Design Tips

  • 4 Quick & Easy Storage Tips For Your Space

    Whether you’re living in a tiny apartment with limited space or in a sprawled-out home, storage is something we never seem to have enough of. Lately there has been a shift in focus towards smaller spaced living further reinforcing the importance of maximizing your space while tapping into smart and creative ways to achieve this. One of the most efficient ways is through proper storage and we’re pleased to offer a few tips.

    Tip 1: Don’t Underestimate Your Bed

    The bedroom is where you spend most of your time sleeping however, it’s also a great place for storage. Why not maximize your space by purchasing a storage bed?

    Although it may not be Feng Shui and some experts may cringe at the idea of storing items under your bed, if you are lacking space, a storage bed is an efficient way to save space and take control of your inventory. Ideal for small starter apartments, modern storage beds come in a range of designs from very basic with clean lines to more luxe, upholstered options. Enter Surplus Furniture & Mattress:

    This is a contemporary style luxurious chocolate finished three-drawers chest bed made with wooden frame. The lavish bookcase headboard combines modest with contemporary design and solid wooden detailing. The elegantly designed storage drawers give your bedroom additional space along with a simplified design. Striking and cozy this twin storage bed will enhance the beauty of your bedroom and it is a perfect choice for youth.

    Tip 2: Choose a bedroom set that has enough storage

    Aside from the style of your home and your personal style, functionality is key when choosing a bedroom set. Look for adequate storage so that you can declutter; Your bedroom is a sanctuary and having clutter will only affect the romance and feel of a room. This Harlinton 6-piece grey bedroom set from the Signature Design by Ashley, is urban chic and equipped with ample storage space for your clothing and accessories. The nightstand has quick-access drawers to store your bedtime essentials. To top it off, it is also equipped with a power cord and two USB charging stations for easy access to power.

    Tip 3: Make use of your Coffee Table

    Coffee tables are not just a pretty accessory! They’re perfect for storing and displaying your favorite magazines, household ornaments and small items. Opt for our Hatsuko Dark Brown Lift Top coffee table; With its clean lines and chic style, this coffee table is contemporary style at its finest. Dark finish pairs nicely with brushed-nickel-tone hardware, while roomy lower shelf offers ample space and keeps tabletop free of clutter. The Additional storage under lift-top surface makes this an exceptional space saver.

    Tip 4: The Only Way is Up
    When space is limited, look for tall and narrow dressers or armories and corner cabinets so that your space will look less cluttered and you can move around more. Add the perfect corner piece to any room with this versatile cappuccino accent etagere complete with five tray style shelves. This contemporary piece adds additional display space as well as compliments any décor in your home.

    Space does not have to be a luxury, with these simple tips you can enjoy your living quarters without having to compromise too much on your precious belongings.

  • Benefits of a Mirror

    Maximize a room’s style with a well-placed mirror. Mirrors are a low-cost accessory that you can buy for your home, office, or shop. Interior decorators insist that a mirror completes the look of a room. They reflect light, open spaces and generally make a room look better. Mirrors, come in a variety of styles and personalities, so make sure you select the mirror that matches your room style. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and frames. The selection is extensive, so you won’t leave empty-handed.

    Is a mirror really that important in a room? The answer is YES! Here are the benefits of having one or more mirrors in a room:

    Create the illusion of space.
    Mirrors are cunning and can deceive the eye. A well-placed mirror can help give the appearance of more space. They can enhance something or deflect attention away from something. Awkward spaces, such as rooms with sloping ceilings or gaps can be repurposed with the right mirror. If your room has no windows, then a mirror is a great substitution. Did you know that mirrors can boost the atmosphere of your space? Place a large mirror against a wall during an event, and you can effectively create the illusion that there are more guests at the gathering.

    Increase lighting.
    Simply place a mirror opposite, or next to a window to increase the natural light cast into the room. The mirror will harness the daylight and provide a brighter space. They effectively double your light source. If your space is cavernous and lacking in light, then place the mirror next to a lamp. You can even use mirrors outside to expand the horizon of an enclosed garden, or to catch a glimpse of wildlife, or to create the illusion of more greenery. The more natural light that enters your space, will save you on electrical costs.

