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What sets Smith Brothers furniture apart?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

smith brothersBy BreeAnn Cook:

Even though I’ve sold furniture for years and understand quality, there were a few stand out things during the factory tour that really set Smith Brothers apart.

Fabric vendors provide fabric performance ratings to manufacturers, but Smith Brothers has found it crucial to do their own in-house testing. They do not just take the mill’s word for it, they test each fabric added to their fabric offering for abrasion and durability. They rate it one through five, and if they find the fabric has significant abrasion or piling issues, it doesn’t make the cut. This also helps the company determine which fabrics are sturdy enough for use on recliners. In addition to abrasion testing, they also test for seam slippage using a weighted wheel which is dropped on either side of a seem over and over. After five hundred times, they check to see if the fabric shows pulling at the seams. If a fabric shows slippage, then they will reinforce the seams by adding a bead of glue along the seam line.

Smith Bros. uses a pre-engineered heavy gauge spring coil unit under each seat cushion, providing independent suspension for each person on a sofa. The front edge on the unit is bent upward, except where prohibited such as curved shapes. This provides extra support and durability at the front end of the cushion, a high stress point. What I did not realize is that the entire coil unit is dipped into a protective coating to prevent squeaking over time.
Seat cushions feature a 2.5 density Qualux foam that holds its resiliency better over time, and back cushions are filled with fiber blown into chambers to reduce settling and sagging.

Smith Brothers constantly reevaluates its products and processes to make sure they are producing the best quality product for the end consumer. It may not be the most cost-effective way to do business, but their dedication has paid off. By the end of this year they will complete a large expansion that will allow them to ramp up production, including an ample staging area to streamline the shipping process. Speaking of shipping, did I mention that they deliver to our warehouse on their own trucks? These are custom built trucks with special shelving, so they never ship a sofa on end potentially damaging the arms.

Smith Brothers produces quality from start to finish. The workers take pride in making it, which makes us proud to sell it, and will make you proud to own it. Visit our Winston Salem showroom today to see and experience the difference for yourself.

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

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The right performance fabrics for your lifestyle

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

bowenBy BreeAnn Cook:

By now we’re sure you have heard about performance fabrics that are engineered to be resistant to stains, repel water, resist fading and so on. But, did  you know that not all performance fabrics are created equal? Since these family friendly fabrics burst onto the market a few years ago, they have been growing in popularity. Now there are several companies that make these types of fabrics and almost every manufacturer carries them. With so many options, it’s hard to know which is right for you and your family. Here is a breakdown on the different options and how they might improve your lifestyle.

If you have an active family, then you need a performance fabric that is durable and resists stains. The great news is that most all brands of  performance fabrics have these properties. Consider Crypton, Sunbrella, Revolution, WearProof, WearProof Plus, Sustain, or Resilience TX.

If you like to entertain and have messy friend or family then consider Crypton, Sunbrella, and WearProof Plus for spill repellency. Liquids will bead up on the fabric surface instead of permeating the cloth.

Have pets? Both Crypton and WearProof Plus resists odors, so you don’t have to worry if Fluffy and Fido join you on the sofa.

Need something for an extra sunny space? Sunbrella is UV and fade resistance making them ideal for sunrooms and other spaces with lots of natural light.

Extreme living requires extreme cleaning capabilities. Most performance fabrics can be cleaned with mild soap and water, but some can be cleaned with a bleach solution. Sunbrella, Sustain and Revolution are all solution dyed fabrics meaning that the color is an inherent part of the fibers making them color fast.

If you want something that is eco-friendly, then consider Sustain or Crypton. Both are members of the Sustainable Furniture Council. Crypton is GreenGuard Certified and Sustain is PFC free.

Whether you want to host friends for a wine tasting, curl up with your furry friend, or fend off the sun’s harmful rays there is a performance fabric suitable for your lifestyle. Visit our showroom today to see the many offerings of performance fabrics and let us help you find the right choice for your family.

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

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Stellar Comfort with Eclipse, a luxury recliner with infinite positioning

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

bowen furnitureBy BreeAnn Cook:

Stellar Comfort with Eclipse by UltraComfort is the world’s first three motor luxury recliner. The three motors work independently to help you achieve  optimal relaxation. Motor 1 controls the leg rest. Raise your feet to whatever position is comfortable while still sitting upright. Motor 2 controls the back rest. You can recline just a little or you can lay flat for sleeping. Motor 3 is the Eclipse cradle comfort positioner. The “cradle”  mechanism allows the entire chair to tilt backwards, almost like it’s tilting on its axis, so you can find just the right position. Eclipse can be used with the programmable comfort positions like Zero Gravity and TV viewing position. You can also achieve a new lounge position with Eclipse feature that  places the back, legs and seat all at a thirty-degree angle, to achieve maximum rest and rejuvenation. You can even achieve Trendelenburg position, with the feet slightly above heart level, to improve circulation. All these positions are controlled with the Auto Drive remote.

The top total controls allow you to lift the chair up giving you a boost upward, out of the chair, or recline the back of the chair. The center position  control has two programmable buttons for zero-gravity and TV viewing. Press the “M” memory button until the light blinks, then press and hold the ZG or TV button to set your favorite position. The eclipse control has a left and right arrow buttons to activate the cradle mechanism. Press and hold the right arrow button to active the eclipse mechanism, tilting the chair. Press and hold the left arrow button to return to the previous position. The  Custom controls on the bottom of the remote allow you to achieve your perfect comfort position by raising the footrest up or down and reclining the backrest as desired.

