Furniture Toronto

Toronto startup makes it easy to redesign your home

It's not always easy to find furniture that'll look fabulous and fit into your tiny Toronto apartment. That's why two entrepreneurs started Four Walls, an online service, which sells "rooms in a box" to those looking to furnish a small space.

"We always found it challenging to really furnish out our condos," say Mike Van. He co-founded Four Walls with Karen Lau, who has a background in design, to make the decorating process easier for people.

Van and Lau went on CBC's Next Gen Den -- a spinoff of the popular Dragon's Den -- this season. While the three Dragons didn't make them an offer, the Four Walls' concept intrigued them.

Since launching in May 2015, Van says he and Lau have furnished about 50 rooms in the GTA and also in New York.

To use Four Walls, furniture seekers can go online and browse through a variety of pre-designed bedrooms and living rooms suitable for spaces as tiny as 90 square feet - furniture packages for small living rooms, for instance, start at $2,199. While the rooms appear rather simple, Four Walls also sells various accents, including throw pillows, prints and rugs.

Van says he and Lau source furniture from all over the world to help transform drab condos into bona fide homes. "We feel like in order to really enjoy coming home," says Van, "And enjoy living in your space, you really have to love the furniture that you have and be able to do that at an affordable price point."

Photo via Four Walls.


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