6 Home Holiday Tips That Make Space For Living

The holiday season brings festive joy and the opportunity to entertain houseguests.

While this time of year is enjoyable, it can also be stressful and hectic if your home lacks the kind of decorative touches and features that will really leave a positive impression on guests.

One of your worries may be over your home’s inadequate accommodations for overnight guests. Perhaps you’re just wishing your home decor had a more appealing sense of style and character.

Is dealing with that ever-present excess clutter that needs to disappear before your guests arrive wearing you down?

Try using some of these home holiday tips to make your house a more inviting space this festive season (and year-round).

1. Convert a spare room or office into a guest room with a wall bed

One of the home holiday tips worth considering is to create a comfortable guest room using the spare room in your house.

The best way to accomplish this is by having a space-saving custom wall bed (also known as a Murphy bed) installed.

Wall beds fold up when they’re not needed, which allows them to be used in smaller spaces. You could even incorporate this guest space into your home office.

Organized Interiors can custom-fit your wall bed to the exact requirements of your space, either as a standalone unit or as part of a beautiful custom cabinetry unit.

As these instructions explain, they’re easy to use and every bit as comfortable as sleeping on a conventional bed.

The convenience and comfort of a wall bed in your cozy guest room will ease your mind, knowing your overnight guests are well taken care of with this high quality sleeping surface.

2. Impress your houseguests with classy custom bar cabinetry

Custom bar cabinetry adds a touch of class to any space. Your holiday houseguests will be impressed by one of the many elegant custom bar cabinetry designs available from Organized Interiors.

Our design experts can create a bar as part of a larger custom cabinetry unit, mini-bars for smaller spaces, and island-style bars. Whichever design you choose will enhance the decor and entertaining capabilities of your home.

bar cabinetry home holiday tips

3. Add beautifully crafted custom wine cabinetry

Any good holiday gathering inevitably involves the enjoyment of some quality wines.

If you’re a collector who hasn’t yet invested in a high quality wine storage system for your home, consider the benefits of choosing custom wine cabinetry.

Regardless of your available space and the size of your wine collection, Organized Interiors has the ideal wine storage solution for you.

For larger collections, we can create a beautifully designed walk-in closet wine cellar or a wine cellar room that can also function as a unique spot for entertaining holiday guests.

Smaller wine collections are perfect for our reach-in wine closet design. They’re ideal for keeping your bottles stored in the optimal dark lighting conditions, while taking up little space in your home.

4. Add a modern electric fireplace to enhance room ambiance

Adding an electric fireplace is one of the home holiday tips that’s guaranteed to boost the ambiance of any room. Any room featuring one is sure to be a popular space for your holiday guests.

Modern electric fireplaces give you the charm and appeal of a roaring fire without any of the mess and headaches of wood burning fireplaces. And you’ll still enjoy the pleasant heat that radiates from the fireplace’s energy efficient ceramic heating system.

home holiday tips entertainment unit fireplace

5. Add a stylish entertainment unit

Some of these home holiday tips can be incorporated into the design of a stylish entertainment unit.

A customized entertainment unit becomes the focal point of any room where holiday guests are gathered. Your bar and fireplace, along with your audio and video equipment, can all be housed in a custom-fit entertainment unit.

There are a wealth of entertainment unit design options to choose from, such as lighting features and wood finishes.

6. Control your clutter with helpful organization and storage solutions

Nothing worries a homeowner who’s entertaining guests more than how tidy their home is.

Even with the aesthetic improvements that the ideas in these home holiday tips bring to any space, their benefits will be offset by the presence of excess clutter.

Stuffing clutter into closets before guests arrive isn’t a practical option. Keep your home clutter manageable with useful organization and storage solutions that make this an easy task.

Custom closet organizers and our bedroom storage solutions are your best tools for the job of consistently keeping your home tidy.

Home holiday tips that help year-round

These six home holiday tips will serve you well during the festive season. More importantly, they’ll add enhanced functionality to your home on a year-round basis.

Stop by our huge Vaughan showroom to learn more about these and other home improvement ideas. One of our design experts would be happy to visit your home to discuss your design ideas and aspirations.

Just schedule your free in-home consultation.

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8 Amazing Benefits of Owning a Space-Saving Wall Bed

One might think that the idea for a Murphy bed (also known as a wall bed) originated with the man it’s named after, William Murphy.

In fact, while it was Murphy’s folding bed design that became popular in the early 1900s, foldaway wall beds had actually been around in various forms for a few decades before that.

Since then, they’ve come quite a long way in terms of style, safety, and functionality. In smaller living spaces, space-saving wall beds are particularly useful.

Here are eight great benefits that custom wall beds can bring to your home.

space-saving wall bed in a condo

1. Wall beds save you a lot of space

In micro-condos and tiny apartments, wall beds are essential because of how little space they take up. Even in larger living areas, a space-saving wall bed unit can be quite convenient to have.

By utilizing the unused vertical space on one of your walls, a wall bed takes up very little room and won’t be in the way when you’re not using it.