UltraComfort chairs are made in America… Old Forge, Pennsylvania to be exact and are available in a variety of colors and fabrics. Their chairs are backed with the best warranty in the business. We are proud to offer UltraComfort to our customers and we invite you to visit our Winston Salem showroom to experience the new Stellar Comfort Eclipse for yourself.

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

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Introducing Scrimmage…functional Kid’s furniture

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

By: BreeAnn Cook

Scrimmage is the newest collection of kid’s furniture from Smartstuff by Universal. Simple, clean lines and a neutral weathered gray finish makes for a transitional group that works great for boys or girls.

Cool metal accents and oil rubbed bronze hardware give it stylish, timeless appeal that grows with your child from grade school to their first apartment; While English dovetail drawer construction, 9/16” drawer walls, bolt in bed rails, and plywood slat rolls means it is built to last too. Besides longevity, parents will also love the safety features like lead free paints, wider grooved ladders for better traction, and Smart-stop drawer system that prevents opening more than one drawer at a time. Kids will love the cool little extras such as the nightstand in the sky (on bunk beds), built in lights, hidden storage and charging stations.

Come check out the new collection in store now, or shop online!

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

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Vaughan-Bassett partners with hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town”

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

bowenVaughan-Bassett Furniture Company announced at the Spring 2018 High Point Furniture Market that they will partner with Ben and Erin Napier, the hosts of HGTV’s hit show, “Home Town” to create multiple casegood collections.

As fans of the show “Home Town” already know, the Napiers are dedicated to revitalizing their own home town of Laurel, Mississippi by remodeling homes and breathing life back into the neighborhood. Ben has a workshop where he creates his own furniture designs and Erin uses her designer expertise to pull their remodel projects together. Their dedication even extends to their store, Laurel Mercantile, where they feature products made in the USA. Since the success of their show, multiple companies expressed interest in creating a furniture line for them, but the Napiers really wanted to partner with an American-made manufacturer that shared their vision for supporting American workers. Vaughan-Bassett was a natural partnership, as they are known for fighting to keep furniture production in their home town of Galax, Virginia when other companies were cutting cost by moving production overseas.

The new collections will feature both solid wood and veneered case goods and will debut at the Fall Furniture Market. Stay tuned for details!

Can’t wait until the Fall for new American-made bedroom or dining furniture? Shop our Vaughan-Bassett collection now HERE.

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Staff Pick Series: Holly’s Pick

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

bowen furnitureWe see furniture day in and day out. We’ve seen styles come and go, and then come around again in a new way. With all that change, it can be challenging to pick a favorite, but we do tend to have pieces that we fancy more than others. We thought it would be fun to share each of our staff’s favorite picks and why.

Holly’s Employee pick…

If you’ve had the opportunity to meet our newest team member, Holly, then you know she has a vivacious personality. So, it comes as no surprise that her employee pick is a chair that truly allows her to express her individual taste. The Bradstreet chair by C.R.Laine has classic appeal, that can take on a bold twist when upholstered in one of the many fashion forward fabric options in the line.

Pair that with any custom matched Benjamin Moore paint color of your choice, and finish the look with custom trim options like nail-head, contrast fabric or decorative banding, for a look that is uniquely you. Not only does the Bradstreet chair make a killer style statement, it’s also incredibly comfortable. What’s not to love? Check it out HERE, or visit our showroom to see the fabric selections.

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

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Staff Pick Series: David Paff’s Pick

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

bowen furnitureStaff Pick Series…

We see furniture day in and day out. We’ve seen styles come and go, and then come around again in a new way. With all that change, it can be challenging to pick a favorite, but we do tend to have pieces that we fancy more than others. We thought it would be fun to share each of our staff’s favorite picks and why.

David Paff’s employee pick…

David appreciates the quality story of solid wood furniture, but he also likes a break from the traditional style that tends to accompany it. That’s why he chose the new Plank Road dining collection from Kincaid as his employee pick. Plank Road offers solid wood construction, with a reclaimed barn wood feel, making it an excellent choice for active families. Available in two finish options, Charcoal and Stone, it has clean lines with simple metal details that seamlessly blends modern and vintage styling. Also, the collection offers a variety of seating and storage options, allowing you to mix and match for your lifestyle. A pair of Oakley upholstered hostess chairs, mixed with ladderback side chairs, and even an upholstered bench gives flexible seating options, and creates an eclectic blend that’s unique and different, not so cookie cutter. Visit our showroom to see Plank Road dining or shop the collection HERE.

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

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Staff Pick Series: Steve Rice’s Pick

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

bowen furniture winston salemStaff Pick Series

We see furniture day in and day out. We’ve seen styles come and go, and then come around again in a new way. With all that change, it can be challenging to pick a favorite, but we do tend to have pieces that we fancy more than others. We thought it would be fun to share each of our staff’s favorite picks and why.

Steve Rice’s employee pick

With 30 years of experience in furniture, salesman, Steve Rice knows how to recognize quality craftsmanship. Which is exactly why he selected the New England Cabinet from Palettes by Winesburg as his employee pick.

This solid cherry cabinet features simple yet elegant lines that make it a classic addition to any room, not just a dining room. It’s unique combination of glass and wood panel doors allow for both display and hidden storage.

It also features accent lighting that is activated by a simple touch of the hinge, so you can highlight your decorative items displayed in the glass portion. Michaels finish on Cherry is a favorite combination, but this cabinet can be custom ordered in maple, cherry, or oak in a variety of finishes.

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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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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