    Focal Point
    In rooms with no fireplace or mantelpieces, a mirror is a great tool for dictating the centre of the room. A mirror with an ornate frame works just as well as a painting when it comes to decorating your home. Plus, be bold, try a different shape for the mirror. Sometimes a mirror with an unusual shape can provide a great wow-factor to a room.


    Hide imperfections in a room.
    If a wall in your home has an unsightly hole, paint scratch, or discolored paint, just hang a beautiful mirror in that spot and it immediately hides that imperfection. If you need a large wall area to cover, place an oversize mirror to do the trick.

    Practical use.
    Of all the benefits of a mirror, the most important one is its functional use. You use a mirror to check on yourself before leaving the house, for your grooming rituals, etc. Make sure that you clean your mirror periodically.

    So now you have purchased your mirror. Now what to do? Here are a few tips for hanging your mirror.

    Consider reflection
    Before hanging your mirror, make sure you know what will be reflected in it. For instance, do not hang directly in the path of the sun, as you may be blinded when entering a room. Or make sure it is not reflecting something unattractive, like the washroom.

    Pick somewhere visually appealing, a mirror should always be hung at the appropriate height for the space. Unlike art, in most cases, mirrors should be hung at eye level.

    Think Big
    Don’t be afraid of large mirrors, they create the illusion of space and depth, so they can make smaller rooms look and feel bigger. Full length mirrors leaning against a wall are always a decorative hit for tiny rooms.

    Mirrors come in a variety of styles, modern, traditional, edgy and classic. It all depends on the frame, so consider what effect you want to create for your room.

    Hang Properly
    Make sure you hang your mirror properly. A small nail hammered into the wall won’t cut it. User proper wall hooks or picture hangers (one on both ends). You want to ensure the mirror is flush against the wall. If the mirror is very heavy, have it hung by professionals. Mirrors that are not properly hung can be very dangerous.

    Check out the wide variety of mirrors at Surplus Furniture and Mattress Warehouse. Styles from Antique silver mirrors, cappuccino mirrors, Oak Wood Grain Mirrors, Beaded Mirrors and much much more. All at an unbelievable price starting from only $48. In stock and ready for same day delivery.

    Shop where it makes sense and save at Surplus Furniture and Mattress Warehouse.

  • Lamp Decor

    Table lamps play two different roles in your home: functional and decorative, so when it comes time to select a table lamp there are several things you need to consider. Both shape and style need to be taken into account when choosing table lamps that will fulfill your lighting needs and work with your decor.

    Table lamps are necessary for both ample illumination and great design everywhere from the living room to the bedroom. From modern to traditional and elegant to bejeweled lamps, airy lighting designs appeal to traditionalists and minimalists alike. They fit in with the modern décor of your living room, dining room and bedroom.

    Table lamps attract attention with its stylistic influences and inspirations from native rural and folk traditions, while its irregular textures and distressed materials convey a vintage sensibility. They make a grand statement on a side or end table.

    Looking to replace your lamps but want to get something different; something that will get your guests attention?

    Our new collection from Ashley will bring a unique style to your home. The new shades of brown will perfectly complement your living room giving a spectacular contrast.






    Looking to keep the modern look in your living room but at the same time want to keep a simple style? Our new collections will complete what you are looking for. Our new neutral colours will match any living room set, so if you are palling to change your living room set you won't have to change your new lamps.





    Floor Lamps
    Tired of using table lamps all the time? Looking for something different?







    Please come and visit one of our location for more savings.

  • Accent Chairs

    When you are planning to host more than a handful of people in your house, it is always better to have additional seating. This is where accent chairs come into play. These are simple chairs that are placed in a room in a strategic position to offer more seating. There are two ways you can utilize an accent chair. You can either create a secondary seating space within the living room, or position the chair in such a way that it complements the textures and colours of larger pieces of furniture, like a sofa.
    Accent chairs come in a wide range of designs. It can be a large piece, like a chaise lounge, or a simple straight back chair with arms, like a rocking chair. The most important thing is that the chairs work with the rest of the furniture in the room harmoniously to provide extra seating. The living room is a very good example of where accent chairs can come in handy.

