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Labor Day Savings Event

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

smith brothersBy BreeAnn Cook:

Do you ever wonder when is the best time to buy furniture? Manufacturers typically offer promotions throughout the year, and every furniture store will have their own sales as well, but, as a general rule, Labor Day is a great time to save. With kids heading back to school, and minds shifting to the approaching holiday season, people are preparing their homes for all those guests. Furniture manufacturers know this and strive to entice you with additional savings. Here’s a list of our upcoming Labor Day Savings to help you find exactly what you need:

Hancock & Moore– 5% off Upholstery. We love them for their top quality leather and exquisite detailing. Aug.1 st – Sept. 5th

Tempur-Pedic– Save up to $500 on select adjustable mattress sets. If your looking for a great night’s sleep, you owe it to yourself to try a Tempur-Pedic. Aug. 21 st –Sept. 17th

Stressless– Receive up to $1500 toward the purchase of Stressless seating or accessories, or Save $500 on any Stressless Signature Base recliner and
ottoman or LegComfort Recliner. Check out the latest and greatest from the innovators of comfort. You will love the gentle rocking motion of the
signature base.

IMG– 5% off all relaxers, wall savers, and home theater seating. They swivel, glide, recline, and best of all, they are compact, so they work well is
small spaces.

Smith Brothers– 10% off upholstery. Quality upholstery is made with quality components, and Smith Brothers prides themselves on using the best
materials. We’d love to show what sets them apart.

Bradington Young– 10% off all luxury motion products. Bradington Young has you covered when it comes to reclining sectionals, sofas, or
chairs. Available in fabric or leather, power or manual, they’ve got the options you need.

Universal – Back to School Savings 10% off Smartstuff (Aug. 25 th -Sept. 4th ). Labor Day sale on Paula Deen Home (Sept. 1st – 12th ) Smartstuff is our go to source for kid’s furniture, with “Smart” features.

C.R.Laine – Save an additional 10% off upholstery (does not include MatchMaker). If you’re looking for a well tailored sofa with designer
details, look no further than C.R.Laine. They offer several customizations options that allow you furniture to stand out from all the rest. (Aug. 30th
–Sept. 6th ).

Kincaid – 10% off

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

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The bed that goes great with anything….

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

By: BreeAnn Cook

When it comes to flexibility, nothing gives you more options than a metal bed. They come in a variety of styles and finishes, making them complimentary to all design aesthetics, and best of all, they can be mixed with any wood finish, no “matching” required. With over 40 years of experience, Wesley Allen, a Los Angeles based manufacturer, has perfected the metal bed. Here’s what sets them apart:

–  Over 30 multi-layered hand applied finishes to choose from, so you’ll find a color you love.

– High end fabric options for upholstered headboards, including Sunbrella fabrics.

– Configuration options like complete beds, headboard only, headboard with surround, canopy beds, day beds and beds with return posts.

– Unibody Construction that yields uncompromising strength.

– Powerbond finish for superior durability, that doesn’t chip or flake easily.

– Patented Millenium Frames made of high gauge steel for superior mattress support; it’s strongest in the industry.

– Hand poured decorative castings over welded iron creates a solid, one piece bed.

– Lifetime warranty, so you can purchase with confidence.

Whether you’re mixing with family heirlooms, or just want to add a bold statement to your master bedroom, metal beds are a great solution. Shop our selection of Wesley Allen beds, or visit our showroom today.

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

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The Rocking chair…a Southern staple with health benefits.

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

troutman chairsBy BreeAnn Cook

The front porch rocker is practically a Southern icon and is synonymous with a laid back lifestyle. From birth, we are familiarized with that soothing, rocking motion that seems to melt your cares away, but could there be more benefits than just relaxation? Various studies suggest that simply rocking in a rocking chair can have real health benefits. Late 90’s research at the University of Rochester showed that dementia and Alzheimer patients improved balance, strength and mood from rocking about 20 minutes three times a day. It resulted in happier patients with less anxiety. A teacher in Washington State discovered that his students with ADHD/ADD were able to stay more focused and on task when rocking in a chair, resulting in improved grades.