Simply pull the bed down out of the wall when you or your houseguests are ready to retire for the night. In the morning, the bed easily folds up to free up a significant portion of floor space.

2. A genuine Murphy bed is the highest quality wall bed available

Generic terms are commonly used to refer to certain types of products. For example, words like “kleenex”, “zipper”, “thermos”, and “aspirin” are used by most of us to describe similar products that may not actually bear these trademarked names. There’s a good reason that this happens.

The Murphy bed is no different. While you can find various brands of wall beds available, this unique piece of integrated furniture is most commonly known as a “Murphy bed”. That’s because of the industry leader reputation that Murphy beds have had for around a century now.

Organized Interiors only sells genuine, high quality Murphy beds. Along with a lifetime guarantee on the bed’s hardware and its durable design, a Murphy bed is also the most comfortable modern wall bed you’ll ever sleep in.

3. Enjoy the safe, ease-of-use a wall bed offers

You may be wondering how easy it is to open and close a wall bed. The innovative spring system our Murphy beds are designed with makes it very simple to open and close the bed. They’re also very safe to use.

Read our wall bed usage guide or watch the following video demonstration:

4. A space-saving wall bed is as comfortable as a conventional bed

Rest assured that a space-saving wall bed comes with a high quality coil mattress that is every bit as comfortable as sleeping in a conventional bed.

Your houseguests will certainly appreciate the comfortable sleep they’ll experience on it. Sleeping on an air mattress, rolling cot, or pull-out sofa bed just doesn’t compare.

To test drive the comfort of a wall bed for yourself, visit Organized Interiors’ 10,000 square foot showroom. You can also see just how effortless a wall bed is to open and close.

5. Customize your wall bed to fit your needs

Our designers can customize your wall bed to satisfy your tastes and needs, such as including a pull-out nightstand. These are some of the other custom options available:

  • single, double, or queen-sized wall beds available
  • can be designed as an individual unit or as part of a larger custom cabinetry unit
  • various wood finishes to choose from
  • open and closed storage options available (such as shelving or incorporating storage for pillows and blankets into the headboard)
  • add built-in lighting for accent or reading purposes

6. Murphy beds look great and complement your home’s decor

The high level of customization that a Murphy bed comes with means our designers will be able to create a unit that nicely complements your home’s decor, whether the bed is open or closed.

A wall bed can be designed to fold up into a beautifully crafted cabinet unit that remains functional during the day while the bed isn’t needed.

7. Wall beds create a multi-purpose space in your home

Almost any room in your home will see its versatility greatly improved by becoming a multi-purpose guest room with a space-saving wall bed. In particular, your home office can easily become a cozy bedroom for houseguests by adding a wall bed.

Home office and spare bedroom with space-saving wall bed

8. Wall beds keep providing value even when you decide to move

Even when you decide to move, wall beds will keep providing value. When moving time comes, Organized Interiors can disassemble your wall bed and transport it to your new residence, where we’ll reassemble it.

Or if you decided to leave the wall bed behind when you move, its value can be factored into the resale value of your house, condo, or apartment. Don’t wait any longer when it comes to maximizing the space in your home.

Book your free in-home consultation today, where one of design experts can answer any questions you might have about wall beds and where one can work best in your home.

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Spare Room Ideas: Convert Yours To A Home Office & Guest Room

Space can be at a premium in small homes and condos. Perhaps you find yourself craving a proper home office space, but have overnight guests on a regular enough basis to make you reluctant to change the design of your guest bedroom.

Maybe you have an existing home office space and only have guests stay over a few times a year, but their sleeping accommodations could be improved.

One of the best spare room ideas is to turn your extra room into a multipurpose home office and guest room.

Add a practical, space-saving wall bed to your spare room

A practical wall bed will be one of the key components of your new multipurpose room. Wall beds are also referred to as “Murphy beds” and their biggest benefit is how much space they’ll save you. During the day, the wall bed folds up, creating plenty of floor space. When it’s needed, the wall bed easily unfolds for use.

If your idea of a wall bed involves antiquated images of thin, ugly mattresses and creaky mechanisms, you’ll be surprised at how far they’ve advanced. The modern quality wall bed is stylish and just as comfortable as any other bed.

They’re also a much nicer sleeping option for your guests than makeshift arrangements that has them sleeping on a pullout sofa, futon, cot, or an air mattress on the floor.

Custom wall beds can be built as an individual unit or as part of a larger custom cabinetry unit. You can enjoy the benefits of open shelving, drawers, and built-in lighting in the beautifully crafted cabinetry unit whether the wall bed is down or up.

Depending on your needs, you can choose from a single, double, or queen-sized wall bed. The hardware on our wall beds also comes with a lifetime warranty.

A wall bed creates an instant guest room in a condo.

A wall bed creates an instant guest room in a condo.

Include a closet organizer for your guests’ comfort

If you have guests that stay for lengthier visits than just one night, a closet organizer will help them feel more at home, especially if they’ve brought more than one suitcase. A closet organizer will make it easier for guests to manage their wardrobe during their stay.

