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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,

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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,

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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,

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We’re seeing spots!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

cr laine winston-salemBy: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

Spots…the hottest pattern in home fashion right now, and we are seeing them everywhere. Less uniform than a polka dot, more graphic than the traditional animal print; this new pattern is fun and fresh. It’s the perfect way to add some whimsy to your spring palette.

So, how do you embrace the trend? Well, the good news is, much a like an animal print, the spotted print plays well with all design styles.  For traditional interiors, pair it with a bright pop of color.  Maybe purchase a yard or two to recover the seat of a wooden frame chair. In a more contemporary space, it looks amazing when used with a metallic finish, like gold. Think accent ottoman with a metal base. For the eclectic enthusiast, mix it with a flashy floral.  If you’re really feeling bold, go for a fully upholstered daybed size bench or chaise.  Feeling a little more timid; limit to something small like pillows, artwork, or even just a lampshade. Whether big or small, this pattern is destined to be noticed.

Visit our showroom today to see all the fun fabric options. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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Furniture That Can Handle Life!

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

bowenFor years houses have had living rooms, but these days we take that name seriously. We do a lot of living on the furniture in that room, taking naps in the recliner, eating dinner on the couch while watching Family Feud, and enjoying countless family movie nights where everyone piles up on the couch, hugging pillows and spilling popcorn everywhere. And there’s nothing like the summer time for some really hard wear on the furniture. Kids come home from the pool in dripping wet bathing suits and sit down to watch a cartoon, not even thinking about the wet spot they will leave. Not to mention the dogs, coming in from a romp after an afternoon thunderstorm and rubbing their wet, muddy hair up against the upholstery.

Thank goodness today’s fabrics are made with innovative technology and durable fibers to stand up to most of the wear and tear we can dish out. The days of protecting furniture with plastic slipcovers that stick to your sweaty legs are gone, and thank goodness. Almost any furniture you might have in your house is protected with some type of stain resistant technology, making it easy to wipe up most spills with a damp cloth.

Stain-resistant upholstery has been around for while now, but there are even newer innovations in textiles that have made some new types of upholstery tougher, more durable and even more stain resistant than the fabrics made just a few years ago.

Crypton, a company out of Michigan with a manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, offers a wide variety of fabrics for the home, all coated with its special formula and processed at high temperatures to activate the formula for maximum oil and water repllancy. The final result is a fabric that is both stain and odor resistant, making it perfect for a home where kids and dogs love to make themselves comfortable on the couch.

Sunbrella is another company making durable upholstery fabric, also made in North Carolina. The company started out making fabrics for boat and marine use, fabric that could stand up to the moisture and wear of life out on the water. It turns out the durable, mold and stain resistant fabric was also in demand for household use and the company quickly expanded. Today Sunbrella fabrics can be used all through the house, from upholstery to drapes to pillows and throws.

At Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we are proud to offer Sunbrella and Crypton fabrics for most of our lines of furniture. Come in today to view the fabulous choices available, and maybe you’ll even choose to purchase a piece of furniture that will stand up to anything your family can dish out. Next time you come in from the pool, you won’t have to tell the kids to get off the couch!

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Four Seasons: Bringing Slipcovers into the 21st Century

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Sewing20Machine20LegacyWhen you think of slipcovers, often the first thing that comes to mind are plastic covers used by our grandmother’s generation. Sometimes you might even find someone who invested in a custom-made slipcover, but the intent was the same: to protect the expensive upholstered furniture from sweat and other stains. As furniture became more affordable, the use of slipcovers began to subside, but today we are seeing a resurgence, and for a completely different reason.

“These days, our whole culture has a more casual feel, from what we wear to work to the shabby chic style of our homes,” said Chris Cogan, director of operations for Four Seasons Casual Custom Furniture. “Slipcovers lend themselves to that casual feel.”

Chris is proud to be part of a family-owned company that manufactures furniture right here in our home state of North Carolina. It all started when his father-in-law struggled with putting a slipcover on a couch of a house where he was a guest. “He thought there had to be a better way, so he teamed up with a friend and created one,” Chris said.

That led to the creation of Four Season in 1999, and the company is still going strong today, with about 150 employees at its Seagrove, N.C. headquarters. “We’re proud to be a small, family business that can provide jobs to the local community,” Chris said. What makes furniture from Four Seasons unique is its four-piece, removable cover. Instead of struggling with one big piece of material, these slipcovers are made up of the arms, the cover, the outside back and the skirt. It makes it a lot easier to remove for cleaning or even just to change the look of a room.

While the slipcover is what’s seen, the quality starts from within with a hardwood frame, with all joints interlocked, glued and reinforced. The quality of the furniture from Four Seasons led loyal customers to ask for traditional upholstered furniture as well, so today the line has expanded to include sofas and chairs in both slipcovered and upholstered options.

If you’ve been considering a new sofa, come into Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to take a look at some of the samples from Four Seasons. You’ll never even guess you’re looking at a slipcover! The high-quality slipcovers provide a tailored look while maintaining a casual charm.

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Finding Just the Right Fabric

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

img-fabric-landingThe days of walking the showroom floor of your favorite furniture seller in search of just the right sofa to fit with your home’s interior décor are long gone. In fact, one of the most frustrating things about buying a new sofa or chair was that you would find the style you want, in a comfortable design the whole family could enjoy, but you wouldn’t be able to take it home because the fabric didn’t fit in with what you already had at home, whether it was other pieces of furniture, or just colors that clash.

Luckily, most of this stress has gone away now, thanks to the custom approach taken by many retailers. All you have to do is find the style that fits your needs, and is comfortable to boot, and then let the sales associate help you with figuring out what fabric will fit your needs the best.

This is the best way to ensure you will get just the right color or pattern to go with your existing décor.

We are proud to carry some great brands that offer an amazing number of upholstery choices, and our talented sales team is always willing to sit down with you to help figure out just the right color for your room.

Hancock & Moore. Yes, this company is well-known for its amazingly elegant and comfortable leather chairs and sofas. But the furniture is so well made that many customers asked for options with cloth covering as well. Never one to disappoint its loyal customers, Hancock & Moore now have a library of over 500 fabrics, each one hand selected to ensure it maintains the same level of quality as seen in other Hancock & Moor product. The samples are available in our showroom.

Century. Well-known for its customized approach to furniture, it’s not a surprise that Century has so many fabric available to choose for its upholstery furniture. And they make it easy to narrow down your choices with an online fabric search.

Four Seasons. Nothing gives you versatility in fabric like a slipcovered sofa or chair! Four Seasons focuses purely on slipcovered furniture, including headboards. A wide range of fabrics including cotton, linen, velvet and chenille, all in a variety of colors and prints, allow you to not only ensure your new sofa will match your décor, but let you change your room’s look with the seasons with the purchase of a new slipcover!

If you’re in the market for a new chair or sofa, come into Bowen Town & Country Furniture today and let our talented sales associates help you find just what you’re looking for. Remember, you’re not limited to the showroom floor! And the best part is, we have so much experience in working with fabrics that we can help you find the right type to fit your lifestyle, in the color or print to match your décor. The possibilities are endless!

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