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How To Shop For Mattresses

Published On: February 15, 2017

Do you need help understanding all the crazy terms surrounding mattress shopping these days? At Crowley Furniture you have a friend in the Mattress business. We’ve redesigned the Mattress section of our website to better assist you in your pre-shopping Mattress experience. Why do we say “pre-shopping”? Because the ONLY way to be sure you’re going to get your best night’s sleep is to visit one of our Perfect Sleep Centers in any of our three stores and lie on them for yourself. Our Sales Associates have been trained by Greg Crowley himself, who has been selling mattresses for over 50 years, as well as representatives from each of our manufacturers. They care about the quality of your sleep knowing that it impacts the quality of your life.

THE FIRST STEP

When visiting our website Mattresses page you’ll have many choices to view when selecting a Mattress. This is your first step. It is our goal to help you better understand some of the terms and options available in the Mattress industry today so you can make a better, more educated decision. Choose any of our filters in any order:

  • FILTER BY BRAND  At Crowley Furniture we carry the top rated Mattresses from trusted leading bedding manufacturers. Get to know them a little better through their roots:

o   Sealy: A look back on the history of Sealy details a reputation built on over 130 years how to shop for mattresses Sealy Mattressesof experience, iconic branding and innovative technology. In 1881 Daniel Haynes, cotton gin owner, invented a Mattress stuffed with cotton in Sealy, TX. And Sealy was born. In 1950 the first Posturepedic Mattress was introduced with “additional back support”. In 2012 a new line of gel memory foam Mattresses was introduced called the Optimum series. In 2013 Sealy introduced its first Hybrid Mattresses consisting of half memory foam/half innersprings. Now Sealy truly had something for everyone.

o   Tempur-Pedic: Based on a product developed in the 1960’s by NASA, Tempur Innovation began when scientists invented Tempur Material and reinvented the Mattress. Tempur Material reacts continuously to your body’s specific shape, weight and temperature delivering the cushioning you want and the support you need to fully relax. Tempur scientists continue to innovate to reach their goal of a bed for every body.

o   Serta: Serta has been a pioneer in comfort since they introduced their very first how to shop for mattresses sleep-sheep-5Perfect Sleeper Mattress to the world in 1931. Since then, they’ve brought many “firsts” to the industry, including their breakthrough iComfort Sleep System featuring the latest in gel memory foam technology. In 2000 the beloved Serta Counting Sheep were introduced as brand icons. In 2012 Serta achieved the ranking of #1 Mattress manufacturer in the United States.

o   Stearns & Foster: More than 165 years ago George Stearns and Seth Foster dreamed of something bigger and better. Since 1846 Stearns & Foster has been hand-crafting Mattresses with the very best materials available. But how to shop for mattresses stearnsfoster_craftsmengroupmaterial quality is only half the story. Stearns & Foster puts just as much emphasis on crafting quality. And crafting quality takes time. Twice the time, in fact. Each Stearns & Foster Mattress is meticulously crafted taking twice as long to construct. Experience the Stearns & Foster difference and discover their Legacy of Innovation.

o   Justice: Founded in 1957 in Lebanon, Missouri by Bill and Lois Wampler, Justice Furniture and Bedding proudly serves quality products throughout the Midwest. Still housed in the same location as the original manufacturing plant, the company is run today by Bill and Lois’ son Dan and their granddaughter Angie. Justice focuses on natural latex, also called Talalay latex, Mattresses and no one does it better than them.

  • FILTER BY TYPE  We’re often asked “What’s the best Mattress?” The answer to that is simple: The best Mattress is the one that’s right for you. It’s not always the most expensive or the most technologically advanced but the one that fits you jushow to shop for mattresses Tempur-Flex-Line-exportt right. Here’s what’s going on under those Mattress covers that makes each Mattress unique:

o   Innerspring: A traditional Mattress made of individually pocketed coil springs encased
in layers of foam padding for maximum support, minimum motion transfer and the ability to conform to your body shape.

how to shop for mattresses Tempur-Flex-Line-exporto   Hybrid: A Mattress made of individually pocketed coil springs on the bottom half and high-quality latex or memory foam on the top half  to provide comfort and  deep-down support.how to shop for mattresses ico_savantiii_ps_cutaway

o   Memory Foam: A Mattress made of layers of specialty foam that conforms to your body temperature, shape and size and eliminates pressure-points.

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o  Tempur- Pedic: Both a brand and a type, Tempur-Pedic is the ultimate foam Mattress made of a uniquely premiere specialty foam material that responds to your body temperature, shape and size.

o   Natural Latex: A Mattress made of latexhow to shop for mattresses natural-latex-cut-away-2
foam that supports your body shape and size and eliminates pressure points while remaining quickly responsive to your movements.