Rocking therapy has also increased recovery time and reduced the amount of pain medication needed for abdominal surgery patients and women who had C-sections. Of course, mothers instinctively rock their newborns as a means to calm them; therefore, rocking chairs have become common  fixtures in most maternity wards. Rocking not only soothes both mom and baby post birth, but can help relax the mother and reduce pain during labor. Rocking has been used to help with back pain for years, perhaps most notably by President John F. Kennedy. The gentle rocking motion relaxes and stretches the back muscles and it’s been reported that Kennedy had over a dozen rocking chairs, one everywhere he went, included his oval office and Air Force One. The “Carolina Rocker” then made by P& P Chairs became known as the “Kennedy Rocker” and can still be purchased today from Troutman Chair Co., who purchased P&P Chairs in 2008.

We are proud to carry Troutman Chair Co. rockers, made right here in North Carolina. Their superior comfort and construction earned them the title of “World’s Best Rocker”. They feature an arched back rail for shoulder comfort, and steam bent back slats for lumbar support. The seat is sloped in
two directions for extra comfort and the front of the seat is rounded down so as not to restrict circulation. They also use stair stepped side rungs to create just the right pitch for ease of rocking.

To learn more about the health benefits of rocking chairs and the information shared in this post, visit www.rockingchairtherapy.org. To try rocking chair therapy for yourself, visit our showroom today.

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A Great American Value…Kincaid Upholstery

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

By: BreeAnn Cook

Sometimes, it feels like you have to choose between good quality and a good price when it comes to upholstery and furniture. If the price is low, then it seems the construction quality has been reduced. Kincaid furniture has made it their mission to offer you quality upholstery through tried and true techniques, at an exceptional value, without compromise. Here’s what you can expect from your Kincaid Upholstery:

– Unitized frame construction using select wood components to prevent warping

– Mortise and tenon frame joints, and reinforced corner braces for a strong and sturdy frame

– Eight way hand tied or sinous spring system (your choice), both with a lifetime warranty

– Solid wood legs with multi-step finishes, including nine painted finish options

– Three different cushion options for personalized comfort

– Kinguard fabric selections for upholstery that really gets live on; they are kid proof, puppy proof and life proof with ease of cleaning.

– Lifetime warranty on the frame, springs, and cushions. They are confident in their product and you can be too.

– Hand-crafted in America…actually, right here in North Carolina!

We are proud offer Kincaid upholstery because it provides our customers with a wide range of upholstery options, backed by a quality, made in America story, all at a great value. Visit our showroom today to see the new Kinguard performance fabrics designed for the way you live your life.

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

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Mattress shopping just got easier!!!!

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

sealy

By: BreeAnn Cook

Could there be anything harder to shop for than a mattress? Much like shopping for a car, all the important stuff is hidden “under the hood.” All those layers of foam and springs are concealed inside the mattress. At least with a car, you can peek under the hood, even if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Well, Sealy understands your frustration and they have developed a new icon system that will help you not only identify the mattress contents, but also discover key features that address your sleep needs.

Key Features Include:

– Pressure Relieving Foam that adapts to your body, relieving pressure points for personalized comfort.

–  Zoned Support for reinforcement in the center of the mattress where the heaviest part of your body needs it the most.

– Reinforced edge provides a durable sitting surface and extended sleeping surface.

– Climate control features like moisture wicking fabric and cool to the touch technology helps keep you dry and comfortable.

– Clean technology protects the mattress from common allergens, such as mite dander.

– Adjustable base compatible means that its specifically designed to work with adjustable bases.

– Posturepedic Technology is exclusive to Sealy and provides reinforced support in the mattress quilt area with additional foam.

We are adding the new Sealy mattress Conform and Response line up to our bedding gallery, and we invite you to come give them a try. Be sure to check out the icon located on the end of each bed, highlighting the key features that will help you rest better, and make your mattress shopping experience easier.

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

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Unique Comfort choices from Stressless

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

StresslessBy BreeAnn Cook

If you’ve ever experienced a Stressless recliner, you know why they are synonymous with comfort. But, did you know that Stressless offers base choices allowing you to create your own unique style of comfort? Ekornes has expanded their Stressless base lineup to include rocking, power and even office base options.

The Classic Base is made of laminated European beech and is available in multiple finish options. The lines are simple and classic, just as the name indicates.

The Siganture Base takes comfort to a new level with a subtle rocking motion that will send you into ultimate relaxation. It’s made of aluminum with a wooden frame, and sits slightly taller than the Signature base. The over all look is sleek and contemporary.

