Remember those awkward and ugly pieces of furniture that were in your grandparent’s house? You know the ones — the small seat and attached mini-table, where the telephone was located. The hutch that was only able to hold a few tea cups and nothing else. The television stand that had no place to store the remote or the VHS tapes.
Those pieces of furniture didn’t match any of the other furniture pieces in the room, they were really uncomfortable, and they were totally out of style — but it was forgivable because they had a purpose. They had a job and were functional.
Today, furniture with function doesn’t have to be utilitarian and uninspired. Now, functional furniture is beautifully designed and offers incredible storage benefits.
Here are some of the Smitty’s team’s favourite pieces of functional furniture.
Ottomans with Secret Storage
Storage ottomans come in all shapes, sizes, and fabrics. They are extremely handy to store useful items in your living room that you may not want on display. Now, instead of trying to dig your remote out from between your sofa cushions, you can place it neatly inside your ottoman!
Depending on your lifestyle, ottomans can be a comfortable place to rest your feet while relaxing on the sofa, or they can act as a low table for a tray with decor items.
Available in a range of widths and heights, be sure to check your space before shopping. You want to be sure it will fit in your living room and won’t get in the way of your other furniture.
Lift-Top Coffee Tables
Lift-top coffee tables have changed everything. This innovative design allows you to have hidden storage, visible storage, and a functional surface area.
This lift-top table looks exactly like a regular coffee table until you raise the easy-to-use surface. The table will then provide you with a great desk for working, a table for eating while watching your favourite show, or a surface to play a game. It’s an amazingly versatile piece of furniture for your living room!
Available in a variety of styles and finishes, these cleverly-designed coffee tables are terrific space savers.
It’s great to have your glassware, beverage accessories, and bottles handy — and what better way than to store them in a beautifully crafted console.
Available in an array of styles with solid wood or glass doors, glassware shelving, and bottle shelving, these are not your parents’ hutches.
Stylish and functional, these consoles offer an easy way to stay engaged with your company, while preparing a beverage. No more leaving the room and missing out on the conversation, the movie, or the game.
Smitty’s has an array of functional furniture to choose from. Come and visit us today to see how we can help you make your space look stylish and functional!
Now that the cooler weather is here, we are spending more time inside. November is a great time to relax in the living room or study, host guests, read, and enjoy the great indoors. The question is: do you have enough seating for everyone and are you comfortable with the seating you do have?
There are more accent chair options than ever before and sometimes it can be overwhelming.
Here are Smitty’s top accent chair choices:
There are so many benefits to owning a zero-gravity chair that it’s hard to know where to begin.
Zero-gravity chairs were originally invented by NASA to help astronauts avoid the physical stress of liftoff. Now, this incredible technology has made its way into our homes.
These remarkably comfortable chairs are versatile and can help with a host of ailments.
Reclining in a Palliser Zero-Gravity Chair can help you:
Reduce swelling in your legs
Reduce pressure on your vertebrae and spine
Increase blood flow to your heart and improve circulation, by reclining with your legs over your head
Reduce the pressure of gravity on your muscles and bones
Palliser’s Zero-Gravity chairs are customizable and come in a range of fabrics and leathers to suit any room in your home.
Swivel chairs are on trend. They are designed to appear like regular accent chairs, but they are so much more. Decor-Rest and Hooker swivel chairs are super comfortable and great for:
Placing by a window to take in a view
Placing in a room with several focal points (e.g. a fireplace, a window, a coffee table)
Placing in a room to create two distinct focal areas (e.g. can turn to face the sofa and then turn towards a television in the opposite direction)
Swivel chairs are available in a range of styles, fabrics, and colours — and some even recline.
These are not your father’s recliners. Recliners come in a variety of styles, from modern to traditional, and they can be customized with a wide array of fabrics and leathers.
Reclining in a Leathercraft Recliner can help:
Reduce pressure and pain on your lower back
Reduce swelling in your legs and ankles
Assist with overall circulation
Leathercraft designs and builds gorgeous leather recliners in styles from classic to contemporary.
