware, kitchen accessories, clocks, bedding, etc.) You pay for the ultra hip and urban design! $$

Structube: another furniture haven for condo dwellers and those who prefer the compact and functional Ikea-type look! Wide selection of glass, wood, stainless stain pieces and frequent sales and new merchandise. $$

Design Within Reach (DWR): this is the place to go if you are into designer furniture. The prices are above average but you can tell it's quality stuff. They carry modern classics from Kartell, Herman Miller and Knoll. $$$

Casalife Furniture: one of my personal favourites! They carry furniture made for loft living or larger condos with clean lines and sleek designs. Slightly above average prices but a large selection to chose from and options for customization. They also carry mirrors and lighting. $$$

Norwalk Furniture: if you are all about customization and prefer a more conservative style home then this is the place for you. Splurge on over 500+ styles and 850+ types of fabrics/leathers! $$$$

Upcountry: another one of my fave stores! The showroom is massive and very well organized - instead of the furniture categorized by types, they have it setup and coordinated into mini demo rooms. There are lots of high gloss pieces, sectional sofas and beautiful stained wood tables. Their stuff is typically bigger so more suited for house owners or large condos/lofts. $$$$

Love this post? Check out our shopping list for Home Decor & Accessories for your condo and small home!

37 comments:

  1. Great list!
    If you're going to invest in something it should be furniture. It should last you a loooong time.

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  2. Thanks guys! It makes me want to go shopping!!!

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  3. Thanks for this! We live in a house but it isn't large so we look for condo-size furniture.

    Michelle

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  4. Great post! Love the details and the $$-signs are a huge help!

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  5. I'm proud of this list, Lisa! You've done your homework. I'd also recommend "A Special Place" in the Castlefield Design District, as well as InDesign on King St. East.

    Note: I've had a bad experience at UpCountry, so be warned people! ;) - Dave

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  6. This was all actually Wendy! She put together an amazing list.

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  7. This could be dangerous ... makes me want to go check these places out and do a little shopping of my own! Thanks for the lovely list.

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  8. Thanks for all the compliments everyone! I know when I started my furniture shopping adventures I really had to be resourceful and dig around so I hope this is of big help. Let us know what you buy and send photos of your pimped out cribs! We'll love to see them. :)

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  9. This is a perfect list for newlyweds!
    So many of them first move into "starter homes" that are usually an apartment, condo or even a townhouse.

    With this list, a small space doesn't mean you have to skimp on style!!

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  10. This is a great list!

    I also recommend "Dreams" on Spadina. Just bought an amazing storage bed there recently. (extremely small space friendly since it eliminates the need for a dresser)

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  11. And here is a good article on the Top 5 ways to make your condo look more expensive
    http://www.thestar.com/article/831369--top-5-ways-to-make-your-condo-look-more-expensive

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  12. EQ3 gets bonus points for being Canadian! All their upholstered furniture is made right here in Canada :)

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    1. not such great quality unfortunately

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    2. All our sofas and sofa beds, as well as a majority of our recliners, are Canadian made. The hardware comes from Germany. Absolutely great quality.

      We sell tons of sofa beds to the elderly living above our showroom in the Manulife apartments. The foam is high-density mattress quality, and the sofa bed has been ergonomically designed to support your back and spine.

      Lastly, they are perfect for condos - super clean and minimalistic. We're working on a new website but have a small sample collection up at www.nirvanahome.ca.


      Full disclosure: I am the VP here at Nirvana Home Collection.

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  13. I just heard that Visitor Parking is moving location - out to North York?

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    1. Is this true? Has anyone heard anything about where Visitor Parking is located now?

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  14. This is a really good list!

    @WendyKM you should check out Modern Sensibility. They offer modern well priced, functional and transforming furniture pieces. Perfect for condos who don't want to sacrifice on style.

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  15. What about DesignRepublic on Queen at Bathurst? They're fantastic!

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    1. Just wondering about the end tables in the pictures on the bottom row. I love them! Could someone tell me where they can be found, and what they are called?

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  16. Thanks for the suggestions for Design Republic (bought my dining set there) and Modern Sensibility. Added them both to our list!

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  17. Thank you for this list, I live in northern Ontario and just bought my first home, West Elm is my FAVE!!!

    Thanks for the blog!

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  18. Hey, great list ! For furniture lovers - just saw Ante Furniture and Lighting opening another store on Front East, beside Rogers.

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  19. Visitor Parking has closed down it's Toronto store.

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  20. Wendy - you should think about adding Stylegarage (Queen St. West)to this list. They specialize in smaller-scaled modern furniture. They have their own line of custom furniture which can be made to your own dimensions, and they are Toronto's largest dealer of Gus* Modern.

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  21. Hey I just wanted to add on to this list. If you need good office furniture in Toronto for your home & or work office check out http://www.torontoofficefurniture.com/ I just bought a few really good work desks from them.I purchased the Height Adjustable Desk, Makes my life so much better.

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  22. We founded a great store that sell Murphy beds at 850 King street West near Liberty Village in Toronto. BOFF Wall Bed is a manufacturer and they sell murphy beds, closets, and complete home office furnitures directly to the publics.

    Great for Condo living !!

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  23. Hi, I am selling my carefully used one year old furniture that I bought from Brick . The furniture is available at 50% off right now. So if anyone is interested please call on 416 98 3401. Thanks

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  24. Equilibrium on Dundas street.

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  25. Nice list Wendy! We just bought a sweet sofa bed from these guys... perfect for our tiny Toronto condo:
    www.thesofabedstore.com
    Also for the high end condo furniture lovers, definitely check out:
    www.team7furniture.com
    Agree with the above post about Style Garage!

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  26. I would add CB2's sibling the original crate&barrel to the list. I have my eye on some sofas, bar cabinets, rugs etc. there.

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  27. there is an online post that Visitor Parking defrauded it's customers and vendors?

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  28. Buyer Beware! Modern Sensibility couch came apart before our eyes. After one month half of the seams were unraveled. They wouldn't refund our money but offered us an exchange. Second Valencia couch did the exact same thing, but now they claim it is due to improper use. When I stopped at the store recently I noticed both of their floor models where starting to unravel as well. Please don't waste your money!!!!

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  31. Great article! You can also check out Fetchpad.com (Fetchpad) - a local furniture search engine populated by products from local shops in Toronto! Now you can window shop from home instead of having to go store-to-store to find what you want. Hope that helps!

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