The Classic Legcomfort base is the newest introduction from Ekornes. It’s a powered footrest hidden under the seat, which extends out at the push of a button. Currently, Legcomfort is only in available on Medium and Large sizes, and is available with battery power backup.

The Home office base provides the same comfort you love from Stressless recliners, with the freedom of movement needed in an office environment. Speaking from experience, this is the most comfortable office chair you will ever enjoy.

Visit our showroom today in Winston-Salem to try the different base options for yourself, and stay tuned to our Facebook Page for the arrival of the Legcomfort base. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Cool new finds from the High Point Furniture Market

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

The High Point Furniture Market is the showplace for manufacturers to debut their latest and greatest in new products. Since technology has become an integral part of our lives, manufacturers seek new ways to impress us with their tech tools. Let’s talk about some of the hot new features.

Southern Motion introduced us to the articulating headrest that provides perfect neck support while optimizing the television viewing angle. They also gave us full power recliners and a built in USB port for charging our devices while we relax. Now, they are offering an app that controls your recliner. What???? Well since you already have your cell phone handy, why not use it to recline your chair. The app also allows you to set your favorite chair position with memory settings.

If you own an IMG Comfort Relaxer, you already know that they are extremely comfortable. They swivel, glide, recline and have an adjustable headrest, all without taking up much space. They are also available in both power and manual models. Now, IMG has added a power headrest and power lumbar support option. So, instead of a single motor to recline the relaxer, there are now three motors, one for each function. This option is currently available on the Chelsea model only, but should be available on more models soon.

You may remember our blog post a few months ago on the health benefits of a standing desk. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Now, you can have a desk that adjusts to your desired height at the touch of a button. Gat Creek introduced the Sullivan lift desk that transitions from a seated height to standing height with ease. It can move from a minimum 28” height to a maximum 47” height, and can carry up to 165 pounds of office equipment. It also features programmable memory buttons allowing you to adjust to four different height preferences. It comes in two lengths, 48” and 60”, and is available in a variety of finishes on Ash, Cherry or Maple. Watch their video here.

These are just a few on the new introductions that you can expect to see on our showroom floor in a few months. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, so you can be one of the first to know when the new products arrive! Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Answering your top design questions…

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

Working with clients both in their homes and in the store, I get quite a few design questions related to rugs, sofa cushion styles, and more. It seems that the same questions come up over and over, so let’s discuss your top concerns.

Q. Do I need to buy my rug before selecting my fabrics and furniture?

A. Designers tend to differ on this, but in my opinion, no. The idea of purchasing your rug first stems from high end oriental carpets, that are truly heirlooms, kept for many years before being passed down to a family member. Lifestyles dictate a more casual way of living and thus more casual rugs. Where oriental carpets tend to have strong patterns and many colors that determine the color palette, the more casual rugs have more open patterns, and often feature more geometric designs with only a couple of colors. Basically, styles have changed and the need to buy the rug first should change accordingly.

Q. What size rug do I need for my space?

A. It varies depending on the room size, but using a larger rug can make a room feel larger. A good rule of thumb, in a seating area, you want at least the front two feet of the furniture to be on the rug. For dining rooms, you need a rug large enough to accommodate all legs of the chairs when pulled out from the table. Keep in mind, that when using motion furniture like swivel chairs or reclining pieces, it is usually necessary to have a rug large enough to accommodate the entire base, so that the piece remains level.

Q. Which is better, a two cushion sofa or a three cushion sofa?

A. Two cushion sofas tend to be the same size as a three cushion sofas, but the cushions are larger. Larger cushions sit a bit softer and will need to be rotated more often for even wear. Two cushions sofas also feel more relaxed or casual, where three cushions feel more traditional. Ultimately, it comes down to personal style preference.

Q. Is it okay to put a bed in front of a window?

A. Absolutely. The bed is the focal point of the bedroom, and should be the first thing you notice. Sometimes, with a challenging floor plan, that requires placing the bed in front of windows. I recommend using an open headboard like a metal bed or a slatted bed, allowing light from the windows to filter through. Another option is to use a lower headboard that falls below the windows.

Need an answer to your design question? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to message us on Facebook or send us an email.

