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Re-fresh your room in 5 minutes!!!

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

bowen furnitureBy BreeAnn Cook:

We all get tired of our décor from time to time, but re-decorating an entire room isn’t always an option. Fortunately, one of the quickest ways to  change the look of a room without changing the furniture is with a new area rug. The floor is often overlooked, but it can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. Here are a few reasons to change or add an area rug:

An area rug often dictates the color scheme, and can really date a room. By changing the rug, you can change the color scheme and quickly make the space more current. If your room feels a little boring, a new area rug can add pattern, color, texture and even a little personality. This also works great for all neutral rooms. Rugs can define an area especially in an open floor plan and they can even be layered on top of other rugs for a more casual feel. Best of all an area rug doesn’t have to be expensive.

Surya is a rug and accent company that offers a variety of rug types. They include everything from fine hand-knotted to tufted and machined made,  even indoor/outdoor options. Whether you are looking for an updated traditional option or a more modern look, you can find the right rug for your style. For a budget friendly choice, consider machine made or machine woven. It’s durable and comes in a variety of pattern options that won’t break the bank. Hand-tufted rugs can also be a good alternative to hand-knotted. For layering, add a fun, colorful rug on top of a sisal or jute rug. Don’t forget to use a rug pad to protect your floors, reduce slipping and prolong the life of rug.

We just received a great new shipment of area rugs and a new rug rack to help you with your selection. And if you are looking to make a few extra changes, Surya also offers accents like pillows, throws, lamps and art too. Visit our showroom today to find the perfect quick fix for your room.

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

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Addressing the challenges on an open floor plan

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

bowen furnitureBy BreeAnn Cook:

Inspired by your favorite HGTV show, you grab the sledge hammer and take a swing. A short time later the wall is gone and now nothing stands between you and the view from your kitchen to your family room. Now what? We all love the idea of an open floor plan, but the reality is that it comes  with a few challenges. Let’s take a look at those issues and how to overcome them.

Without walls, placing your furniture can seem daunting. After all, they created boundaries and determined traffic patterns. Now you need to create these with furniture placement by floating it within the space. Start with your focal point and build around it, keeping in mind the function of the  space. If the focal point is the television, make sure that most of the seating has a good view. Then factor in the traffic patterns. Leave three feet for major traffic areas like exits routes or access to other rooms. Allow two feet for lesser used paths, like the entrance to a seating group. Complete the grouping by filling in the empty spaces with accent furnishings and additional seating. Perhaps a small accent chair near the fireplace that doesn’t face the tv, but does provide extra seating when entertaining. A console table behind the sofa makes a more attractive entrance to an open floor plan than the back of a sofa.

Another issue is determining where the living room ends and the dining room begins. With open floor plans the rooms are not clearly defined. Use  area rugs and traffic patterns to define the different spaces. Placing an area rug under the dining table and under the sofa grouping sends a visual cue that this is a different area. Use architectural features to guide you. Center the rug under a chandelier or in front of the fireplace, then place furnishing appropriately. Make sure that you leave some transition space between the areas. This will require thoughtful selection of adequately sized  furnishings. Over- scaled furniture can crowd the space and encroach on the adjacent area.

Lastly, without walls, where do you hang artwork? This is a common problem, especially if you remodeled and were hoping to reuse existing artwork. Think outside the box. Consider using smaller artwork in bookcases, or even hang it on the bookcase. This requires a little more finesse, but the effect is quite striking. Layer art when you do have wall space. Whether its on the mantle or collage styling on the wall with overlapping frames, layering  adds depth and interest. It allows you tell a story with your favorite collected pieces.

Whether you are remodeling or moving into a new home with an open floor plan these tips can be helpful with your space planning challenges. Also, visit our website and try our room planning tool, where you can experiment with the floor plan before ever swinging that hammer.

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

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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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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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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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The Dangers of Furniture Tip-over

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

TV tip overBy: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission a child dies every two weeks due to the tip-over of furniture, a television or appliance. Prevent this from happening to a child you love by educating yourself on the issue and how to prevent it.