  • FILTER BY COMFORT  This topic is difficult to categorize since comfort is a very relative matter. No two person’s comfort level is the same. How an individual determines if a Mattress is soft or firm depends on many factors and personal preferences. What one person may find super firm another may find not firm enough. With that understanding, we’ve grouped our Mattresses into four levels of firmness that are meant to be a guideline rather than a rule.

    o   Firm: Provides inner core support with a compressed padded top for added firmness.

    o   Medium-Firm: Provides inner core support with a slightly padded top for a moderately soft feel.

    o   Plush: Provides inner core support with multiple padded top layers for cushiony comfort.

    o   Ultra-Plush: Provides inner core support with multiple padded top layers, often a pillow-top, for super softness.

  • FILTER BY SIZE  Our website features a Mattress size chart that shows the differences between standard Mattresses. Here’s a breakdown of how Mattress sizing works:

o   Twin: A Twin size bed is 39” wide and 75” long. It is perfect for a kid or teen room, a senior downsizing to a smaller space or anyone living in cozy quarters.

o   Twin XL: A Twin XL (short for Extra Long) is 39” wide and 80” long. This size mattress is common for college students living in dorms or campus apartments. The extra length requires sheets specifically made for Twin XL beds.

o   Full: A Full size bed is 54” wide and 75” long. This size is also referred to as a double bed. It is often used as a next-step bed in kid and teen rooms. Antique beds often require this size along with smaller rooms accommodating two sleepers. Actual sleep surface for each individual is the same amount as in a baby crib so, if space allows, most adults prefer to go up in size.

o   Queen: A Queen size bed is 60” wide and 80” long. This is the most common size bed sold today. Being 6” wider and 5” longer than a Full size, it is comfortable for two adults without overtaking a mid-size room.

o   King: A King size bed is 78” wide and 80” long, the same length as a Queen. The King size bed is increasing in popularity but requires a larger sized room to allow space to move around beside it and at the foot as well as space needed for dressers, nightstands and other bedroom furnishings.

o   California King: A California King size bed is 72” wide and 85” long. While not a commonly purchased size, it is popular with folks that are taller as it is the longest mattress available.

  • FILTER BY PRICE  Budget is always a consideration when making any purchase and our Sales Associates factor this in when helping you select your Mattress. Think carefully about your bedding budget, we often compromise in this area for a number of reasons such as the belief that all Mattresses are the same, no one ever sees it and we’d rather put more money into other home furnishings. While a Mattress purchase doesn’t offer an opportunity to select fun fabrics or improve the look of your home it genuinely affects your quality of life. Without truly restful sleep you can’t be the best you when you’re awake. Isn’t that worth a bigger budget? To help you with your budget considerations, we’ve categorized our Mattresses into the following groups:

o   $500 or less

o   $500 to $1000

o   $1000 to $2000

o   $2000 to $3000

o   $3000 to $4000

o   $4000 or more

SELECT A FOUNDATION

Selecting the actual Mattress is the first step of your Mattress buying experience. The second is to determine which type of foundation best suits you and your lifestyle. There are two main options for a foundation but each has several variables to consider. Watch this video of Greg Crowley as he explains Mattress foundations: 

As Greg described there are many types of foundations available to you, each has it’s features and benefits:

  • Box Springs: A basic wood frame with cross supports that gives a Mattress a solid base for strength and stability.

o   Traditional: This 9” height Box Springs is the most frequently used as a Mattress foundation, it is also the lowest priced of all foundations.

o   Lo-Profile: This 5” height Box Springs is available for those who want their bed to sit lower off the floor. It is offered at the same price as a Traditional Box Springs.

  • Adjustable Bases: Becoming increasingly more popular, these bases are used by all ages. Losing the stigma of a “hohow to shop for mattresses ico_lifestyle_4spital bed”, Adjustable Bases have now become known as “Lifestyle Bases” providing higher levels of customized comfort for all you need to do from bed such as watching TV, reading, reducing snoring, working on a laptop or tablet, reducing acid reflux and more. Just about any Mattress can accommodate an Adjustable Base and with a variety of features, any budget can afford an Adjustable Base.

o   Head-Up only: A remote control, usually wired, raises your head into a more comfortable position.

o   Head and Feet Up: A remote control raises your head and feet independently for a more natural rest position.

o   Massaging: A remote control raises your head and feet and also offers zoned massaging at various intensities.

o   Electronics Compatible: In addition to raising your head and feet and massage capabilities, control your Adjustable Base from your mobile device and plug in or charge electronics from ports directly on the Adjustable Base.