    The star feature of these chairs lay in their style and shape. They have a particularly eye-catching, shapely design. They are armless and extremely light, a feature that can be useful when it comes to moving the chair.

    The club chair is a roomy, upholstered armchair with very deep seats. This accent chair is so comfortable that you are more likely to end up snoozing happily as you engross in an interesting book. It can be used as the perfect accompaniment to a living room sofa, or in pairs as a cozy nook. The chair is most likely to have a nail head trim or leather upholstery (or both).

    Rocking chairs are typically connected to two curved pieces of wood, giving you the freedom to swing back and forth instead of staying in the same position. The chair is also comfortable because the rocking usually depends on your center of gravity, only stirring to and fro as gravity dictates. This rocking motion is the most popular reason most people use the chair as an accent chair. There are several different styles of rocking chairs, some with arms and others armless; sometimes upholstered, other times with cushions. The common denominator is that they are almost always made of wood, although some may come in different materials.
    Surplus Furniture and Mattress Warehouse carries a wide variety of accent chairs, so make sure to visit a local Surplus Furniture and Mattress Warehouse near you and SAVE!


  • New TV but have nowhere to put it?

    At Surplus Furniture we carry the finest TV stands with fireplace inserts that money can buy. Made by the industry leader Signature Design by Ashley Furniture, there are two different styles to choose from.

    Both measuring at 63 inches wide by 20 inches deep, the Frantin and Trinell tv stands will fit most living rooms and bedrooms conveniently adding hat perfect touch of comfort and style.

    The Frantin tv stand is a beautiful replicated oak grain, with two smooth, side gliding drawers, and has become a top seller. It showcases a tapered shape for a sculpted contemporary look with side roller glides for smooth operating drawers and adjustable shelves with warm pewter colour drawer handles.

    The flame operates with or without heat giving you a great look, and on those cold winter evenings the heat will warm up your living room making your night enjoyable.

    The Trinell tv stand is very similar as the above mentioned Frantin, sharing the same dimensions and gliding drawers. The Trinell offers a warm rustic plank finish look with its oak grain and nail head trim and handles, in a dark bronze colour, making it a favourite amongst customers.

    Just like Frantin, the fireplace insert fits giving this Trinell tv stand a fantastic look at an unbeatable price.

    Don't forget at Surplus Furniture we offer free layaway with our 5 star layaway program, as well as in store on-the-spot financing.

    So without further delay, come in today and we can get you set up with a room warming tv stand with fireplace insert !!!!

    *Please note that the 0129 Frantin and 0446 Trinell TV stands are not available in all Surplus Furniture locations. Please visit the website or call your warehouse to find out more!

  • Make a big change, with not a lot of money

    Want to change the look of your living room, but you don't have a lot of money to spend?  Some new accessories offer the perfect solution.  Accessories offer an instant way to change your look, colour scheme, and add some character to any room in your house without breaking the bank.

    A few accessories to help transform your living space include:

    Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 1.36.30 PMArea Rugs -  A new rug does much more than add warmth, colour and comfort to the living space.  The right rug will “anchor” your furniture and set a tone for the entire room.  It will serve as a beautiful complement to other accent pieces and decor. We offer a selection of Ashley designed rugs to choose from.

    Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 1.37.03 PMWall Art -  Beautiful artwork doesn't have to cost a fortune.  Rather than buying an original piece of art, we have a large selection of canvas-wrapped frameless prints for a fraction of the price.  It gives a more relaxed, casual look that can be hung on the wall, or placed on a mantel.  Available in 24x36” or a 30x40” option for those larger blank spaces on your wall.

    Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 1.38.02 PMLighting -  Let there be light!!!  Along with an element of style, the proper lighting brings warmth, comfort, and of course, light into your space.  How else are people going to see your awesome rug, pictures, and keepsakes?  Available in multiple colours and/or styles you can use lighting to define areas and illuminate any area of your home.

  • Furniture Trends 2016

    It's the start of the year once again and aside from our personal goals, some of us would want to start anew when it comes to our living spaces.