A Chair for Everyone
Whether you’re redecorating your space, replacing a worn out chair, or adding seating to accommodate guests for the upcoming holiday season, we have a chair for everyone.
It’s that time of year again, time to start preparing for the holiday season — and time to start thinking about where everyone will sleep.
Are you tired of pumping up inflatable mattresses for guests?
Are you tired of arguing with your children about how kicking them out of their rooms
is no big deal for a couple of nights?
Are you tired of breaking your back by moving furniture around to
try and create sleeping options for guests?
Smitty’s has the solution to all these concerns. Our sofa beds and sofa bed ottomans will reduce your stress and host your guests with ease.
Sofa beds are a great addition to any home. They’re perfect for hosting guests, they’re easy to use, and they’re comfortable and stylish.
These convertible sofas aren’t enormous like they used to be. Function and form now go hand-in-hand and pieces are available with low profile sides and mechanisms hidden from view.
The flexibility of this dual-function furniture is that it can be used in many rooms in your home. It doesn’t have to be limited to just the living room. Sofa beds are great additions to rec rooms, children’s bedrooms, and dens.
Brands like Superstyle, Simmons, and Trend-line offer a range of customizable sofa beds to suit any style, and you can select your arm, leg, and fabric to make it uniquely your own.
Sofa Bed Ottomans
We know what you’re thinking...sofa bed ottoman? Wow! That’s really cool. Yes, they are.
These trendy and functional ottomans can serve as a central focal point, useable space, or footrest, and then transform into a comfortable bed for guests.
The latest trend in furniture, these compact sofa bed ottomans are simple to use, sturdy, and will house overnight guests with ease. Select brands are also customizable, so you can design your ottoman to suit your existing decor.
Sectionals have come a long way in the last few decades. Sectional seating is versatile and comes in a variety of styles to provide comfortable seating for everyone in your family — and for guests too!
What is a sectional?
The sectional sofa came to be in the Victorian era. People would push together two or more sofas to make one long seating area. Then, in the 1950s, modern design updated the look to include the L-shape and built-in sofa beds. Finally, in the 21st century, the design was updated to include recliners and built-in storage.
Sectionals are now available in a huge range of styles, sizes, and variations — this makes them a great choice for living rooms, rec rooms, and home theatre rooms.
What kind of sectional should I get?
There are many questions to ask yourself when considering a sectional, these include:
What is the layout and size of your space?
Are you intending to use the sectional as a room divider?
How many people need to fit on the sectional?
Do you want reclining or stationary seating?
What sort of fabric do you prefer?
Sectional Shapes & Styles
Sectionals come in a wide variety of shapes and configurations, including:
L-Shape 1: one side of the sectional extends outward beyond the depth of the seating area (similar to a chaise)
L-Shape 2: two areas of seating are joined making an L without an area extending
U-Shape: the seating is arranged with two areas extending on either side of the central seating area
Semi-Circular: the seating area is curved
Sectionals are also available in a range of styles. Popular styles include:
Contemporary and Modern: shorter profiles, crisp lines, and angular finishes
Traditional: higher profiles, curved arms or backs, and rounded finishes
Cottage and Coastal: skirted bottom fabric, thickly padded cushions, and throw cushion accents
At Smitty’s, we carry a wide selection of sectionals and we offer a huge range of customizable options. Our expert decorators will assist you in selecting the perfect size and shape for your space and will guide you through the process of choosing the fabric and finishes to make it your own.
Amisco is a Quebec-based furniture company that designs and produces quality furniture with a contemporary look and feel. Made from solid wood and steel construction, Amisco’s dining furniture is durable and beautiful.
Dining tables and chairs have changed a lot in the last decade. The traditional rectangular or round table was typically finished in a simple, sometimes uninspired, way — more function over form. This uninteresting table would, traditionally, be accompanied by four to six identical hardback chairs. That’s it. That’s all.
Now, dining tables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are tons of finishes, colours, and materials to choose from. It’s about both function and form. You can also accompany your dining table with a mix of styles of chairs — they don’t all have to match. You can select different chairs for the heads of the table, different sizes or finishes, or even select a bench to run along one side of your table!
