5 Tips For Turning Your Small Space From Funky to Functional

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5 Tips For Turning Your Small Space From Funky to Functional

Is your space feeling more cramped than usual? Are you constantly tripping over furniture? Knocking over house plants? You don’t have to live this way! Turn your funky small space into functional space.


Turn your small space into a functional one with these 5 tips:

1. Focus on the purpose of the room

Is this your bedroom? Guest room? A home office? Or maybe it’s a combination space? The key to turning a small space into a functional one is to decide what the space will be used for. This will determine what furniture you need. It will also help you get rid of anything that doesn’t serve the purpose of the room.

2. Free up floorspace

A quick way to make a small space feel cramped is to cover the floor with lots of bulky furniture. Turn empty walls into storage space to help get more things off of the floor. If you’re looking for a unique touch that will help free up space in your small room – take a look at this DIY floating string table from Monsters Circus.

3. Try exposed storage

Does it feel like the walls are closing in around you in your small space? It might be due to heavy wardrobes, dressers, or storage shelves. Keeping everything enclosed can leave your space feeling cramped. Create the illusion of space with exposed storage. It can be as simple as removing the doors to your built-in closet space. Your closet needs to be clutter-free in order for this to work!

4. Invest in multi-functional furniture

Need a desk for your home office, but also want to provide a bed for overnight guests? Don’t have a particularly high ceiling, but need somewhere to store a bed that’s out of the way? Look no further than a Murphy bed! They’re the perfect space saver that don’t force you to sacrifice on style. Murphy beds can transform your space into exactly what you need when you need it. Murphy beds can transform from a desk, shelving, or cabinet into a comfortable bed.

5. Keep it simple

Clashing colors and busy patterns do no favors for a small space. Simple yet structured patterns will help create a sense of calm and order. Lighter colors will help brighten up a small space while dark colors will make it feel smaller. Make sure to always go back to the purpose of the room when deciding what color palate and design elements to include.

Ready to turn your small space into a functional one? Set up an appointment with Smart Spaces today!

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Call Smart Spaces to schedule your FREE consultation and design! Turn your funky small space into FUNctional, today.
Five Tips for Surviving Holiday House Guests

Five Tips for Surviving Holiday House Guests

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Five Tips for Surviving Holiday House Guests

Everyone’s favorite time of the year is just around the corner! The holidays mean good food, fun traditions and quality time with loved ones. Who doesn’t love that?

The holidays also mean relatives from out of town invading your home, cramped spaces and long lines for the bathroom. The struggle is real during the holidays.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Whether you have a mountain cabin, a cozy home or a loft in the city, this holiday season is the perfect time to offer your guests more than an air mattress and your living room floor. Check out 5 space-saving tips for surviving holiday guests in your home.


1. Clear out the clutter

Whether you have a living room, basement or home office with a little extra room, holiday visitors are the perfect reason to declutter your space. Best-selling author, Mari Kondo, has amazing tips for clearing out clutter in your home. Freeing your space of extraneous piles will help you feel more prepared to take on holiday guests in your home. And the best part is that you can enjoy the benefits of an organized space all year round.


2. Save some room in the closet for luggage

Out of sight, out of mind. Make sure to leave space in a spare closet for your guest’s luggage. Your guests will feel more at home if they don’t have to live out of their suitcase, and your home will feel more spacious without suitcases taking up floorspace.


3. Invest in a murphy bed

Inflatable mattresses and sleeping bags aren’t going to cut it anymore. Your guests wake up grumpy after an uncomfortable night of sleep. You’re stuck tripping over the mattress or sleeping bag that remains strewn on the floor.

The Murphy bed is a game changer. Murphy beds can be transformed back into wall space, into a desk, or even a sofa. Cabinetry such as a closet cabinet can be added that allows you to transform your space to exactly what you need when you need it.


4. Make the most of vertical space

Your walls can help you save room when floor space is at a premium. Install closet cabinets with drawers and shelves so your guests can organize their belongings within reach without having to leave them all over the floor. This is especially helpful if your spare room or living space doesn’t feature any extra storage.