And if you’re not entertaining guests for awhile, you can take advantage of the closet organizer’s helpful storage features for temporarily storing some of your extra wardrobe.

Spare room ideas: keep your office supplies organized and hidden

Your dual-purpose office/guest room needs to be kept organized. This makes using it on a daily basis easier and it will require minimal cleanup when houseguests require the space.

Use elegantly designed customized cabinetry for the office to keep all of your office supplies and belongings organized and out of sight.

custom closets and cabinetry

Add some final cozy touches to your multipurpose space

Along with these main design elements of your multipurpose room, add a few tasteful and cozy touches to the space. A rug, fresh plants, and artwork are well-suited to both guest rooms and home offices and add a nice touch of warmth.

Use these spare room ideas to create a multipurpose room and maximize your home’s space. Your guests will definitely appreciate the comfortable surroundings you’ve thoughtfully provided for them!

One of our design consultants will be happy to meet with you in your home to discuss your spare room ideas, so book your free consultation today.

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How To Maximize Space In A Micro-Condo With Custom Cabinetry

When putting together a home sweet home, oftentimes it’s not the amount of space you have, but how you use your space that matters.

That’s why the newest housing trend, micro-condos, is becoming more and more popular in Toronto and other Canadian cities.

Micro-condos are units that are typically smaller than 400 square feet. Sounds tiny, right? Well, they’re increasingly becoming an attractive option for a wide array of homebuyers, especially in this time of soaring housing prices.

Young professionals, students, first-time buyers, and even people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s looking to dramatically downsize their living arrangements are realizing the benefits of inhabiting these uniquely designed modern spaces.

Micro-condos are often built downtown, which lets owners and renters easily get around the city by walking. They also force people to get organized. Why? Because living in a cluttered micro-condo simply doesn’t work.

That’s where expertly designed organization solutions like custom cabinetry, wall beds, and closet organizers can help maximize the limited space you have available.

Custom kitchen cabinetry for storing coffee and tea supplies.

Use your small space efficiently with custom cabinetry

Significantly downsizing your number of possessions is an essential when you decide to try micro-condo living. A great way to manage the belongings you do keep is by installing custom cabinetry.

Custom cabinetry can be installed in your living room/sleeping area or kitchen. When installed by professionals, custom cabinetry will fit your cozy space perfectly, allow you to stay organized, and add beauty to your mini-condo’s appearance.

Make the most of your closet space with a closet organizer

Closet space in a mini-condo is at a premium, so why not make the most of yours? A closet organizer is the best option for maximizing your closet’s organizational potential.

By designing it to your space’s exact specifications, our experts can provide you with a closet organization solution that will help keep your micro-condo clutter-free.

Consider your wall bed options

Wall beds are tailor-made for small condos because they fold up into your wall when not in use, usually allowing for the use of other furniture.

While micro-condos typically come with a wall bed installed, you might not be satisfied with the comfort level you’re getting out of it.

Or perhaps you have guests who stay overnight regularly enough to justify adding another wall bed to your micro-condo, if space allows. Organized Interiors can help.

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Micro-condos might be small, but they can still provide the same functionality as a larger living space and be just as organized with the right customized designs.

If you’re a micro-condo dweller or planning a move to one, book a free in-home consultation to help you get the most of your small space.

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Space-Saving Murphy Beds Are Back

When you hear the term Murphy bed or wall bed you might picture a small, springy mattress tucked behind a closet door.

You probably cringe at the thought of trying to sleep on such an uncomfortable surface.

Murphy beds, however, have come a long way in recent years, and they are showing up in smaller houses and condos once more for good reason.

Murphy bed

Not your mother’s Hide-A-Bed

In her article featured in The Globe and Mail last year writer, Ellen Himelfarb describes the new slick designs as, “Not your mother’s hide-a-bed, to be sure.” She noted the demand for Murphy beds is increasing.

Versatile design is key

New designs have transformed the Murphy bed into a space-saving, stylish and comfortable addition to one’s home. Murphy beds are now designed to look great whether they’re in use, or tucked away.

Reclaim your space

Wall beds help you reclaim your space. If you live in a tiny condo, a Murphy bed is essentially a must-have. Unlike regular beds, Murphy beds take up no space during the day.

You can design a workroom, a work out area, dining room, office or even a living room around a Murphy bed. Use the space the way you want to during the day.

When it’s time to go to sleep, simply pull down your bed and enjoy resting on a high-quality, comfortable mattress.

The right fit

When guests come to stay, they’ll never guess that there’s a bed hiding behind your beautiful cabinetry.

The newest wall bed designs can be customized to fit right into your home’s style. This ensures your wall bed enhances your overall design.

Easy to operate wall bed

Easy-peasy to operate

The latest wall beds are easy to lift and pull down. “And they don’t take 500 pounds of person-power to stow away,” Himelfarb wrote.

Companies now offer beds designed with ease of use in mind. Organized Interiors’ wall beds, for example feature an innovative spring system that makes both lifting and lowering the bed a breeze. And safe!

When you live in a small space, the Murphy bed simply makes the most sense.