Archive for January, 2017

How To Make Sure Your Furniture Will Fit

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

bowen room plannerBy: BreeAnn Cook

Perhaps one of the top concerns consumers have about buying new furniture is getting the wrong size. Whether it’s too big or too small, nobody wants to make a major purchase only to discover at delivery that it just will not fit. We have a new tool to help you put your fears at ease. The Room Planner tool on allows you to draw a room to scale and place furniture selections without any heavy lifting.

Here’s how it works:

1. Measure your room, noting the dimensions of any architectural features like windows and doors.

2. Go to our website and click on the Room Planner tool, located on the top left tool bar or at the bottom of the home page. Click “Start Planning”.

3. Select the room shape that best matches your room. Don’t worry if there’s not an exact match. You can tweak wall length and angles later. Enter the over all width and length of your space, and the planner will automatically generate the room.

4. Next, add your architectural features. You can select from the tool bar on the right. Under the generic tab, select “architectural” from the drop down menu. You have a variety of features to choose from like windows, doors, fireplaces, etc… Drag and drop your selected feature onto the wall where you would like it placed. Tweak the placement along the wall by dragging the item left, right, up or down. Use the background grid as a guide for proper spacing, and confirm placement using the measure tool (ruler icon at top). Change the size of an element by clicking the “i” icon, and entering the dimensions in inches.

5. Once you have your architectural features in place, you can begin placing furniture. You can search for product using the search tool on the left. Search by manufacturer, collection, or by item. To search for a sofa, click the “products” tab, select “type” from the drop down menu, and then select “sofa” from the drop down menu. Scroll to find a sofa style you like, then drag and drop it into your room. You can also search for items by manufacturer, but it is helpful to know the specific item or collection name. If you have not made specific selections yet, you can use basic templates from the “generic” tab.

6. Once you have selected your furnishings, you can move them around the floor plan by clicking and dragging them. Use the “rotate” tool to rotate the angle of an item. If you just click the rotate tool, it will rotate the item 90 degrees. If you click and hold, you can rotate the item to any angle while moving the mouse.

7. Remember to build your furniture placement around the focal point, placing your largest items first. Leave at least three feet of space for major walkways, and don’t forget to allow space to move around within the furniture grouping. Eighteen inches is needed between a sofa and cocktail table, and allow three feet from the edge of dining table and the wall for sliding out chairs.

8. Once your plan is complete, you can save it by creating a log in. Not only will this keep all of your plans in one place, but it will also allow you to save multiple versions of a single plan. When you print your plan, it will also include a list of the products used within the plan, making shopping a breeze. Before making a purchase, make sure to measure door and stairwell openings, and note any sharp or difficult turns leading into the room where the furniture will go. Remember, just because it will fit in the room, doesn’t mean it can get there.

Give our new Room Planner a try today and take the guess work out of furniture shopping. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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Can better sleep help you keep your New Year’s resolution?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

By: BreeAnn Cook

mattressesThere’s something exhilarating about the start of a new year. If offers a fresh beginning; the opportunity to put bad habits behind us and create new, better habits. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves derailed for a multitude of reasons, bud did you know that lack of sleep could be the culprit? A good night’s rest is crucial to functioning optimally. If you resolved to lose weight, reduce stress, or learn something new in 2017, sleep loss prohibiting you from reaching your goals. Sleep rejuvenates the body, and refreshes the mind giving your more energy, better focus and less stress.

So, how can you get more shut eye? First diagnose the problem. Do you toss and turn at night? Is your partner keeping you awake with snoring or constantly changing positions? Do you get too hot or just struggle to get comfortable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your mattress may be causing you hours of vital rest.

Tossing and turning, whether by you or your partner, is typically caused by pressure points. When body your does not get proper support, circulation can be cut off causing discomfort. Your body signals the brain that it needs blood flow, and causes you to re-position, consequently waking you. A memory foam mattress can help reduce pressure points that cause you to re-position. As a bonus, it can also help with motion transfer, so you won’t feel your significant other moving either. A snoring partner can not only prevent you from falling asleep, it can wake you after you’ve fallen asleep.

Elevating the head using an adjustable base will help prevent snoring, while increasing blood flow, a win win. Lastly, if you struggle with overheating, try a Tempur-Pedic Breeze mattress that releases cooling comfort throughout the night, or add a Bedgear cooling mattress protector and pillow to your existing mattress.

Resolve to catch more Zs with a sleep solution from Bowen Town and Country. Better quality sleep will you keep you focused and energized so you can slay those New Year’s goals.

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Find your cushion comfort

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

bowen furnitureBy: BreeAnn Cook

As consumers, comfort is typically our top priority when it comes to purchasing upholstered furniture. If we sit on a sofa or chair that isn’t comfortable, we move on to the next one, not realizing that we might have other options. Most upholstery manufacturers offer three or more cushion options allowing you to customize your comfort level. Although each manufacturer will have different capabilities, we are going to explain the most common types.

The standard option usually consists of a 1.8 density foam core wrapped in Dacron batting. 1.8 density foam has long been the industry standard but we are starting to see a shift to 2.0 density foam. Higher end companies will often use 2.5 density foam called Qualux, which lasts longer over time. Be sure to ask what the standard cushion option is, as it can vary from vendor to vendor.

Firm or extra firm cushions consist of the same ingredients as a standard cushion, except the cushion core is made of a firmer, denser foam. This is a good option if you do not like that “sink into” feeling. It’s also a great option for elderly who find it difficult to get up from a standard cushion. Some vendors will offer a spring down cushion as an upgraded option, which actually has springs built into the cushion itself. Pocketed coils are encompassed within the foam core to provide extra support. This is a good option for those who like a medium firmness.

If you prefer a softer one, then consider a down blend cushion option. It has a foam core, wrapped in Dacron, and an additional layer of down and feather blend on top. This down blend layer is wrapped in a down proof ticking to resist the feathers coming through the fabric cover. Down blend cushions are a softer, sink into type cushion, and will have a more casual look, often referred to a comfort wrinkles. They require more fluffing than standard cushions.

Lastly, some higher end companies will offer an all down option which is ultra soft and luxurious. All down will compact as you sit in it, and will require constant fluffing. This is the best option for those who want to curl up and sink into their sofa, and who don’t mind a messy, casual look.

Every manufacturer has different options, so be sure to ask your salesperson about the options available on your favorite product. We invite you to visit our showroom and test drive the various cushion options and find your cushion comfort.

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