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Small Home & City Apartment Furniture by Simplicity Sofas

Designer sofas & sleepers for city living & small homes. Easily fits thru narrow doors & stairways where conventional couches cannot go

Small Home & City Apartment Furniture by Simplicity Sofas

Designer sofas & sleepers for city living & small homes. Easily fits thru narrow doors & stairways where conventional couches cannot go

$2,450
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17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 22 2015 5:02 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 22, 2015

About

This Kickstarter campaign will raise funds to build 20 prototypes for the SimpliCITY Designer Collection by Simplicity Sofas.

 These are needed to demonstrate the full range of the collection’s unusual features and capabilities.

The SimpliCITY Designer Collection provides unique solutions to difficult interior design and furniture functionality challenges. 


Design Challenge # 1Narrow doors and stairways 

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Most sofas and sleepers will not fit through doors or stairways that are narrower than 30 inches.

This is a very familiar problem in densely populated urban areas like New York City, Boston and Chicago, but the dilemma also exists with small homes and apartments all across the U.S.

Virtually every RV and boat owner trying to replace their original furniture also runs into this situation.

Design Solution # 1 -- All SimpliCITY self-assembly seating will fit through doors and stairways as narrow as 12 inches.

Appearance, quality, durability and comfort are all comparable to high end conventional sofas, sleepers and sectionals. 

Design Challenge # 2Mass Customization

RTA (Ready To Assemble) furniture has always been designed and marketed as a high volume, low-cost product for the mass market.

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To attain those low costs each item of furniture must be mass produced in huge quantities in a limited selection of inexpensive fabrics and fit into a flat box to reduce shipping costs. 

These constraints severely limit the number of styles and options available to consumers.

Design Solution #2 --  The green sofa shown above is made up of 6 removable solid maple frame components (2 arms, 2 seats, a front rail and a back.) 

The complete SimpliCITY Designer Collection is made up of a total of 28 interchangeable frame and seat components. These include:

  • 6 interchangeable arm styles
  • 6 front rail and back sizes (lengths)
  • 3 back styles
  • 3 cushion styles
  • 3 cushion sizes
  • 2 sizes of sleeper mechanisms
  • 5 sectional seating modules

Combinations of these 28 interchangeable components can be used to create hundreds of different sofa, chair, sleeper and sectional designs. 

Each is available in over 150 in-stock fabrics including special "kidproof" and "pet-friendly" fabric selections.

Design Challenge # 3Cost vs. Quality 

Since IKEA first popularized RTA furniture in the 1950s this category of furniture has been marketed to the public as a low cost alternative to "real" furniture.

In return for lower prices consumers have accepted low quality materials, minimal comfort, a short product life and complex assembly often requiring an hour or longer.

Design Solution #3 -- SimpliCITY sofas, sleepers and sectionals can be assembled in less than 15 minutes (or dis-assembled in 5 minutes) without tools .

The furniture is extremely comfortable, built with premium quality materials, including solid maple frames, and constructed to meet commercial and government  “heavy-duty” test standards.

Design Challenge # 4 – Reducing repair costs

Furniture repair is a costly and frustrating experience for homeowners, businesses and public facilities. 

Repairing upholstered furniture is expensive. This results in soiled, stained or damaged seating being discarded long before the end of its useful lifespan.

Design Solution #4 -- The modular design of SimpliCITY sofas and sleepers allows quick and inexpensive replacement of individual components (arms, seats, backs, bases) in the home or business.

All components can be easily replaced by homeowners or company employees without special skills or equipment. 

No tools are required to remove or replace components.

Design Problem #5 – Mobile Furniture for Home Stagers and Military Families

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Home Stagers and Military Families need furniture that is easily transportable.

There are three basic requirements:
  • Large furniture that can be carried by a single person. 
  • Furniture that will fit into a vehicle and not take up much storage space. 
  • Furniture that can be dis-assembled and re-assembled multiple times without losing any of its strength and durability 

The SimpliCITY Collection addresses each of these design challenges. 

Design Solution 5 – Mobile furniture 

  • When dis-assembled SimpliCITY Collection furniture can be easily carried by a single adult. 
  • Two of the sofas shown here will fit into minivans or SUVs. One sofa will fit into most hatchback cars.
  • When unassembled this sofa will take up less than half as much space as a conventional sofa with the same finished dimensions.
  • Like all Simplicity Sofas furniture, the SimpliCITY Designer Collection is engineered to be assembled, dis-assembled and re-assembled hundreds of times with no loss of structural integrity.   

History of Simplicity Sofas Quick Assembly Seating Systems  

RTA (Ready to Assemble) furniture has traditionally been designed and marketed as a lower-cost alternative to "real" furniture. 

In 2007 Simplicity Sofas introduced the first commercially successful line of higher quality quick-assembly sofas, loveseats and chairs.