Children are often tempted to climb on furniture in order to access something out of reach, like a toy or a light switch. Unfortunately, when they climb on a top heavy piece of furniture like a chest of drawers, the piece can tip over injuring or killing the child. Securing furniture to the wall using L-brackets or a furniture tip-over strap kit can help prevent this. Many manufacturers have started including tip-over anchoring kits with their furniture. Make sure you inspect all new furniture to see if it contains a kit, and install it following the manufacturer’s directions. If a kit is not included, they can be purchased online or in hardware stores. Remember that if a piece is long or extra top heavy, it may require two straps.

When selecting furniture for a television, make sure you are purchasing a piece that is sturdy and the appropriate size. Consoles that are too small for the TV are more unstable. Then make sure you are securing both the tv and the console to the wall. Lastly, remove items like toys or remotes, which may be a temptation to children and encourage climbing.

To learn more about the dangers of furniture tip-over visit http://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education- Centers/Tipover-Information- Center/

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

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3 Solutions For That Unused Dining Room

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Hooker Furniture Corsica desk and display cabinet

By: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

On average, Americans use their dedicated dinning room two or three times a year, while the rest of the year it remains devoid of activity and collects dust. Let’s be honest, our lifestyles have drastically changed. We have busy schedules and we just do not have time for fancy dinner parties that require a formal dining space. Instead we have casual gatherings outdoors, or a low key cocktail party where friends congregate in the kitchen or float from room to room. The time has come to reclaim that under utilized space that is your formal dining room. Let’s turn it into something that really works for you life. Here are three great ideas …

1. An Office Space. – With more and more people working from home, telecommuting, or choosing a job that is more flexible to their lifestyle, an at home office is key. A dining table makes an excellent desk, with plenty of room to spread out. Remove all the chairs except for three. Keep one as your desk chair, and two as guest chairs. Extra chairs can be used in a guest bedroom, or as a pull up chair in your living room. Switch out your china cabinet for a credenza style filing cabinet and add a decorative memo board above it for organizing notes, or keep your china cabinet and use it for pretty book storage. Add task lighting like a desk lamp or an adjustable floor lamp as needed.

2. A Craft Room. – Who doesn’t need extra space for crafting DIY projects? A dedicated craft room keeps projects from popping up all over the house, on any surface that’s convenient. Again, a dining table is a great surface to work on, as long as it has a sturdy or distressed finish. If you don’t have a work friendly surface, add a protective pad to prevent scratches and damage. Counter height tables are ideal for working while standing up, and reduce the need to hunching over your task. A dining room buffet can provide great storage for craft supplies or add storage cubbies and open shelving above for easy access to all your craft tools. Use baskets to keep everything tidy and presentable.

3. A Game or Hobby Room. – Since casual gatherings are suitable to your lifestyle, give your dining room a laid back vibe. Forgo the formal dining table all together and opt for smaller, more lounge like furnishings. A pub table or two with barstools, or leather lounge chairs with an accent table for drinks feels more relaxed. Add in some type of game table, gaming console, or a wall mounted flat screen for entertainment. Go all out and create a full scale bar using a narrow counter height table as your counter space and a narrow storage console with floating shelves as your bar back area. Get creative and you’re guaranteed to be the go to house for pre-game parties and weekend hangouts.

Whether you still want to use your dining room for dinner parties twice a year, or you want to ditch the formality all together, we have furniture solutions to help you reclaim your space and really start living in that deserted square footage. Visit our Bowen Town and Country Showroom today for more creative ideas.

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

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Super Bowl Seating Solutions

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

bowen furnitureBy: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

With The Super Bowl less than two weeks away, chances are you’re making preparations for that game day party.  Whether you’re seating a crowd or just a few, we’ve got seating solutions to fit your needs.

Solution #1

If you’re seating just the family, the Curve sectional from Southern Motion provides seating for up to four people comfortably.  And, it’s loaded with features like drop down console for beverages and snacks, power recliners on each end, power headrest, and two USB ports for powering your devices.  What’s not to love?

Solution #2

If you’re looking for a smaller solution, consider modular theater seating.  You can start with the Southern Motion Viva recliner, seating for one, or add wedge consoles and additional recliners for as much seating as you need. Best of all, the Viva has a lay-flat option for ultimate relaxation and with the added power headrest, you won’t miss a second of the big game, even when fully reclined!