5. Keep things minimal

Less is definitely more when it comes to accommodating houseguests for the holidays. Make sure every piece of furniture you invest in serves multiple purposes – like a murphy bed. The best part is you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to save space.

If you’re ready to upgrade your space in time for the holidays, schedule your appointment with Smart Spaces today!

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Call Smart Spaces to schedule your FREE consultation and design! It's not too late to get ready for your guests this holiday season.

Smart Spaces Contributes to DU, International Solar Decathlon

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Smart Spaces Contributes to the Creative Use of Space by DU at the 2017 International Solar Decathlon

Smart Spaces Contributes to the Creative Use of Space by DU at the 2017 International Solar Decathlon, Berkeley & University of Denver team, Smart Spaces Murphy Bed Supports Solar Decathlon

Creative Use of Space by University of Denver at the 2017 International Solar Decathlon

Smart Spaces Contributes to the 2017 International Solar Decathlon

The mandate of the recent international Solar Decathlon held in Denver was to focus on homes designed to be “affordable, innovative and highly energy efficient.”  One of the ways that the student-led partnership between the University of Denver and UC-Berkeley showed their creativity was by using Murphy Wall Beds supplied by Denver’s own Smart Spaces.

Design Philosophy

The team designed RISE for Richmond’s urban infill lots. RISE stands for Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient, and can be used to describe the UC Berkeley/U of Denver’s design philosophy. Ready to scale to Richmond’s rapid, residential urbanization, this house design is community and transit oriented, focused on long-lasting, simple, and affordable infrastructure for the future. The simple but inviting structure includes large glass windows and doors on the south side, and the stepped-back structure and large stairwells promote community interaction. RISE is designed to be scalable and stackable, kind of like children’s blocks. The modular construction means that one, three, or five units can be built on a site, depending on the desired density. In addition, the post and beam structure directs loads through vertical elements, making the stacking process simple and flexible. Finally, RISE is efficient, designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption, to recover and reuse heat that is typically wasted in most houses, and to recycle greywater. The team also designed the house to be constructed efficiently, without specialized labor, so that local workers in Richmond can easily build the units.

About Smart Spaces:

Located at 1295 S. Santa Fe Drive in Denver, Smart Spaces has designed and manufactured Murphy Beds, home offices and custom closets since 2004. Their 7500 square foot facility includes a two-story showroom with over 30 floor models on display.  In addition to donating the Murphy Beds and cabinetry, Smart Spaces also gave some hands-on instruction on woodworking to the students, adding another skill to the ones learned by them throughout their 2-year-long project.

Part of the DU-CU-Berkeley bedroom design included moving walls on tracks so that during the day, not only did the vertical beds close up against the wall, but the actual walls moved in towards the bed, allowing over 350 more cubic feet for the communal living area.

DU-UC-Berkeley ended up third out of thirteen in the competition, narrowly beaten out of second place by the University of Maryland. Their house is going to Denver Habitat for Humanity, which plans to install the project on a temporary lot while they prepare a permanent lot for the house. After installation on its permanent lot, the home will be sold to a family in need.

> Read more about this event: https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2017/competition-team-uc-berkeley_u-denver.html
> Visit the International Solar Decathlon Team Website: https://solardecathlon.berkeley.edu/
> Check out Smart Spaces Economical Murphy Bed Design Gallery: http://smartspaces.com/projects/simple-murphy-bed-design-styles/

Check out the project and see our Murphy Bed installed!

Are We the Best Murphy Bed Store?

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The Best Murphy Bed Showroom

Yes, we think that you’ll agree Smart Spaces is the best showroom,
as well as the largest Murphy bed showroom!

How to price a Murphy Bed at Smart Spaces

Smart Spaces is the price leader for the quality, service, installation, and support. Do we sell the cheapest possible product at the lowest price? NO!

  • Do we pay any franchise fees? NO!
  • Do we ONLY offer the highest quality of materials? YES!
  • Do we have the MOST space design experience? YES!
  • Do we offer a great warranty? YES!
  • Do we offer the HIGHEST level of product customizations? YES!
  • Do we have the LARGEST Murphy Bed & Wall Bed showroom? YES!
  • Do we pay for commissioned designers? NO!
  • Your prices DO generally include: delivery, installation, a high-quality mattress and an extensive choice of handles.