COMPLETE YOUR MATTRESS PURCHASE

Bedding Accessories such as Pillows and Mattress Protectors can also play a big role in your Who is BedGear - Sleep Fuels Everything. - BGsleep experience. Our pillows from BedGear, the folks who believe Sleep Fuels Everything, are scientifically crafted to accommodate every type of sleeper. Their Pillows are customized by sleeping style such as back, stomach or side sleepers as well as by body type. Our Sales Associates can help fit you for your perfect Pillow. Click here to see how Laura Crowley finds her perfect Pillow.

Mattress Protectors are also key, not to improve comfort but to protect your investment from stains or spills that may affect your warranty. Their liquid-resistant properties will keep your Mattress clean while not interfering with its responsiveness. And what could be more simple than removing the Mattress Protector, tossing it in the washer and dryer and replacing it on your bed? Easy breezy.

IS YOUR NEW MATTRESS SET COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR BEDROOM FURNITURE?

Cambridge - Queen/King Panel Storage Bed - ICB-412,402,403When our Delivery Team arrives at your door with your new Mattress Set, we want to be sure there are no unwanted surprises. Your Sales Associate will ask you about the bed that you will be using with the Mattress Set you’re considering. Does it have a Headboard? Does it have a Footboard? Is it a Storage Bed? These questions are vital to be sure all of the components of your bed and Mattress Set will work together.

MATTRESS SHOPPING TIPS FROM GREG

To make your Mattress shopping experience the best it can be, consider these tips from Greg Crowley:

  • Wear comfortable clothing – It is impossible to successfully shop for Mattresses without lying down. All of our beds have foot covers so you can comfortably put your feet up on the bed without worry. You will also need to be able to turn and roll over while testing the Mattresses.
  • Allow Ample Time – With all of the options for Mattresses these days you should not rush through your research process. Plan to try out many different styles of Mattresses spending several minutes on each one to truly get the feel for how it contours and conforms to your body. You will also want to be sure to test each of the Mattresses from different positions: lying on your back, side and stomach, spending extra time in your favorite sleep position.
  • Ask Questions – Technology is changing rapidly in the world of Mattresses. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your Sales Associate, that’s what they’re here for.
  • Come Prepared – Be sure to know the size of your bed (measure if you are unsure) and what you will be placing the Mattress on. Your Sales Associate will need this information to correctly advise you through the process.

AND WHAT ABOUT…???

Are there still some things that you find a bit unclear? Here are the answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Mattress Questions:

  • Do I need a Mattress Pad or Protector? You absolutely need a Mattress Protector but be leery of a mattress pad. A mattress pad implies just that, the covering is made of padding and you want to stay away from extra layers between you and the Mattress technology that is conforming to your specific body temperature and weight.
  • Can I buy a Mattress only? All of our Mattresses can be purchased separately from a box springs or other foundation to be used with beds that require a Mattress only such as a storage or platform bed.
  • Can I use my existing box springs? We always recommend purchasing a Mattress and box springs or foundation as a set. The foundation plays a very important role in supporting your Mattress and those that sleep on it. Even though a box springs may not show wear and tear it actually is weakening on the inside and after time will not be able to successfully support the weight we put on top of it.
  • Do you haul away old Mattress Sets? Yes. When your new Mattress is delivered our drivers will be happy to haul away your old Mattress and box springs.
  • Is there a fee to haul away old Mattress Sets? There is a small fee that we charge for this service which covers our cost to dispose of the items.
  • Will your Delivery Team set-up my new Mattress? Absolutely. Our Delivery Team will bring your new Mattress Set into your bedroom and put it in place. If you’ve purchased an Adjustable Foundation they will plug it in and be sure all functions are working properly.
  • What do I need to do to prepare for my Mattress delivery? We ask that you clear the walk to your door of snow and ice as well as the path to the bedroom of any obstacles. Remove all covers, sheets and pillows from the existing Mattress so our Delivery Team can put your new Mattress Set in place.
  • What if I don’t like my Mattress after it’s delivered? Some Mattresses are non-returnable which is why we work so hard to be sure you select the best Mattress for your needs. There are, however, Mattresses that come with a 90-Day Comfort Guarantee. Click here to learn more about it.
  •  What does “Dual King” mean? Most King  beds consist of one mattress and two Twin XL how to shop for mattresses tempur-flex_supremefoundations that make up the king box springs or base. A dual king is actually two separate Twin XL mattress each on its own Twin XL Adjustable Foundation. This creates a standard King size bed but will allow each individual to separately control their Adjustable Foundation settings.
  • Should I flip my mattress? Mattresses are not made to be flipped anymore however they should be rotated approximately every six months.

All of our Crowley Furniture stores in the Kansas City area have a wide variety ohow to shop for mattresses happy-sleepersf Mattresses for you to test. Why wait to have your best sleep ever, visit us today. In Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park, we make Sweet Dreams our business.

