Special project: bedroom makeover

We designed a bedroom for two small boys. This one’s a special project because we crafted the entire space: bunk bed, shelves, drawers and door. Having two boys ourselves, we know the importance of practical furnishings that are simple yet effective.

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Room makeover!

Welcome to a practical bedroom by us.

Drawing on our love for multi-purpose designs, we created pieces that are not only nice to look at, but useful. The drawers by the window provide a seating area and storage space while the drawers open from the lower bunk to store clothing.

Small space? No problem.

We utilized every inch of space in designing this room. If you live in Toronto, like us, you know that homes can get cramped, and they only seem to be getting smaller. Since our sliding doors take up so little space, we often work with clients living in downtown condos. For this condo, we ensured that the kids’ bedroom has everything it needs without looking cluttered.

The result: a modern bedroom made in Baltic birch plywood.

Better yet, this space should last until the boys are in their teens because the simple layout is highly adaptable to an ever-changing sense of style! We made a bunk bed using Baltic birch plywood for our own two boys. Click here to see how we decorated the room to match our vision.

If you want us to make something for you, please email us at info@1925workbench.com with a picture of your space and the appropriate dimensions.

To see what we’re doing next, find us on Instagram: @1925workbench.

House&Home magazine Fall2015 small space issue features our house!

We had so much fun doing the photo shoot with House&Home. Kai and Morgan were so good at making our place look fantastic (that's right, our house don't normally look like this). Thank you Virginia and Sara for photographing our house in the best light! The family portrait. Khai (the baby) is just about to fall asleep, so no smiles from him, only a little frustration with all the locomotion.


Dan is a favourite here. And that's not a TV on the wall, it's actually a photograph of a TV, by me. Want to see more? www.mylenguyen.com/work/

And that's what H&H looks like for September 2015


Space Saving for Small Mudroom

For a small house without a hallway closet, this little built-in was the best solution for storage, and a coat station. The space is in the back room where where coats, shoes, bags, etc. were dumped,  it was always a mess... ...until now.  A space of 44" w x 96 h x 18" d was salvaged for a built-in entirely of solid white oak to act as a pantry, coat closet, shoe rack, purse rack, and everything in between.

This little room in the back of the house use to be the kitchen!  Can  you believe it? I'm a believer in small space living and even though I'm not a cook, this kitchen was a little too little.

View of our kitchen.


The cabinet oors are painted a blue that would contrast gently with the white oak and yellow door.

Close up of the walnut handle, it's a clean and crisp line and it goes with all our walnut pieces such as the dinning table, console, and vanity in the powder room.

If you would like a build-in storage unit with thoughtful space saving considerations...consider talking to us!

My Dream Console Table

After much complaining and whining about the fact that I don't have a work space (partly because our house is so small), Rock finally made me a wall mounted console table to my desire! It would have to work together with all the pieces we have in the house, and work in a way that virtually takes up no space and still be functional.

Here is the finished product, the large door at the bottom is for the printer and storage of the camera, external hard drives, and printing paper; the top drawers are for everything else.

It sits right in a little nook have here, just enough to house a laptop and for me to do paper work. Ideal for small spaces.  The dimensions are 50"L x 16" D x 22H

The drawers and doors are made of baltic birch plywood, with holes routed in for handles.  The framing around is made of solid walnut.  I am in love with it!

If you would like a custom built console for your work space that seamlessly blends in with your house, contact us!