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The top 10 furniture stores in the Castlefield Design District

Furniture stores in the Castlefield Design District offer the home decorator a world of options from the contemporary to the salvaged and reclaimed. The concentration and size of the shops in this area is unmatched elsewhere in this city, which means you can conceivably cover all of your design needs without going anywhere else.

Here are my picks for the top furniture stores in the Castlefield Design District.

Elte Mkt
This contemporary furniture store has condo and loft dwellers in mind with its diverse selection of furniture at price points lower than most other shops in the area. Sofas, sectionals, coffee tables and beds are just some of what you'll find here along with more than 2,000 rugs in stock.

The Door Store
Don't let the name fool you, there's a lot more than doors here. This is an upcycler's paradise with all manner of items like mantles, fixtures, antique hardware, and various one-off gems like marble tables and vintage Singer chairs.

Shelter
The massive shop with the never-ending sales stocks an array of mostly modern-inspired furniture in what I would characterize as the mid price range (a dining room table, by way of example, will run you about $1500 to $2000). Beds, sofas, coffee tables and chairs are particularly prevalent here.

Metropolis Living
Formerly located in the Junction, this treasure trove of quirky vintage finds is the polar opposite of its slick neighbours. Walking through its doors is like entering a kitschy museum of salvaged items sourced by sibling owners Phil Freire and Maggie Gattesco.

Modani
This Miami-based company offers modern and contemporary furniture at a variety of price points, the bottom of which is well within the affordable range. This is also one of the better places in the area for cheap patio furniture. Discounts are common here and they sometimes offer free delivery.

Kantelberg and Co.
The selection of furniture and accessories on offer at Kantelberg and Co.'s 4,500 square foot showroom is eclectic to say the least. While you'll encounter plenty of traditional antiques, interspersed among the 19th century furniture are more rustic pieces. The stock is ever-changing, so multiple visits are rewarded.

Elte
One of the longstanding anchors of the area, Elte occupies a massive warehouse just off of Castlefield. If you've got 10 grand to spend on a rug, you can do it here. Fortunately, there are also more affordable options, as well as furniture for every room of the house from designers like Calvin Klein.

Sharon O'Dowd
Along with Kantelberg and Co., Sharon O'Dowd is the source for traditional antiques, most of which derive from Europe and Quebec, but the shop also does plenty of business in custom furniture design using reclaimed and salvage materials as well as restoration service for time-worn pieces.

The Art Shoppe
Formerly at Yonge and Eglinton, the Art Shoppe's second incarnation on Kincourt has a large selection of furnishings, from modern to what it characterizes as country/casual. The selection here isn't for the contemporary loving Dwell reader but should satisfy more traditional tastes.

Barrymore Furniture
This Toronto stalwart has a reputation as a go-to place for high quality custom sofas. They aren't cheap, but they're built to last. In addition to sofas and chairs, the store offers a full range of contemporary home furnishings.

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Photo of Elte Mkt by Jesse Milns.


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