    Modern interior design ideas are in a state of constant change. What was fresh and inspiring two years back may no longer be stylish and interesting today. Surplus Furniture and Mattress Warehouse has listed some of this year's design trends. At the same time, there are certain styles that tend to stay, remain modern, interesting, and inspiring. With this in mind, we have come up with a list of resolutions straight from the heart of your home.

    Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 4.09.45 PM1. Multi-functionality

     We are always looking to save space so furniture that can be used for dual purposes are ideal. For instance, a futon that doubles as a bed, or a sofa that folds out into a bed. It all comes down to the way we can maximize our space, which let's face it, is getting more expensive.


    2. Mix and match

    Mismatched furniture has replaced the traditional lounge suite. Interior designers are even putting together clashing colours and looks, with layering patterned fabrics. Nowadays, it is perfectly acceptable to incorporate vintage and modern. Take this classic sofa style and these colourful ottomans as the examples.

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    3. Keeping it light

    Minimalism and light furniture that appears to float above the floor has the added advantage of making a small room look light and airy, and consequently more spacious. This will continue to be a strong trend in 2017 and is particularly best applied in the dining room.


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    Metallics like copper, bronze, and gold were all big in 2016 and are still right on trend this year.

    To sum up, 2016 was all about the blending of traditional, contemporary, and modern designs. The focus is comfort and functionalism with modernistic approach to home decorating. Will these trends continue in 2017. For more options, visit

  • Furniture for Small Spaces - You have more room than you think!

    With condo living on the rise, it can be sometimes difficult to marry style and function when working with small spaces. Surplus Furniture has items for every size of room! Here are some ideas to get you started:

    2495_CA Corner Shelving gives you somewhere to put your pictures and books without taking up major livingroom real estate. (sku 2495)

    Add the perfect corner piece to any room with this cappuccino accent etagere complete with five tray style shelves. This contemporary piece adds additional display space as well as compliments any décor in your home. Use it as a seasonal or holiday piece with it's unique peak design.


    8002_BG The orientation of this sectional can be made with the chaise to the left, right or center, giving endless opportunities to gain space without losing seating. (sku 8002)

    The Bulldozer Grey sectional is the perfect space-conscious piece for your living room. Simple and casual, this 2-piece sectional is covered in a soft beige microfibre. Microfibre is one of the most durable, resilient fabrics on the market that stands up great to everyday wear and tear and is easy to clean and maintain.
    The frame for the Bulldozer Mocha Sectional is made with hardwood and is hardwood braced for a strong foundation. High-density foam is wrapped in fiber to prolong the life of the cushions and prevent them from losing their shape. All the springs are 8.5-gauge and spaced evenly to provide comfortable, stable seating throughout the product.


    This 3-Piece dining set fits in a small kitchen without losing style. This 3-Piece dining set fits in a small kitchen, giving you a place to sit and eat your meals without losing out on style. (sku 1015)

    This casual three piece dining set offers a classic styling that will compliment any decor. The rectangular dining table features ample surface area, straight edges, and sleek tapered legs. The comfortably padded dining chairs are finished in a rich brown easy to clean leather look material. The simple lines of this dining set paired with a warm cappuccino finish will help create a timeless look that you and your family will love.


    Is your sofa up against a wall? Designed to easily slip under your sofa to keep it conveniently close, this is the ideal accent table to hold your drinks, snacks or even meals. Lounging on the couch has never been more convenient! Designed to easily slip under your sofa to keep it conveniently close, this is the ideal accent table to hold your drinks, snacks or even meals. Lounging on the couch has never been more convenient! (sku 3212)

    This modern accent table is the perfect combination of style and functionality. With a thick paneled table top finished in a stylish brown and beige marble look, this robust looking accent table will suit any decor. Designed to easily slip under your sofa to keep it conveniently close, this is the ideal accent table to hold your drinks, snacks or even meals. Lounging on the couch has never been more convenient!