Easy ways to update your dining room
It’s easier than ever before to update your dining room without breaking your bank, or redesigning your home.
Amisco has designed a huge array of dining tables and chairs that run from urban sleek to rustic farmhouse, and come in a variety of sizes and heights. You can select a dining table and chairs, or a pub table with stools, or and you can mix and match table bases and table tops. The selection is enormous!
Amisco also makes several lines of extendable dining tables. These tables open so easily that even one person can manage it, and once you add in the table leaves you can increase your table size by over two feet!
What’s even more clever is that the tables feature built-in leaf storage — no more trying to find a safe home for your table inserts so they don’t get scratched between uses.
Whether it’s wood, steel, or glass, Amisco has an amazing selection of tables and chairs that will make it easy for you to update your dining room exactly the way you want.
Visit Smitty’s and we’ll help you select the perfect Amisco dining furniture for your home.
Bermex is well known for their tagline, ‘Design It Your Way’, because that’s exactly what they specialize in doing.
Founded in Quebec, Bermex has become one of North America’s largest dining furniture manufacturers focused on producing personalized, quality, solid wood furniture. Their styles range from casual to formal, contemporary to traditional, American Country to French Country, and transitional to mix and match.
What is truly exceptional is that Bermex can offer customers dining furniture that can be finished in over 170 different finishes and in over 300 different fabrics, including leather. They also have over 400 chairs and bar stool models, and more than 80 table sizes. Whether you’re purchasing a complete dining room set, or a single bar stool, the flexibility that Bermex offers on their products is incredible.
Quality and environmentally-friendly construction
In order to achieve the highest quality results, Bermex maintains total control over the manufacturing process. From start to finish their expert builders are involved. With more than 500 employees and state-of-the-air technology, they are focused on quality.
Bermex also knows the importance of sustainability. Their tagline ‘Bermex furniture...made in harmony with environment’ is something they take seriously.
Green initiatives include:
For each tree that is cut down, a new plantation is done. This is an excellent way of ensuring the renewal of used resources!
Every necessary effort is done so the wood that is cut away during production of a Bermex furniture is used for creating marketing tools or other items.
All residues coming from different products used by the finishing department are 100% recycled by CHEMREC.
A structured planning process allows Bermex to ship furniture while minimizing the carbon gas emissions and fuel consumption.
Quality of Bermex furniture offers an optimum life span. This is a heritage that contributes to protecting your environment and that of following generations. To choose Bermex is an intelligent investment.
Smitty’s is proud to carry quality and eco-friendly brands like Bermex. Come and visit us to see the latest dining room furniture designs and explore how you can customize your dining room to make it truly your own.
July marks the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and in honour of this momentous occasion we are highlighting some of the top reasons to buy Canadian furniture.
At Smitty’s, we are proud of our roots and we know that there are many good reasons to purchase furniture that is made in Canada — here are a few of our favourites:
Canadians are expert furniture makers.
Canada has a long history of producing furniture. In fact, Canadian furniture originated with the first settlers and was made up of simple, handmade, and generally practical products. The first Canadian furniture company was established in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, in 1830.
Canadians have the expertise to produce solidly-crafted pieces. Brands like Brentwood, Decor-Rest, Amisco, and countless others, have decades of experience producing high-quality and fashionable furniture that is made in Canada.
Canadian furniture is quality furniture.
Brands like Durham, Future Fine Furniture, and many others, are focused on sustainability and being environmentally-friendly. Products are made with eco-friendly materials, including organic cotton fabrics and sustainably harvested maple, cherry, and ash. Many manufacturers also offer solid wood products — no veneer or particle board filled with synthetic glues. Other brands build products using soy-based polyfoam, which is free from harmful chemicals.
Canadian furniture is in style.
Canadian furniture is very much in style and on trend. We have internationally respected designers who are creating truly beautiful and comfortable furniture that is suitable for real life. Canadian designs range from classic to contemporary and can transform your space without breaking your budget.