Best Murphy Bed Service for sales, design, installation

Always ask if your furniture is made locally. It’s really important!

Our unique, on-site manufacturing allows extensive customization. We assure that you will receive personalized service, professional, experienced designers and that we are dedicated to customer satisfaction.

You can always call us if you ever need the furniture moved or fixed in some way after it’s installed.

Best selection of Murphy Beds. Best selection of Murphy bed hardware. Best selection for Murphy bed styles.

Come check out our 5,000 sq. ft. showroom in south-central Denver. On display are over 30 models and designs and user-friendly information about every aspect of our Murphy Beds. You will learn about different types of wood, wood veneers, thermofoils and melamines as well as other incredible laminates. Check out our Murphy Bed spring-loaded mechanism, and see the widest array of accessories, upgrades, and the Murphy Bed installation process.

You have a choice of Therapedic mattresses – inner spring, pillow top or gel foam. Countertops are available in laminate, solid surface, or granite.

Need more options or have different ideas? Bring them in!

Best quality Murphy bed materials. Best quality Murphy bed mechanism. Best quality Murphy bed hardware.

Customers’ first question when they walk into our showroom—is about the type of quality we offer over the competition. Everything we use is first class. Our Murphy Bed mechanism, our materials, our mattress—ONLY THE BEST. In addition, our warranty models that of other, high quality furniture stores.

Our employees are full time, not subcontractors, and they both manufacture as well as install our furniture. With years of experience, they are well prepared to think on their feet and come up with solutions to on-site installation challenges.

Smart Spaces has over 4,000 installations—which means that we know what we’re doing. On-site manufacturing including our accumulated experience translates to customization, flexibility and great communication between you and your designer.

What our Customers Say About Our Murphy Beds & Us:


Had our first house guests this weekend, and we were excited to have the best Murphy Bed installed, by Smart Spaces, in time for them to use. Having a Murphy Bed allows us to more effectively use our small space for a play room for the majority of the time, and for guests to use when in town.

Jennifer W., Denver

Smart Spaces Murphy Bed Store did a fantastic job working with me on the perfect design. The installers were professional and efficient. The quality of the materials and mattress are wonderful!

Lynn L., Denver

Deborah was very helpful at the Denver Home Show earlier this year. She walked us through options and we purchased a Murphy Bed from Smart Spaces. Steve came to our house to assemble the bed and was very professional. He installed the bed quickly and was a pleasure to work with. Would recommend to anyone. Thanks!

John B., Denver

ASTOUNDING customer service from Smart Spaces. Awesome products. I couldn’t be more impressed… so I asked them how I could leave a review? No prompting required. From the very first phone call with Jennifer, for information about Murphy Beds—to the excellent install by Jonah & James—my experience has been absolutely great. I can’t remember being so happy with a transaction. These folks are the best, and their product is, too. Thank you so much.

Tim C., Jefferson

The entire experience with Smart Spaces has been wonderful and we couldn’t be more pleased! It is as though we have a whole other room to our small condo. We now have a beautiful office with a couch for reading and a Murphy Bed for guests. The quality and style is both top notch and beautiful. Steve and Deb gave us personalize attention and the install went very smoothly. We have never met more professional and courteous guys. I have already recommended them to friends. Thank you.

Sally & Jim K., Aspen

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Smart Spaces is the LARGEST Murphy Bed & Wall Bed Showroom AND Manufacturing Facility in Colorado

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New Customer Satisfaction Survey

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You recently chose Smart Spaces for your custom furniture purchase. It is our goal to follow up and ensure that every aspect of the sale and installation process exceeds your expectations. As a valued customer, your opinions are important to us. Please take a moment and rate your total experience shopping with us at Smart Spaces.

Customer Experience Feedback Survey:

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The answers you provided will help us to improve our processes and make our customer’s experiences even better.

Your Team at Smart Spaces