  • The Light Bulb Colour Temperature Guide

    Did you know that light intensity can affect a person’s mood? Whether it’s bright or dark, lighting is a powerful thing that can change the way you feel in both positive and negative ways. In fact, it can have such an influential factor that it could affect your psychological well-being. For instance, we all know that the amount of sunlight decreases each day as the fall season progresses and it becomes increasingly limited as we get closer to the winter. This is due to the Earth’s rotation, its axis and its proximity to the sun – as we get further away from the sun, we experience less daylight and that could cause some people to get those winter blues.

    In fact, some individuals begin to show signs of depression when the days become shorter and it may be due to Seasonal Affective Disorder. This psychological disorder, referred to as SAD, has a direct correlation to the amount of daylight one receives because we tend to feel more optimistic and happy when there’s plenty of sunshine and when there’s less light, we aren’t as joyful. Research from the American Academy of Family Physicians cites that 4% to 6% of people may have winter depression and another 10% to 20% of individuals may have mild signs of SAD.

    With that in mind, lighting can affect us any time of the year, but the place where you can control the type of lighting you are exposed to year-round is in your home! Lighting can change the mood and ambiance of a room and with this light bulb colour temperature guide, you can find the perfect color for each room of your home.

    Colour Temperature Range

    Light bulbs emit different shades of colour and have a kelvin temperature range that can vary from 2700K to 6500K for indoor use. On the lower end of the kelvin temperature spectrum, the colour will be a soft and warm hue that has a slight yellow tint (2700K). Moving up to a 3500K light bulb and you have a hue that’s neutral and balanced with more of a white appearance. Transitioning beyond 4100K and it’s a cooler colour that’s a white/bluish tint. And when you choose a light bulb anywhere between 5000K+ to 6500K and you’re left with a bright, daylight hue (take a look at the image below for a visual representation).

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    Not All Bulbs Are Created Equal

    bulb typeBefore we dive into which bulb color temperature is ideal for each specific room, you’ll want to understand the differences in some of the common light bulb types that are available. Everyone is probably familiar with one of the oldest light bulb types and that’s the incandescent bulb. This type of bulb began its’ exit in the marketplace during 2012 when the United States decided to raise the minimum energy efficiency standards. This is one of the reasons why you can’t seem to find them anywhere because they are known to suck up so much energy.

    With that in mind, we can move on to the other options like the halogen bulb that’s only 10% to 20% more efficient than incandescent. While they tend to be a less expensive option, they still are quite inefficient when it comes to energy usage and you may not be able to find as many colour temperature options as you would with CFL or LED bulbs. Moving on to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) – this type of bulb is 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. Light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) are 85% more energy efficient that incandescent bulbs. Both of these bulbs can save a significant amount of energy and that results in lower utility bills, so updating the lighting from room to room can save you money!

    Kitchen Lighting

    In your kitchen, you will want lighting that’s bright because it’ll provide you with crisp and clear lighting for food prep. Consider switching the light bulbs to a colour temperature of 4100K or higher and keep your eyes peeled for packages that are named bright white or cool white. Additionally, the kitchen is the heart of the home and that lighting temperature will make the atmosphere lively and clean.

    Dining Lighting

    simple dining roomMoving from the kitchen to the dining room, it’s ideal to tone down the colour temperature with light bulbs that are in the 2700K to 3000k range. This creates an atmosphere that’s more intimate, inviting and relaxing, which is what you want when you sit down to enjoy a meal. The softer tones can light up the food evenly and increase comfort.

    Bathroom Lighting

    When you’re getting ready for the day, you always want to put your best face forward and light bulbs with a colour temperature of 5000K and above are the best when it comes to clarity and accuracy. This means it’s the ideal hue when applying makeup and ensuring that your clothes match. Bulb packaging with the name daylight or daylight deluxe are commonly used to distinguish this colour choice.

    Bedroom Lighting

    The mood you want to create in your bedroom should be neutral and cool to set the tone for going to bed and waking up. When looking at colour temperatures, consider the range of 3000K to 4100K because it’ll give you an efficient balance between warmth and crispness.

