Archive for July, 2015

Upgrade Your Entertainment Center

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

50441s50Here at Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we’re big fans of family movie night. No matter what age your kids are, it’s always fun to pick out a movie the entire family will enjoy, pop a couple of bags of microwave popcorn and settle down in front of the TV for a fun night at home. It’s even better when you’ve got a great TV to watch the movie on. We’ve compiled a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your next TV to make sure you get one that’s right for you and your family.

Know what type is best for you. There are basically three types of TVs on the market now: plasma, LCD and LED. Plasma TVs are on their way out, being replaced by 4K TVs. But most advice on the Internet right now says it’s a little too early to worry about a 4K TV right now. The difference between that and LED isn’t great, and they’re pretty expensive. Which makes now a great time to purchase a plasma TV, before they’re obsolete. Plasma TVs provide good quality viewing, and they’re good for big spaces, but the one drawback is the picture isn’t the brightest, which makes it better when used in a dark room. LCD and LED TVs (an LCD TV backlit with and LED light) are both more energy efficient than plasma TVs, but be aware of limited viewing areas, as the picture can get fuzzy when you’re not right in front of the TV.

Look at the input availability. Before you go out shopping, make sure you know how many HDMI and Analog inputs you will need. And add a couple extra for good measure.

Bigger really is better. Experts recommend at least 60 inches or larger for a living room TV set. Of course, budget will play a factor, but a big screen is better for getting a good view of what’s going on.

Once you’ve got the TV, now you need the perfect furniture to put it on. And we’re here to help! Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture, where we have a variety of American-made, Vaughan-Bassett entertainment centers to choose from. Find the color and style that fits your home, and next time it’s family movie night, you’ll be ready!

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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Finding the “Just Right” Sofa

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

bowenFor Goldilocks, things were pretty easy. When looking for the perfect chair to sit in for a little rest, she tried one that was too hard, one that was too soft, and then, on just the third try, she found a chair that was “just right.” At Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we know that it often take a lot more than three tries to find the perfect chair or sofa. Many of the people who walk into our showroom will tell us they’ve visited three to four furniture stores already, and after looking for days for just the right piece of furniture for their home, they’re about ready to give up, thinking what they want isn’t out there.

We’re here to tell you, it is. Thanks to wonderful manufacturers such as Rowe it is easy to get exactly what you want, without having to spend hours upon hours walking around showroom floors, sitting on countless different types of sofas.

Rowe understands that every person has their own unique taste, so they have created a line of strong, comfortable sofas and chairs that will fit into any person’s home décor. One thing that makes this furniture special is that today’s products come from over 60 years of the company paying attention to what the customer wants, and really listening to the preferences and concerns of their customers. Rowe has even developed its own Rowe University, where sales staff are educated about what goes into Rowe furniture and taught to listen and report feedback in order to continue to improve the business.

One thing the designers at Rowe learned over the years is that everyone is different. Some people like traditional, full-sized sofas. Some people are looking for a comfortable, big chair, but one that’s not a recliner. Some people like bright colored fabrics and bold patterns, other people like neutral patterns and conservative throw pillows. After years of serving the public, the people at Rowe have learned that the best thing to do is be flexible. The company has a large line of sofas, chairs and sleeper sofas. But if you don’t see what you like, you tell them and they will make it for you. With a variety of styles to choose from and over 500 fabrics available, it is easy to get the exact sofa you’ve been dreaming of when you work with Rowe.

Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to see for yourself the sturdy design and comfortable feel of Rowe sofas. It’s a great choice when the time comes for your next sofa or chair purchase. And maybe this time, you’ll find the “just right” chair even quicker than Goldilocks.

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Furniture That Can Handle Life!

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

bowenFor years houses have had living rooms, but these days we take that name seriously. We do a lot of living on the furniture in that room, taking naps in the recliner, eating dinner on the couch while watching Family Feud, and enjoying countless family movie nights where everyone piles up on the couch, hugging pillows and spilling popcorn everywhere. And there’s nothing like the summer time for some really hard wear on the furniture. Kids come home from the pool in dripping wet bathing suits and sit down to watch a cartoon, not even thinking about the wet spot they will leave. Not to mention the dogs, coming in from a romp after an afternoon thunderstorm and rubbing their wet, muddy hair up against the upholstery.

Thank goodness today’s fabrics are made with innovative technology and durable fibers to stand up to most of the wear and tear we can dish out. The days of protecting furniture with plastic slipcovers that stick to your sweaty legs are gone, and thank goodness. Almost any furniture you might have in your house is protected with some type of stain resistant technology, making it easy to wipe up most spills with a damp cloth.