Solution #3

If you need to seat a crowd, but recliners just aren’t your style, consider the Brentwood sectional from Rowe. It seats six people as shown, but we are pretty sure you can squeeze in a few more. With a deep seat and transitional frame, it’s comfortable, stylish, and works with any décor.

We have all of these solutions in stock now, ready for you to see and try, at Bowen Town & Country. Stop by today and we will get you ready for The Super Bowl and Game Day!

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

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Creating a Custom Look

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

One of the great things about building your own home is that everything, from the siding on the outside to the faucets in the bathroom, is picked out by you. You end up with a home that’s exactly what you want, one that fits your lifestyle and is a reflection of your tastes, even down to the most minute detail. Wouldn’t it be great if that ability to customize didn’t stop with the construction of your home? What if you could create furniture that was unique to your own style? What would you give to be able to find furniture that enhanced the beauty of your home in a seamless way, providing comfort and functionality as well as fulfilling the design goals of your home?

Designing your own furniture is easier than you think. And you don’t have to be a carpenter to do it. Check out the options from these Daniel’s Amish and Gat Creek, two of our featured brands that have customization options.

Daniel’s Amish

The numbers alone are a sign that this furniture maker means business when they say you can create a customized dining room suite.

* 50 finishes
* 5 wood species
* 70 hardware selections

daniel's amishThe combinations are seemingly endless! The best part is there is a new feature on the Daniel’s Amish website that allows you to create your own dining room table and chairs in real time. For example, if you’re wanting a dining room table, you pick out the table’s shape and, the leg style, the wood and the finish, and as you’re creating your table you get to see it in real time. It’s a great way to try some new things and find out what look is right for you.

Gat Creek

With their D.Y.O. Table Program, Gat Creek offers customers the ability to design their own table from a variety of different styles and choices. Three types of tables, more formal dining tables, everyday tables and hand-planed tables, can be customized with different woods, paints and details. Choose from:

* 34 paint options
* 3 types of wood with 4-5 finishes each
* 13 different styles of legs

For companies like Daniel’s Amish and Gat Creek, both of which produce high-quality, handmade furniture right here in the United States, being able to customize furniture for their customers is something they take great pride in. Both of these companies work with talented craftsmen, who create a piece of furniture from start to finish, rather than just working on a factory line where all they see during the day are table legs or dresser drawers. This means that it’s just as easy to make a dining room table to unique specifications as it is to make every table the same.

Check out the options available and play around with your own designs, and then bring your ideas in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture. Our talented staff can help ensure you’ve got the right look for your home and place your order with ease.

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

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Upgrade Your Entertainment Center

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

50441s50Here at Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we’re big fans of family movie night. No matter what age your kids are, it’s always fun to pick out a movie the entire family will enjoy, pop a couple of bags of microwave popcorn and settle down in front of the TV for a fun night at home. It’s even better when you’ve got a great TV to watch the movie on. We’ve compiled a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your next TV to make sure you get one that’s right for you and your family.

Know what type is best for you. There are basically three types of TVs on the market now: plasma, LCD and LED. Plasma TVs are on their way out, being replaced by 4K TVs. But most advice on the Internet right now says it’s a little too early to worry about a 4K TV right now. The difference between that and LED isn’t great, and they’re pretty expensive. Which makes now a great time to purchase a plasma TV, before they’re obsolete. Plasma TVs provide good quality viewing, and they’re good for big spaces, but the one drawback is the picture isn’t the brightest, which makes it better when used in a dark room. LCD and LED TVs (an LCD TV backlit with and LED light) are both more energy efficient than plasma TVs, but be aware of limited viewing areas, as the picture can get fuzzy when you’re not right in front of the TV.

Look at the input availability. Before you go out shopping, make sure you know how many HDMI and Analog inputs you will need. And add a couple extra for good measure.

Bigger really is better. Experts recommend at least 60 inches or larger for a living room TV set. Of course, budget will play a factor, but a big screen is better for getting a good view of what’s going on.

Once you’ve got the TV, now you need the perfect furniture to put it on. And we’re here to help! Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture, where we have a variety of American-made, Vaughan-Bassett entertainment centers to choose from. Find the color and style that fits your home, and next time it’s family movie night, you’ll be ready!

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

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