Archive for September, 2015

Safety Tips for Bunk Beds

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

smartstuffWhat child doesn’t want a set of bunk beds in their room? For families with more than one child, bunk beds are a practical way to let kids share a room, taking up less space than a set of traditional twin beds. But there are a lot of kids who don’t share a room with a brother or sister who want bunk beds of their own. They’re great for sleepovers, they’re fun to play up on the top bunk where kids have a bird’s eye view of their room, and it’s just as much fun to play on the bottom bunk, where it feels like a fort without having to go to the trouble of draping blankets on the dining room table.

But bunk beds aren’t always fun and games. A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that nearly 36,000 children and adolescents are treated for bunk bed related injuries in emergency rooms each year.

So what can you do to enjoy this great piece of bedroom furniture while making sure your kids are safe? Here are a few safety tips for kids who use bunk beds: Install guardrails on both sides of the top bunk, or one side if by a wall. Positioning the bunk bed by a wall, or even better, in a corner, is highly recommended to help prevent falls. Guradrails should be at least 5 inches above the mattress.

Only kids older than 5 should be allowed to sleep on the top bunk. Younger than that and they don’t have the coordination to climb up and down the ladder. Keep the bunk beds away from ceiling fans. Install a night-light by the ladder. Tell children to never tie belts, scarves or ropes to the top bunk. This type of innocent play can lead to strangulation.

Following a few simple guidelines can help make sure bunk beds are a safe addition to your kids’ rooms. Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture to see some of the stylish options in bunk beds we offer. One of our featured brands, smartStuff by Universal, has some great-looking options.

Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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High Tech Furniture for Busy Lives

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

bowenAs much as we’d like to deny it, many of us are totally dependent on our smartphones. According to the latest Pew Research, nearly two-thirds of Americans now own a smartphone. That means teenagers are texting and snapchatting, young professionals are checking emails from work while they’re at home, and even the older generation has come on board as grandparents figure out Facetime with the grandkids is pretty cool.

We’re so connected to our devices that we feel lost without them, which means that low-battery signal can be a high-alert alarm, signaling us to get our phone to a charger right away. But then what do you do? You’ve seen the people tethered to an electric socket, hugging up to a wall in an airport or stuck next to a side table in the living room. The answer to your charging question just might be some high-tech furniture! That’s right, furniture makers have seen how dependent we are on our cell phones and other devices, and they’ve come out with a way to make charging more accessible in almost any room in the house.

Southern Motion, well-known for its motorized chairs, now has an upgrade they call Power Plus that allows you to upgrade the power panel of your recliner to include a USB port. So now you can sit back and watch the football game or binge on Orange is the New Black, all while texting, scrolling through Facebook and playing Candy Crush without worrying your battery will die. Desks are another furniture item that have begun including charging stations, as you can see from the Transitions line at Vaughn-Bassett and a variety of styles from smartStuff by Universal.

It seems pretty obvious that desks would start including charging stations. After all, they adapted pretty quickly to the computer and keyboard, with hidden keyboard drawers and special holes to thread all your cords through to keep things looking neat and tidy. Is your furniture ready for an upgrade? Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to check out these high-tech options as well as others that will help improve the quality of life in your home.

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Creating a Custom Look

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

One of the great things about building your own home is that everything, from the siding on the outside to the faucets in the bathroom, is picked out by you. You end up with a home that’s exactly what you want, one that fits your lifestyle and is a reflection of your tastes, even down to the most minute detail. Wouldn’t it be great if that ability to customize didn’t stop with the construction of your home? What if you could create furniture that was unique to your own style? What would you give to be able to find furniture that enhanced the beauty of your home in a seamless way, providing comfort and functionality as well as fulfilling the design goals of your home?

Designing your own furniture is easier than you think. And you don’t have to be a carpenter to do it. Check out the options from these Daniel’s Amish and Gat Creek, two of our featured brands that have customization options.

Daniel’s Amish

The numbers alone are a sign that this furniture maker means business when they say you can create a customized dining room suite.

* 50 finishes
* 5 wood species
* 70 hardware selections

daniel's amishThe combinations are seemingly endless! The best part is there is a new feature on the Daniel’s Amish website that allows you to create your own dining room table and chairs in real time. For example, if you’re wanting a dining room table, you pick out the table’s shape and, the leg style, the wood and the finish, and as you’re creating your table you get to see it in real time. It’s a great way to try some new things and find out what look is right for you.

Gat Creek

With their D.Y.O. Table Program, Gat Creek offers customers the ability to design their own table from a variety of different styles and choices. Three types of tables, more formal dining tables, everyday tables and hand-planed tables, can be customized with different woods, paints and details. Choose from:

* 34 paint options
* 3 types of wood with 4-5 finishes each
* 13 different styles of legs

For companies like Daniel’s Amish and Gat Creek, both of which produce high-quality, handmade furniture right here in the United States, being able to customize furniture for their customers is something they take great pride in. Both of these companies work with talented craftsmen, who create a piece of furniture from start to finish, rather than just working on a factory line where all they see during the day are table legs or dresser drawers. This means that it’s just as easy to make a dining room table to unique specifications as it is to make every table the same.

Check out the options available and play around with your own designs, and then bring your ideas in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture. Our talented staff can help ensure you’ve got the right look for your home and place your order with ease.

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Get Ready for Football!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

bowenIt’s football season. Are you prepared? Some people might like to spend their Saturdays fighting traffic, balancing plates on their knees while tailgating and sitting in the hot sun to watch a college football game. But we’ve put all that trouble behind us. In our opinion, the best way to watch football is to settle into your favorite recliner in the peace of your own home, maybe with a few friends, with plenty of drinks and snacks right at your fingertips, safe and secure on the coffee table.

Is your favorite recliner starting to show signs of age? Does it moan and protest when you sit down? Have you worn the upholstery out in certain places? If so, then it might be time to get ready for football by checking out the great new options in redcliners. After all, it pays to be prepared!

When it comes to picking out the perfect recliner, comfort is a top priority. You want something that makes you feel good the minute you sit down. For comfort, nothing beats the products from Ekornes. Their Stressless and IMG lines have both been designed for pure comfort, supporting the lumbar region of your back, your legs and your head all in the perfect angle for optimum relaxation. Don’t let the modern look of these chairs fool you, their comfort level is timeless.

It’s also important to have plenty of options in mobility. Whether you want to be able to swivel or rock, or have the chair do all the work for you, check out the recliners from Southern Motion. With options including memory foam cushioning and chargers for your electronic devices in the pockets, these chairs are the ultimate of comfort and convenience.

Make sure you’re ready for football season by coming in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today. You can try out all of these different types of recliners and find the one that is perfect for you, just in time to cheer on Cam Newton as he leads the Panthers to the playoffs again!

Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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