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Staff Pick Series: Garry Christ’s Pick

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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.

Garry Crist’s employee pick

Comfort and value are two things that rank highly on Garry’s list. That why his employee pick is the Dalton Sofa with chaise from Rowe furniture. This particular sofa chaise combo offers the functionality of a small sectional with the flexibility of a standard sofa.

Unlike most sectionals, it features an independent storage ottoman, and a separate chaise cushion, so the chaise portion can be flipped from the right hand of the sofa to the left. It also comes with an extra seat cushion allowing it to be used as just a sofa. What this means for you is no fear of commitment that comes with a typical sectional, where you are forced to choose between a left or right-hand chaise, limiting your furniture layout possibilities.

With hundreds of fabric options, and pricing starting at just $1500, this sofa chaise combo is an incredible value. And Garry knows first hand how comfortable it is to stretch out on, since both of his children own one. You really can’t get a better testimonial than that!

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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What you need to know before buying a sectional

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

sofasBy: BreeAnn Cook

Most homes today embrace the open concept floor plan, with fewer walls and larger, more spacious living areas. Unfortunately, with so much openness, it can be challenging to arrange furniture. Sectionals are a popular choice for defining the living room, but they can be tricky to order. Here are few things you need to know about ordering a sectional.

1. They are left and right hand pieces, labeled LAF or RAF, meaning left hand facing or right hand facing. When you are facing the piece of furniture, the arm will be either on the left or the right respectively. Some manufacturers will label them LSE or RSE, which means left seated end or right seated end. When you are seated in the piece, the arm will be on your left or right. Make sure you pay attention to these labels and arm placement, to confirm that you purchasing the correct configuration.

2. Most manufacturers offer a sofa with a built in corner. Corner pieces are required when creating an “L” shape, but a built in corner unit often saves money as it reduces the number pieces required. When looking at the component options, be sure to look for the word “corner” when selecting sofa pieces. These can often be mistaken for a left or right sofa piece, especially when looking at line drawings only.

3. Wedge pieces tend to be large and take up more space. If you are trying to conserve space, opt for a corner unit instead of the wedge.

4. Consider seam placement. Since a sectional consists of multiple pieces connected together, there will be seams where each connects. Careful planning will help you conceal these seams. This is another example where using a sofa with built in corner is a good idea, as it eliminates a seam, at least on one side of the sectional. If one portion of the sectional will back up against a wall, plan to have the seam against the wall, not on the floating portion of the sectional. Sometimes, seams cannot be avoided, and in those cases, adding a console table behind the sectional will hide unsightly junctions.

5. Speaking of connections… be sure to ask about how the sectional clips together. You want to make certain that the manufacturer offers some sort of clip system, so that your pieces will stay connected and not move. There are different types of clips and some are easier to reconnect than others. Don’t be afraid to ask your sales person for a demonstration, so that you will know how to fix the issue if your sectional becomes unclipped.

Take your time, draw a sketch if needed, and double check item descriptions before placing your order. Start shopping our sectional selection today. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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Finding the “Just Right” Sofa

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

bowenFor Goldilocks, things were pretty easy. When looking for the perfect chair to sit in for a little rest, she tried one that was too hard, one that was too soft, and then, on just the third try, she found a chair that was “just right.” At Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we know that it often take a lot more than three tries to find the perfect chair or sofa. Many of the people who walk into our showroom will tell us they’ve visited three to four furniture stores already, and after looking for days for just the right piece of furniture for their home, they’re about ready to give up, thinking what they want isn’t out there.

We’re here to tell you, it is. Thanks to wonderful manufacturers such as Rowe it is easy to get exactly what you want, without having to spend hours upon hours walking around showroom floors, sitting on countless different types of sofas.

Rowe understands that every person has their own unique taste, so they have created a line of strong, comfortable sofas and chairs that will fit into any person’s home décor. One thing that makes this furniture special is that today’s products come from over 60 years of the company paying attention to what the customer wants, and really listening to the preferences and concerns of their customers. Rowe has even developed its own Rowe University, where sales staff are educated about what goes into Rowe furniture and taught to listen and report feedback in order to continue to improve the business.

One thing the designers at Rowe learned over the years is that everyone is different. Some people like traditional, full-sized sofas. Some people are looking for a comfortable, big chair, but one that’s not a recliner. Some people like bright colored fabrics and bold patterns, other people like neutral patterns and conservative throw pillows. After years of serving the public, the people at Rowe have learned that the best thing to do is be flexible. The company has a large line of sofas, chairs and sleeper sofas. But if you don’t see what you like, you tell them and they will make it for you. With a variety of styles to choose from and over 500 fabrics available, it is easy to get the exact sofa you’ve been dreaming of when you work with Rowe.

Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to see for yourself the sturdy design and comfortable feel of Rowe sofas. It’s a great choice when the time comes for your next sofa or chair purchase. And maybe this time, you’ll find the “just right” chair even quicker than Goldilocks.

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

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Fall In Love With Sofas

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

22_738_SM09_medium“We strive to make furniture of such impeccable quality that it brings joy not only to the people who own it, but also to the craftsmen who build it.” – Harley F. Shuford, Sr., founder, Century Furniture.

Until you’ve fallen in love sofas or a piece of furniture, you might find yourself scoffing at someone who talks about their new loveseat or recliner like it’s a member of the family. But once you’ve felt that connection, you’ll understand completely what it’s like to own a piece of furniture that brings you joy.

At Century Furniture, their goal is to create furniture that will not only be functional, but will also bring joy to those who come in contact with it. Since 1947, this family owned and operated business in Hickory, N.C. has been creating quality furnishings for the homes of people here in the United States as well as around the world.

Of course, Century produces a wide variety of furnishings, from beds and cabinets to dining tables and accessories. But what we’ll focus on today is the infinite number of choices available when it comes to sofas. There are quite a few different designs to choose from, ranging from formal to casual, all with comfort in mind as well as style.

Once you’ve found the style to fit your home, you can make it uniquely yours. More than 2,000 fabrics and over 50 finishes to choose from allow for infinite possibilities. Whether you’re trying to match existing décor or strike out with a bold new style, you’ll be sure to find something to help realize the images you’ve created in your head.

Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to see for yourself just how comfortable the sofas from Century Furniture are, as well as stylish. And when you do make your purchase, one that we’re sure you’ll love, you can be proud to know the furniture was manufactured right here in the United States, but craftsmen from our neighboring furniture metropolis, Hickory.

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

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