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Before you buy, consider this…

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

We’ve all bought something before that just didn’t turn out like we thought it would. You found the perfect fabric and the perfect chair, but when it arrived, it was NOT so perfect. Maybe the fabric didn’t pair up like you dreamed? It happens, so here are a few things to consider when selecting a fabric for your furniture.

First, consider scale. As a general rule, it’s best to use small scaled patterns on smaller pieces of furniture, and large scale on larger items. For example: a huge floral print looks fantastic when you can center the floral motif on the back of an ample lounge chair; however, that same big pattern will loose its impact on a small pull up chair. In the same token, a large pattern can be overwhelming on an entire sofa or sectional.

Next, consider shapes and contours. When you have a curvy or shaped piece, fabric application is very important. On a curved inside back, there will be wrinkles, because it is almost impossible to get the fabric smoothed on a curve. On solids it may not be a concern, but on patterns, these wrinkles can cause distorting. Same goes with tufting. Patterns can be greatly altered by tufting, which is why stripes and tufting do not mix well. Stripes and plaids do not work well on curved pieces either. Plaids in general are particularly tricky, because they have lines running in both directions, making them extra challenging to line up and match. Save stripes and plaids for frames that are simple and clean lined.

Lastly, consider the fabric content for the application. Linens are light and luxurious, but are prone to wrinkling. Cottons can wrinkle and crease too. If this bothers you, then use them sparingly and wisely. They are great on pillows, items with tight backs and seats, and smaller cushions. Wrinkles will be more prominent on larger or longer cushions, often referred to as comfort wrinkles. This is also true on down cushions, which also have those cozy comfort wrinkles.

Don’t be afraid to have fun with fabric. If you love it, embrace it. Just give the application some serious thought first. When in doubt, try our online draping tool for Kincaid, Rowe, and Robin Bruce. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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The Art of Upholstery…a labor of love.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By BreeAnn Cook

Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the C.R.Laine upholstery manufacturing plant in Hickory, North Carolina. I’ve sold furniture for years and I’m familiar with quality construction, but what I saw and learned during my visit had me asking “How can they sell it for so little?”

The entire experience was a complete delight. I joined a group of other designers and retailers from across the US to get an inside look at what makes C.R.Laine different. It is amazing the time and effort that goes into a single piece of furniture. The tour began in product development and planning, where conceptual drawings are created using a CAD program. The drawings are tweaked and optimized before being sent to pattern development, where patterns are created based on the drawings. The patterns are used to cut out the individual components of a piece of upholstery, such as an arm panel, a back panel or seat cushion. Each piece requires a pattern. Before cutting, the pattern must be laid out on the fabric to determine print placement. Once fabric layout is determined, it proceeds to cutting. During this time, the frame is also being prepared for upholstery. It starts with frame assembly, then moves on to finishing. After the frame is finished (stained or painted), the springs, webbing, and other support components are added. Back on the other side of the plant, the fabric cutting is complete, and the process has moved on to sewing. Each cushion and pillow casing is sewn, adding the welts, decorative trims and zippers. Now the fabric and frame come together in the upholstery department, where skilled artisans have spent years cultivating their craft. It was evident that this is not something one just picks up over night. It takes time to learn how to fold and tuck the fabric in such a way that it “flattering” to the piece. One must pay careful attention to make certain that the fabric is applied symmetrically, not pulled too tightly, so as to skew the pattern. Tufting is particularly challenging, and we learned that a single tufted ottoman can take two hours or more just to tuft properly. This doesn’t include the time spent in framing, sewing, finishing, etc… Once a piece is complete, it’s inspected for quality workmanship, and if approved, moves on steaming/pressing, then packing and shipping. The average piece of furniture leaving the C.R.Laine factory has been touched by at least seven, most likely more, individuals who take great pride in the products they produce. Every piece has a tag that reads “We are proud to put our signature on the work that we have crafted for you” and it is signed by each worker that helped create that piece of furniture along the way.

During the short two days spent with C.R.Laine team, I witnessed such passion. They were excited about their products, their leathers, their fabrics and their devotion to quality. They could make cheaper; they could use less foam, less springs and support, lower quality materials, and inferior construction methods, but they choose not to. That is what makes C.R.Laine different.

We are proud to carry their quality products, and we know that you will be proud to own it. Visit our showroom today to see it and try it for yourself. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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