Thursday, August 18, 2016

Furniture For Your Condo

By Wendy Kam Marcy

I posted this list in 2010 when I bought my first condo... now I'm on condo number three (and married with a rambunctious toddler)!

Choosing to raise our family in downtown King West, I know all about maximizing small spaces. If you recall Toronto Life's cover story 2 summers ago, that was my little family featured in an article called "Condo Generation".

When it comes to furniture shopping, the experience can be overwhelming and frustrating - not to mention, the huge dent it puts in your wallet. So here's my updated list of places (beyond Ikea!) that I found during my own quest to seek out stylish furniture that is of good quality, design and reasonably priced. Happy Shopping!

KROFT+CO: designs and makes beautiful handcrafted furniture right here in Toronto. Condo dwellers and small home owners will especially appreciation their collection of bedroom, dining and living room furniture with clean lines and modern finishes. They also meticulously customize pieces. Get 10% off here. $$$

Design Republic: my fave store because 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. I bought most of my living room furniture here and they made me a cool custom wooden bench! $$$

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 double-duty furniture and sale items too! $$

Urbanmode: a hidden gem and another one of my favourite shops. 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. $$

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. Conveniently located in condo land on the corner of Queen West & Bathurst. $$

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. Multiple locations with well layed out showrooms and helpful staff. $$

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 classic place to find all your chocolate brown and taupe colour furniture with lots of nice matching home accessories. $$

West Elm: a lot like EQ3 with multiple locations, 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. $$$$

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. $$$

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

42 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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  32. Oh thanks for the lists. I am planning to move and the pieces looks great. To add on the lists,
    Matelas Bonheur Thanks xx

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  33. Actually a living room furniture depend on the choice of the owner. Personally I like classic and stylish furniture like a leather recliner. Nowadays recliners are considered as popular living room furniture. Please take a review on the top rated recliners.

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  34. finally a great article on some inexpensive toronto spots! going to try this out tomorrow with my fiancé!

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  35. Thank you so much for sharing this list!

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