Simplicity Sofas Megan 80" sofa
Simplicity Sofas Megan 80" sofa

Most first-time customers can assemble the sofa pictured above in 15 minutes or less. No tools or instructions are needed. 

The video below shows an 8 year old boy assembling a similar Simplicity sofa by himself in less than 4 minutes. 

Simplicity Sofas does not sell through retailers or wholesalers. It sells and ships directly to individual consumers throughout the U.S.A. Prices range from $1000 to more than $4000. 

Simplicity Sofas Quick Assembly Sectional
Simplicity Sofas Quick Assembly Sectional

The Simplicity Sofas Quick Assembly Sectional pictured above is constructed using a different patented technology developed by Simplicity Sofas in 2011. 

No tools or instructions are needed for assembly.

The video below shows a 7 year old girl assembling one of the sectional seat units by herself in 1 minute. 

In 2013 Simplicity Sofas introduced its Quick Assembly Sleeper Line.

Simplicity Sofas quick assembly sleeper
Simplicity Sofas quick assembly sleeper

The video below shows a sleeper being assembled in less than 10 minutes. No tools or instructions are needed for assembly.

This queen-size sleeper fits through any opening wider than 15", including RV doors and boat hatchways.

Simplicity Sofas’ new SimpliCITY Designer Collection featured in this Kickstarter proposal is based on a new technology -- completely different than our previous products. 

It completes the evolution of self-assembly upholstered furniture from its low-cost mass merchant origins to a sophisticated multi-functional product line suitable for both high end residential and heavy-duty commercial use. 

Two prototypes have already been built. The green sofa pictured above is our Chicago style sofa. Each additional arm style will be named for another city. Each arm style will be available in 6 different sizes (lengths).

At this time we are planning on developing 5 additional arm styles by January 2016. In addition we expect to have a SimpliCITY sectional by March 2016 and a SimpliCITY sleeper by May 2016.

The name "SimpliCITY Collection" is a  trademark of Simplicity Sofas, Inc. 

Risks and challenges

There is always a risk when introducing any new technology.

Construction of multiple prototypes helps reveal potential glitches that could create problems in production. Each prototype also offers an opportunity to improve appearance and function.

The photos shown above are our second prototype. It looks better, is easier to assemble and costs less than the original. Subsequent prototypes will refine the design even more.

At this point one of our concerns is that assembly of the SimpliCITY furniture is not intuitively obvious and requires written instructions.

With all other Simplicity Sofas designs there is no way to incorrectly assemble the furniture and no written instructions are required.

We also need to experiment with the raw materials being used. For example the foam used for the back of the Chicago sofa pictured is too firm. The next prototype will have a softer back.

Subsequent prototypes will be used for a variety of purposes. Several will be judged primarily on appearance, looking at alternative arm, back and seat shapes and styles.

Other prototypes will be used for testing strength and durability. Several will be sent to the Bifma Testing facilities which certify furniture as suitable for heavy-duty commercial, government and institutional use.

The manufacturing process needed for the SimpliCITY Collection is very similar to our current product line. It can be made by the same people, using the same raw materials, tools and machines.

Disclaimer - The new product line described in this proposal is still under development. Any claims made for the new SimpliCITY Collection in this proposal are subject to change. This includes, but is not limited to, size dimensions, product characteristics or capabilities and pricing projections.

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    We will make you a 25" diameter dog bed with stain-resistant microfiber cover. The inside cushion can be removed for machine washing.

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    Fitted slipcover for any of our sofas, loveseats or chairs (except SimpliCITY Collection)
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    Create your own custom sectional!

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    Any Simplicity Sofas chair (except SimpliCITY collection) in any fabric listed on our website with any available option (except slipcovers.)

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    This chair will fit through any door or stairway wider than 15 inches.

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    These loveseats will fit through any door or stairway wider than 15 inches.

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    These sofas will fit through any door or stairway wider than 15 inches.

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    These chairs will fit through any door or stairway wider than 12 inches.

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    This loveseat will fit through any door or stairway wider than 12 inches.

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    SimpliCITY Collection Chicago style sofa (80" or 74" widths) in any fabric listed on our website.

    [The green sofa pictured in this campaign is the 80" Chicago style sofa.]

    This sofa will fit through any door or stairway wider than 12 inches.

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    Any Simplicity Sofas pull-out sleeper (except SimpliCITY collection) in any fabric with any available option (except slipcovers.)

    Savings up to $575

    These sleepers will fit through any door or stairway wider than 15 inches.

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    Early Bird Leather Special

    Your choice of any SimpliCITY Collection sofa or loveseat in your choice of genuine top grain leather or send us your own COM leather.

    This sofa will fit through any door or stairway wider than 12 inches.

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    Design your own leather sofa.

    Using our SimpliCITY modular construction system you can design your own arm style or custom sofa length (up to 86") in any of our top grain leathers or send us your own COM leather.

    This sofa will fit through any door or stairway wider than 12 inches.

    The sofa will be personally built and signed by the inventor.

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