Archive for November, 2016

Did you know an adjustable base bed could improve your health?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

tempur-flex_elite_ergoplus_room_horiz_nov14_5x7-jpg_11_23_2016_10_44_22_amBy: BreeAnn Cook

We all know the crucial role a quality mattress plays in a good night’s rest, but did you know that your sleep and your health could be improved with an adjustable base bed? An adjustable base, also known as a lifestyle base, is a foundation system that can raise and lower the head and foot of your mattress to achieve a more ergonomic position.

This ability to customize your sleeping position has a myriad of health benefits. For starters, it allows you to adjust to the natural curvature of your spine, which can relieve back and neck pain. It also reduces tension on the muscles and joints that is caused from laying flat. Think of your body as a rubber band. When you are laying completely flat, your body is stretched tight creating tension. Just elevating your legs slightly will begin to relieve tension on your lower back that you may not even realize is there. Elevating your feet can also reduce swelling in the legs and ankles.

Elevating your head improves your breathing, and reduces the strain on your heart by promoting better blood circulation. With better breathing, comes less snoring, which means both you and your partner will sleep better. Head elevation can also help those who suffer from acid reflux.

In addition to all of the health benefits of an adjustable base, there are a few lifestyle benefits as well. If you read, work or watch television in bed you can elevate yourself to a sitting position, instead of propping with pillows. And, if you are looking to pamper yourself, some models offer heat and massage functions.

Whether you want to reap the health benefits, sleep better, or have a better view of your favorite show in bed, you owe it to yourself to test drive a lifestyle adjustable base. Visit our showroom today to learn about the options available and try one today.

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

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3 Things your guests will appreciate this Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

394100_openBy: BreeAnn Cook

1. Comfortable accommodations. Nothing makes you feel at home more than a great place to sleep. Instead of a worn out hand-me-down, treat your guests to the comfort of a memory foam mattress. Since memory foam adapts to weight and shape, it can be comfortable for a range of body types. Even if you don’t have a dedicated guest room, memory foam mattresses are often available on sleeper sofas. Top the bed with simple, yet soft linens. Trust me, your guests will appreciate good sheets over pretty toss pillows; use a minimum of 400 thread count, and limit accent pillows to one or two.

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2. Storage. Guests appreciate a place to unpack their things, so they are not living out of a suitcase. A few empty drawers and a small amount of hanging space will do. Since guest rooms often mean limited space, opt for one storage piece that combines both. A narrow armoire or chest with hooks or pullout bar on the side will work nicely.

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3. A place to recharge. And, we’re not talking about sleep. Chances are your guests will arrive with multiple devices in tow, and they will need a place to recharge them when the battery life goes. Have a designated charging station available. Lots of furniture manufacturers are building them right into nightstands and end tables, making it super convenient. While you are at it, have a few extra charging cords on hand as well, in case guests forget theirs.

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These simple, but useful tips will go a long way in making your guests feel welcome this Holiday season. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Five Benefits Of A Standing Desk

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

desksBy: BreeAnn Cook

Long term sitting has been linked to a myriad of health issues, but what if you could reduce your risk just by changing your desk? Researchers like Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic have conducted multiple studies on the effects of long term sitting, and the simple changes that can help reduce your risk for major health issues. On average, Americans sit six to seven hours a day, add that to the average eight hours of sleep and it equates to a pretty sedentary lifestyle. Standing more during normal activities like day to day work can have great benefits. Here are five reasons to consider a standing desk:

1. Burn more calories. Standing burns 50 more calories per hour than sitting. Although this won’t replace your workout, it can really add up over a week’s time. Standing for just three hours a day for seven days equals over 1,000 additional calories burned.

2. Reduce Cancer Risk. Both colon cancer and breast cancer have been linked to prolonged sitting. Standing more can help reduce your risk.

3. Reduce Back and Neck Pain. Whether it’s a desk chair with improper back support, bad posture or slumping over your keyboard, those who sit for prolonged periods of time during work often complain of back and neck issues. Studies show that standing while working increases blood flow and improves posture. Study participants reported having less back and neck pain as a result.

4. Lower your risk for hear disease. Obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels are all contributors to heart disease. They have become known collectively as “sitting disease”, and all can be reduced by standing more.

5. Improve mood and energy levels. I think we can all admit that we get tired at work, be it staring at a screen or just concentrating too hard. Standing for periods of time throughout the day can not only break the monotony, but it can actual increase your energy through added blood flow, which can in turn boost your mood.

If all of these benefits have you ready to take a stand, but you’re concerned about the transition from sitting all day, Hooker furniture has offered an ingenious solution with their Curata sit/stand desk. It is a multi level desk that gives you the flexibility of sitting or standing with ample work space. Check this and other standing desk options out on our website HERE.

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

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Fall Market Review

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

img_2619By: BreeAnn Cook

The 2016 Fall Market came and went in a flash, and it was clear the manufacturers had a target strategy. The majority of showrooms we visited introduced new collections specifically designed with Millennials in mind. Smaller scale furnishings, with a more modish vibe; sleek lines, mid century influence, and above all…Gray. That’s right, for what seems like the fourth year in a row, gray continues to dominate as the go to upholstery color and casegood finish. From warm taupe to dark steel, gray does not seem to be going away any time soon.

Even our go to source for high-end leather, Hancock & Moore, is looking to catch the eyes of the younger generation with their new collection, Urban Logic. A departure from the hand burnished leather and magnificent stitching we are accustomed to from the artisans at H&M, this collection offers sofas scaled for downtown apartment living with exposed wooden frames and minimalistic styling. Also included was a variety of cozy swivel chairs, modestly scaled, and wide introduction of new fabrics that are family and pet friendly. Although the style is quite different from what we have come to expect from them, the quality and attention to detail is still top notch. Those discerning millennials who want to invest in the best with be pleasantly surprised.

Livable fabrics continue to be a huge request from consumers. Vendors like Rowe, Robin Bruce, Hancock & Moore, Jessica Charles and Fairfield have responded by expanding their performance fabrics, some even including velvets. So your sure to have more stylish options that will stand up to kids, pets, and just life in general.

As mentioned earlier, gray is still dominating the market, but blue also continues to be strong. In contrast to all that gray, Kincaid introduced seven new painted finishes to its line up, two of which are blue. These finishes can be utilized on any of their wood frame chairs to add tons of personality. Perhaps my favorite was a punchy red, expertly paired with an Asian inspired print. These new finishes will definitely make an appearance on our floor soon.

Some of our new Market buys are already here! A load of accent furniture, lamps, mirrors and artwork arrived to the showroom floor this week. Come by and see what’s new. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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