Stain-resistant upholstery has been around for while now, but there are even newer innovations in textiles that have made some new types of upholstery tougher, more durable and even more stain resistant than the fabrics made just a few years ago.

Crypton, a company out of Michigan with a manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, offers a wide variety of fabrics for the home, all coated with its special formula and processed at high temperatures to activate the formula for maximum oil and water repllancy. The final result is a fabric that is both stain and odor resistant, making it perfect for a home where kids and dogs love to make themselves comfortable on the couch.

Sunbrella is another company making durable upholstery fabric, also made in North Carolina. The company started out making fabrics for boat and marine use, fabric that could stand up to the moisture and wear of life out on the water. It turns out the durable, mold and stain resistant fabric was also in demand for household use and the company quickly expanded. Today Sunbrella fabrics can be used all through the house, from upholstery to drapes to pillows and throws.

At Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we are proud to offer Sunbrella and Crypton fabrics for most of our lines of furniture. Come in today to view the fabulous choices available, and maybe you’ll even choose to purchase a piece of furniture that will stand up to anything your family can dish out. Next time you come in from the pool, you won’t have to tell the kids to get off the couch!

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Proud to be American

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

aboutBowenThe news this week reported that North Carolina was ranked one of the most patriotic states in a poll by Wallet Hub. We might not be first on the list, but we came in the top 10, proud to be number 7! That ranking isn’t too surprising to us at Bowen Town & Country Furniture, especially this time of year. As we get ready to celebrate America’s birthday on the Fourth of July, it’s inspiring to see all of the homes proudly flying an American Flag off their porch, and watch the preparations as big cities and small towns all around our area get ready for fireworks and celebrations. The Fourth of July definitely brings out the proud American in all of us.

But of course, that pride in our country lasts all year, from the services at Memorial Day to the reverence of Veteran’s Day. And being part of this proud country is one reason why we place so much importance on providing furniture in our store that is Made in America. After all, Bowen Town & Country Furniture is made in America! Scott Bowen is running this store today with the same enthusiasm and dedication as his father had before him. Since 1956, this store has been serving the people of Winston-Salem and surrounding communities, providing a place for the high-quality furniture makers from our own state and other places in the United States to display and sell their products.

“Buy Local” has become a popular catch phrase lately, but that philosophy has been important to Bowen Town & Country Furniture since the beginning. We understand how important it is to buy local. Making purchases that support the local economy and provide jobs is an important way to keep communities strong and healthy. And while of course we love it when our customers choose to buy local and come in our store, we also practice what we preach by working with local vendors and manufacturers to stock our sales floor.

We are proud to carry furniture made by Americans right here in North Carolina and surrounding states. Manufacturers like Hancock and Moore, Daniel’s Amish, Vaughan-Bassett, Gat Creek and Palettes by Winesburg are a few of the companies whose furniture you’ll find on our sales floor. All of them are made in America, and they not only produce high-quality, beautiful furniture, but they also make it a priority to care for the environment, with sustainable business practices and reforestation policies in place.

This weekend, fireworks will fill the sky and we’ll all be enjoying the freedom we have as Americans. And remember, that freedom is something to be proud of and thankful for all year long.

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Relieve Stress with a New Stressless Chair

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

ReclinerWouldn’t it be wonderful if you could come home from work and go straight to a relaxing massage, or a time at the spa to help you release all the stress and tension of the day? Thanks to Stressless by Ekornes, you don’t have to spend the money on a spa or a massage. You can find that same ability to relax right in your own home, with a recliner that fits your body perfectly, and helps you relax, from your neck down to your feet.

The story of Ekornes is one that is familiar to many of us here in the Triad, home to fine furniture makers who have come from long lines of talented craftsmen. Ekornes is located in a fjord in Denmark, in a place where for generations, the “second sons,” the ones that would not be inheriting the family’s farm, went into careers as furniture makers. They learned the craft as apprentices and then passed their own knowledge down to the next generation. But as the furniture industry began to change and become more global, these small family businesses began to suffer. Through the hard times, Ekornes found a way to survive, by making high-quality furniture, with a philosophy of combining art and science, to create beautiful pieces of furniture that not only look nice in your home, but also work with your body to help it relax.

The Stressless chairs produced today by Ekornes are a design that has come from years of studying the human body. The steel tubes that make the foundation of the chair are curved at the back to provide support to the neck and the spine, and also curved at the seat to fit your legs. As the company says, “Stressless chairs are designed for your best comfort.”

On top of the steel tubes comes a layer of foam with patent-pending holes. This particular type of foam makes you sink deeper in the chair, enveloping your body in softness and encouraging you to relax.

At Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we are proud to offer our customers recliners and sofas made by Ekornes. These Stressless products live up to their name. Come in today to try them out for yourself.

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