Archive for August, 2015

Redecorate Your Room without Damaging Your Floors

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

bowen room sceneOne of the easiest ways to redecorate and get a new look in your home is to rearrange the furniture. Most of the time our living rooms are centered around a TV or a fireplace, the second of which is a fixed piece in the room, and sometimes even a TV can’t be moved, if it is mounted to the wall. But even in situations where you’re limited by those two factors, you can still use a little creativity to move the couch to a new place and switch things up with your chairs.

Most of the time, if you’ve been struck with the inspiration to move furniture, you are more than likely at home alone. It’s always good if you can wait for someone to come and help you. Moving furniture alone can lead to accidents more than when you have a partner. But we have some tips to help make it easier in any situation.

If you’re moving something that’s not too heavy and you can lift it yourself, remember the old rule “life with your legs, not with your back.” It’s our first instinct to bend over at the waist to pick something up, but when you lift something heavy that way you are more likely to strain your back muscles. Bending at the knees and using your legs to help lift is the best way to protect your back.

Sometimes it’s easier just to slide a piece of heavy furniture. If you have hardwood floors, the first thing you want to do is make sure the floors are clean. This will help prevent a piece of grit or dirt from getting caught under the furniture’s leg and scratching up your floor.

Help protect your floors further by using furniture sliders or cut up pieces of carpet under each leg to slide your furniture across the floor.

Furniture sliders can also work to help slide furniture on carpet. Or, you can even use a strong type of aluminum foil. Put the shiny side up, the dull side is actually more slippery.

Don’t get stuck in a rut! Make some simple changes in your furniture and you’ll see just how much it brightens up a room. You can come into Bowen Town & Country Furniture and browse our showroom for ideas on how to decorate your own home.

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

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Willow Bend by Hooker Furniture

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

hookerOur lives today seem to be going by at breakneck speed. Smartphones keep us connected to work 24/7, our kids are involved in so many sports and activities that we’re shuttling them around almost every night after work, and all of that’s on top of the chores at home, from mowing the lawn to cleaning the house. All of this has many of us yearning for a simpler time. The time before smartphones and soccer games, when summer afternoons were spent snapping beans on the front porch with Grandma and kids spent the evenings catching lightening bugs and filling up jars with holes poked in the lid.

We might never be able return to the “good old days,” but with Hooker Furniture, we can get some of that feeling back in our lives. One way is through the farm-to-table movement, which not only has people eating healthier by incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet, but also has brought back a resurgence in canning and gardening. Another way to help you relax and slow down in your life is through your own home’s décor. Hooker Furniture has introduced a new collection of furniture, Willow Bend, which embodies the pure, gracious lifestyle in a sophisticated farmhouse-style of furniture.

In the Willow Bend Collection you will find furniture for the home office and dining room, as well as unique storage pieces that add interest to your home while providing a place to hide away the clutter. Knotty oak and swirl oak and oak burl veneers bring the beauty of nature into your home, and help enhance the rustic feel that pairs evokes a more laid-back lifestyle.

While the furniture is designed to look like it comes from past decades, it is made to meet today’s needs. The credenzas, with sliding doors and adjustable shelves, are perfect for the office or TV room. And the writing desk might look like it was designed in the 1900s, but the drop-front center drawer allows it to easily accommodate a computer keyboard.

Come into Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to have a look at the beautiful pieces in the Willow Bend Collection by Hooker. You just might feel swept away to another time.

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

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Get Ready for Back to School!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

bowenAlmost anywhere you go shopping during the month of August you find displays of pencils, notebooks, crayons and endless stacks of paper. It’s time to get the kids ready to go back to school, and buying school supplies is just part of the equation for a successful school year. Having a quiet place to do homework is an important factor in helping kids have a good school year, and a good desk is the starting place for creating a fun, welcoming place to do homework each night.

That’s why we suggest adding Bowen Town & Country Furniture to your back-to-school shopping list. We’ve got a great selection of desks for kids’ rooms or the home office to choose from in our store, and we’re also able to order from our long list of manufacturers to make sure you get exactly the look and style you want.

Here are a few of our favorites when it comes to desks that will help turn homework time into something your child looks forward to each day.

Vaughn Bassett. There are quite a few different styles to choose from in the youth furniture collections from Vaughn Bassett. Made in America, practically in our own neighborhood in Galax, Va., and Elkin, N.C., these desks are practical and sturdy.

SmartStuff Furniture by Universal. Created with today’s student in mind, these desks are equipped for computer keyboards and charging stations, and many can be changed for right or left-handed kids. There are many different styles to choose from, so whether you’re looking for a desk for a practical boy or a girl with more elegant preferences, you’re sure to find something that will fit their style.

Hooker Funiture. It’s not just kids that like a nice space to get away and do work. Whether you telecommute or just need a space to pay bills, it makes work more fun when you have a great desk to sit at. Add a little elegance to your home office with one of the many different desks available from Hooker Furniture.

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

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Keep Cool with Sealy Mattresses

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

brand-posturepedicSummertime means ice cream, days at the lake, trips to the beach and tall glasses of lemonade or tea sipped on the front porch. Many of our favorite summer memories center around things that help keep us cool during the season’s hot, humid days. But what about the nights? Here we are in the middle of August, and whether high temperatures reach the 80s or the 90s, the humidity makes it feel much hotter than the temperature would have you believe. And that mugginess clings well into the night, making it hard to get a restful night’s sleep when you spend most of your time tossing and turning, trying to get cool.

Luckily, there are some great mattresses that have incorporated new technology to improve your comfort at night, helping you get a better night’s sleep, even on the hottest, muggiest of August days.

One option to try is the Sealy Optimum Gel Latex Series.  These mattresses include a 2-inch layer of OptiCool latex foam, the only latex foam on the market that is fused with OUTLAST, a material used in high-performance outdoor gear and undergarments to promote temperature regulation.

The result is a mattress that creates a cooler sleeping environment, absorbing your body’s heat and dispersing it to help regulate your temperature. Another mattress on the market with cooling technology is the Tempur-Breeze line from Tempur-Pedic.  This technology has been added to three of the company’s most popular mattresses to help you sleep cool all night long. The Tempur-Breeze is a three step system that includes a climate-support layer that channels heat away from your body, on top of that is a comfort layer that draws heat away from your body and into the support layer, and on top is a cover that wicks away excess heat and moisture, making the mattress cool to the touch.

Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today and see for yourself how these mattresses have incorporated new technology to improve your sleep. You might not dread going to be in August ever again! Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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