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Staff Pick Series: Steve Rice’s Pick

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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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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What to consider when buying a guest room mattress?

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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By: BreeAnn Cook

Let’s be honest…shopping for a mattress doesn’t rank highly on most people’s list of fun things to do. In fact, it is probably one of your the least favorite things. Considering that most of us are not planning to sleep on it, we probably do not put much time or effort into selecting a guest room mattress. However, if you’ve ever spent the night at a family member or friend’s house, and experienced a bad mattress, you may think twice before making that purchase. Here are a few things to consider when buying a mattress for a guest space.

1. Who will be using the mattress? If you host mostly couples, consider mattresses with encased coil technology. Encased coils reduce motion transfer, helping to eliminate partner interruption, which is one of the main causes of sleep loss. Memory foam mattresses also absorb motion transfer. Will you be hosting mostly younger guests, like grandchildren? Don’t assume that just because they are young the mattress isn’t important. Growing children require more sleep than adults, and a quality mattress will help them get a better night’s sleep.

2. How frequently will the mattress be used? If a guest room gets used once or twice a year, it can be tempting to go with the cheapest option possible. Unfortunately, this can be a bad move for both you and your occasional guests. What if your aging parent goes from a twice a year guest to a long-term guest, or you find yourself sleeping in the guest room while your spouse is sick? Suddenly, you regret buying that $299 mattress. Make sure to select a mattress that you would enjoy sleeping on for more than a night. That doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive, but it should offer adequate support and be comfortable.

3. Memory foam versus Innerspring? Sealy really explains it best when describing their new Response and Conform line. The Response line is an innerspring style mattress offering support that “holds” you, while the Conform line is a memory foam style mattress offering support that “hugs” you. If you can’t decide, go with a Hybrid model that offers the best of both worlds.

Whether it’s for a few nights or a few months, you want your guests to be comfortable. You don’t have to spend a lot of time, or a small fortunate to get a good quality mattress, but you do have to be willing to educate yourself on the options and try a few models. Visit our showroom today to try our Sealy lineup, and find a mattress that will make you and your guest happy.

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

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Leather

Monday, September 11th, 2017

By: BreeAnn Cook

Leather can be a beautiful and durable option for your home, but it’s important to know which the best choice for your lifestyle is. Here are few leather definitions that will help you make the right selection:

Aniline refers to leather that has been dyed all the way through with a transparent dye. Only the highest quality leathers are used for this process
because natural markings will show through the transparent dye. The natural softness of the leather is preserved but it is more susceptible to staining or soiling, so it is a good choice for furniture that will have light to moderate use.

Semi Aniline is an aniline dyed leather that has an added top coat of pigment creating more uniform color and protection . This type of leather is a good option for upholstery that will be used regularly.

Pigmented (protected) leather is first buffed to a uniform surface and then coated with pigment to create uniform color. This provides durability and
hides natural blemishes, making it more resistant to staining and fading, and thus lower maintenance. Consider protected leather for heavily used
upholstery.

Grain is a term used to describe the wrinkles, markings, texture, and other natural characteristics of a hide.

Top Grain is the outermost layer of a hide and is the most durable.

Full Grain is that leather that has not been altered other than the removal of hair. It is the most genuine type of leather, and retains its original texture
and markings.

Corrected Grain leather has been buffed to remove blemishes then covered with a new, artificial grain created using pigments and other finishes.

Split leather is made of the lower layer of hide that has been “split” away from the upper grain. It is more fragile than full grain leather and is often
used for suede.

Suede is split leather that has been buffed and brushed to create a fuzzy surface feel.

Nubuck is leather that has been buffed and brushed to create a soft, velvety effect. It is created from the out grain of the hide, unlike suede which is
created from the inner side of the hide, making it stronger and more durable.

The most important factor when shopping for leather furniture is the intended use. Be sure to consider how you will live in the furniture, and
select a leather type appropriate to that use. Unprotected leather can feel luxurious and exude natural beauty, but its not the best choice for an active
family or pets. To learn more about leather options or to see our selection, 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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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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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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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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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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How To Make Sure Your Furniture Will Fit

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

bowen room plannerBy: BreeAnn Cook

Perhaps one of the top concerns consumers have about buying new furniture is getting the wrong size. Whether it’s too big or too small, nobody wants to make a major purchase only to discover at delivery that it just will not fit. We have a new tool to help you put your fears at ease. The Room Planner tool on Bowenfurniture.com allows you to draw a room to scale and place furniture selections without any heavy lifting.

Here’s how it works:

1. Measure your room, noting the dimensions of any architectural features like windows and doors.

2. Go to our website and click on the Room Planner tool, located on the top left tool bar or at the bottom of the home page. Click “Start Planning”.

3. Select the room shape that best matches your room. Don’t worry if there’s not an exact match. You can tweak wall length and angles later. Enter the over all width and length of your space, and the planner will automatically generate the room.

4. Next, add your architectural features. You can select from the tool bar on the right. Under the generic tab, select “architectural” from the drop down menu. You have a variety of features to choose from like windows, doors, fireplaces, etc… Drag and drop your selected feature onto the wall where you would like it placed. Tweak the placement along the wall by dragging the item left, right, up or down. Use the background grid as a guide for proper spacing, and confirm placement using the measure tool (ruler icon at top). Change the size of an element by clicking the “i” icon, and entering the dimensions in inches.

5. Once you have your architectural features in place, you can begin placing furniture. You can search for product using the search tool on the left. Search by manufacturer, collection, or by item. To search for a sofa, click the “products” tab, select “type” from the drop down menu, and then select “sofa” from the drop down menu. Scroll to find a sofa style you like, then drag and drop it into your room. You can also search for items by manufacturer, but it is helpful to know the specific item or collection name. If you have not made specific selections yet, you can use basic templates from the “generic” tab.

6. Once you have selected your furnishings, you can move them around the floor plan by clicking and dragging them. Use the “rotate” tool to rotate the angle of an item. If you just click the rotate tool, it will rotate the item 90 degrees. If you click and hold, you can rotate the item to any angle while moving the mouse.

7. Remember to build your furniture placement around the focal point, placing your largest items first. Leave at least three feet of space for major walkways, and don’t forget to allow space to move around within the furniture grouping. Eighteen inches is needed between a sofa and cocktail table, and allow three feet from the edge of dining table and the wall for sliding out chairs.

8. Once your plan is complete, you can save it by creating a log in. Not only will this keep all of your plans in one place, but it will also allow you to save multiple versions of a single plan. When you print your plan, it will also include a list of the products used within the plan, making shopping a breeze. Before making a purchase, make sure to measure door and stairwell openings, and note any sharp or difficult turns leading into the room where the furniture will go. Remember, just because it will fit in the room, doesn’t mean it can get there.

Give our new Room Planner a try today and take the guess work out of furniture shopping. Questions? Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360, info@bowenfurniture.com.

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