Buying ‘Made in Canada’ furniture supports the Canadian economy.
The Canadian furniture industry is 97% Canadian-owned and employs more than 100,000 people across the country. We are the 5th largest exporter of furniture in the world and exported more than $5 billion in furniture products in 2015. Consumers looking for fashionable and quality furniture are turning to Canada.
Smitty’s Fine Furniture is proud to showcase Canadian furniture in our showrooms and galleries. As we say in our tagline, it’s ‘For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture’.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxing furniture and a place to unwind, Palliser has all the furniture you need.
With a wide range of sofas and sectionals, and their incredible line of high quality recliners and home theatre seating, Palliser is your go-to furniture brand for quality and comfort.
You can see this for yourself in the Palliser gallery at Smitty’s Fine Furniture, opening next month!
Smitty’s is excited to announce they will soon be home to The Palliser Gallery of furniture.
This exclusive gallery will feature the largest selection of Palliser in the region.
Smitty’s customers will have access to an amazing array of furniture, including the new Inspiration line and the luxury, powered, home theatre furniture.
There are many reasons to be excited, here are a couple of our favourites:
The Inspiration line offers fully customizable pieces unlike anything Palliser has offered in the past. For example, if you are interested in a Palliser sofa, you can select: the arm style, the leg height and shape, the sofa shape and size, and the fabric. In the Palliser Gallery, Smitty’s customers will be able to create the pieces they’ve always wanted, and with ease. It’s amazing!
Smitty’s will also offer the largest selection of Palliser Home Theatre Seating around! Renown for their exceptional quality of home theatre powered recliners, these incredibly comfortable seats are available in two-seat and three-seat varieties, and are available in a wide range of leathers, microfibres, and fabrics. Get your popcorn ready!
How Construction Makes a Difference in Your Furniture
Monday, January 2, 2017
At Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener and Hanover, we strongly believe in providing our customers with high quality, Canadian-made furniture. Our commitment to selling quality furniture is why we are passionate about well constructed furniture.
Pro Tip: A well-built piece of furniture makes all the difference. Well-built furniture is not just made to last, it’s also made to keep you and your family comfortable by employing the best construction techniques.
When it comes to the best furniture construction, it’s hard to beat Decor-Rest. Their furniture uses the following methods to create durable, long-lasting furniture of the highest comfort:
Hardwood frames are built using select North American maple or birch hardwood, corners are double-dowelled, corner blocked, glued and secured with screws. This method of construction will ensure you don’t have wobbly arms or backs on your furniture!
Reinforced webbing on the outside arm and outside back means greater value for you.
Stabilizer bars are used on the front and back rails for warp-free stability and exceptional durability.
Combine traditional hand-crafted expertise with advanced technology with only the best fabrics for quality and durability, and designs are above industry standard warranties.
Arms are padded for extra comfort and decks are fully covered and padded, demonstrating attention to detail.
All seating is sprung with 8-gauge no-sag sinuous spring construction, and all sofas and loveseats have sling spring for extra support — so when you sit in the corner of the sofa, you don’t fall in!
Environmental green soya foam is used in all Decor-Rest styles without chlorofluorocarbons and is highly resilient, abundant, domestically grown and sustainable.
These are just some of the ways that Decor-Rest produces high quality, incredibly comfortable and expertly built furniture that lasts.
By carrying these and other high quality, Canadian-made products, Smitty’s Fine Furniture ensures that our customers are only ever offered the best selection and can rest assured that their investment in great furniture will pay off for years to come.
Presenting a taste of Trendline's new Studio Collection.
Inspired by mid century modern era, clean lines and exposed, espresso finished legs. Not only is this collection available in sofa, loveseat, condo sofa and chair, but also a Left Hand Facing or Right Hand Facing Studio Sofa; a very interesting piece consisting of 2 cushions up, 2 cushions down, one arm and a bumper.
The perfect choice for quality, harmony and modern living, Trend-Line™ designs contemporary furniture for the way you live.
Why not visit Smitty's to view the large array of decorator fabrics suitable for any decor.