    Living Room Lighting

    This is where lighting can get very interesting because you’ll want to incorporate multiple light fixtures to capture the best kind of atmosphere for conversation and relaxation. Head to one of Surplus Furniture Warehouse’s locations and pick up table lamps and floor lamps to get started. By using both eye-level table lamps for reading and conversation and floor lamps to provide an inviting contrast, use bulbs with a temperature of 2700K to 3500K for that comfortable and welcoming feeling.

    Now that you know the optimal light bulb colour temperature for each room of your home, are you ready to make the switch and light up your emotions?

  • First Place Essentials: Furniture Edition

    You found your first place, you signed the paperwork and now you have the keys. Congratulations! You are ready to make the big move into your first place – so you think. Before you make your move, you need to furnish it with everything you need because you can’t really do much in an empty space! So the question is what do you need?

    To start things off, you’ll be working with a blank canvas that gives you the ability to personalize every room in your place exactly how you want it. But, you should realize that you need to first focus on the essential furnishings and understand that smaller, personal touches will come with time. As many of us are always concerned with budgets, Surplus Furniture Warehouse has made a room-by-room guide to help you figure out the basic building blocks of a completely furnished home. Whether you are moving to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario or Newfoundland, get ready to follow this helpful guide on your shopping trip to the most affordable furniture stores in Canada!

    Living Room

    Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 10.48.57 AMOne of the many benefits of moving into a new space is that you have a nearly limitless amount of options to choose from in terms of furnishings! That means if you like traditional, contemporary or modern styled furniture, you get to pick and choose which styles best fit your tastes. With that said, your living room will likely be the place where you relax after a long day and it will serve as the fundamental space for entertaining guests.

    Since that is on your mind, the seating arrangements will play a vital role in the function of the living room. Traditionally speaking, you will want to have a sofa, love seat and recliner that are complemented by end tables and a coffee table. However, if your living room is on the small size, you may find yourself thinking of a more practical solution that combines all those pieces of furniture into one: a sectional. Whether you choose a sectional or go the more traditional route, it is important to have comfortable seating in your living room. Also, remember to put a TV stand on your list of furnishing essentials because you’ll need an entertainment centre for your TV, which can also serve as the focal point in the living room. Lastly, don’t forget to light up the living room with table lamps and floor lamps because some apartments lack centralized lighting fixtures.

    Dining Room/Kitchen

    Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 10.57.12 AMWhile a lot of us may like to snack on the couch in the living room, it’s not the most ideal space to eat a meal every day, which is why you need to utilize a designated space for eating. Dining room furniture is necessary, regardless of how much (or little) space you have. There are plenty of dinette sets that can fit into small areas and others that are big enough to host a large dinner party. The take away here is to find appropriately sized dinette sets that can give you the ability to sit down and eat at a table. Also, if your new place has an open-concept floor plan, you can create the illusion of a separate eating area by placing the dinette set on an area rug.


    Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 10.58.41 AMWhen it comes to the bedroom(s), you will most get the most bang for your buck by looking at complete bedroom packages that include everything you need for a comfortable and functional room. Check out bedroom packages that have a chest of drawers, a dresser, a nightstand, a headboard/footboard/rails and a mirror. These bedroom essentials immediately create a cozy and relaxing environment for you to unwind because they fill the space with everything you need.


    Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 11.03.34 AMKeeping in line with the bedroom, don’t forget you will need a mattress! Whether you choose a memory foam, pillow top or traditional spring and coil mattress, it is an absolute necessity. This is when you want to spend some time laying down on some floor models because you can get a feel of the differences between ultra firm, firm and soft/plush mattresses. Most often, those who sleep on their back or stomach tend to have better sleep quality with firm mattresses because they provide ample support and those who sleep on their sides tend to prefer soft/plush mattresses because it helps conform around the body. One of the best things about choosing a mattress is that they are offered at numerous price points, so you’ll be able to find one that perfectly fits your budget.

    The above furniture essentials will give you a good start for your first place because you’ll have the main ticket items crossed off your list. As time goes on, you will grow into your space and make it more personal by adding artwork, decorative accents and other adornments! Once you’ve got the big stuff out of the way, make sure you have food, cooking utensils, cleaning supplies, linens and toiletries ready for move in day.

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