 

Top 12 Romantic Valentine’s Gifts for Her, Him & Home

Published On: February 9, 2017

If you’re searching for Valentine Ideas for Her or Valentine Ideas for Him we can help! Go for something new this year, something they can enjoy for much longer than a week. This is our list of the 12 Most Romantic items in our stores:win_20170208_09_02_16_pro_li-3

  1. 1. Most Romantic Lamp: This Lamp is a stunner. Its beauty shines in the burnished brass-finished details and the facets of the base glow like a diamond. Topped by a soft-white linen shade, it would look amazing on a dining room buffet or server, on your bedroom nightstands, on a living room sofa table or on a console table in a foyer.
  2. 2. Most Romantic Scroll-y Painted Accent Chest: This French-inspired Accent Chestwin_20170208_09_31_41_pro_li-2 features beautiful old-world design details such as carved rope trim lining the rim of the top and a sculptured bottom edge that ends with the gentle-turnings of a cabriole leg. The hand-painted patterns add the just-right amount of interest and the perfectly distressed turquoise finish offers that punch of color every room needs. And drawers for storage, that’s the cherry on the sundae.win_20170208_09_04_56_pro_li-2
  3. 3. Most Romantic Repurposed Piece: The vintage vibe of this wood Bar comes from its mysterious origins. The reclaimed wood creates an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming and the dark accents add contrast and character. With shelves on the opposite side it will not only look great in your home it can also serve as a functioning Bar. Clink.
  4. 4. Most Romantic French Countryside Accent Chair: This adorable Accent Chair looks like it was plucked right out of a French country home. The modern translation of a classic fabriwin_20170208_09_41_04_pro_li-2c gives the piece charm without being stuffy and the finish on the wood is rustically current.
  5. 5. Most Romantic Biker Art: This large wall canvas is like a box of chocolates, you never know which flavor you’ll see: rich dark chocolate, fluffy marshmallow, raspberry filling, golden caramel, almond toffee. Anyone who sets their eyes on it will find a favorite color. Its universawin_20170208_09_03_12_pro_li-2l style will appeal to anyone with a fondness for motorcycles and the assortment of colors and textures makes this versatile piece a perfect masterpiece.
  6. 5. Most Romantic Pillow: The embroidered lace look of this Decorative Pillow is beautiful and win_20170208_09_06_19_pro_li-2timeless. Paying homage to days-gone-by when lace was hand-stitched by candlelight, this Pillow is ideal for any space that needs a bit of a softening touch. Use it as a single adornment on a twin bed or pair it with other patterns and textures on larger beds and upholstered pieces. Its unique shape will add additional contrast to the ensemble. All this for the price of a dozen roses.
  7. 7. Most Romantic Lady-in-Waiting: This framed wall art is titled Port of win_20170208_09_43_20_pro_li-2Call and depicts a sophisticated woman awaiting the arrival of her elegant suitor. The monochromatic color scheme allows you to place this just about anywhere in your home. The Artist used watercolor as the medium and, working with just one single color, had to rely on shading to create features and dimension. The result, at least 49 shades of gray.
  8. 8. Most Romantic Upholstered Bench: The features of this upholstered bench are a true match made in heaven. The padded fabric seat is soft and comfortable while the slatted win_20170208_09_06_00_pro_li-2lower shelf provides extra storage space. The neutral palette will let you place it anywhere in your home that needs an accent piece. It’s not just pretty to look at though, the bench seat is always welcome and the lower shelf can be used for shoes in an entry, blankets in a bedroom or magazines and books in a living area.win_20170208_09_45_34_pro_li-2
  9. 9. Most Romantic Bad-Boy Recliner: The leather-look of this Hi-Leg Recliner resembles the leather jacket days of reckless rebels. The structured profile of the recliner is complemented with horizontal stitching on the sides and a padded back. Take it for a ride, its cause is your comfort.
  10. 10. Most Romantic Style-Blending Console: The elements of this Console create a symphony of design details that meld together harmoniously. No-fuss metwin_20170208_09_47_01_pro_li-2al ring-pull hardware recalls life in a simpler time, a slightly  distressed two-tone finish reflects relaxed days at the beach, architectural door detailing and scooped legs give a nod to Asian styling. This unexpected combination delivers a seamless composition.
  11. 11. Most Romantic Headboard: This metal headboard is the perfect companion to your mattress set. The swirling scrolls and simple lines are covered in an antique burnished finish just like a win_20170208_09_39_46_pro_li-2strawberry is covered in chocolate. Add a grand dramatic gesture to your bedroom without taking up a lot of space and at a very low cost.
  12. 12. Most Romantic Cuddler: This cuddler Chair and ½ is perfect for snuggling while watching great love stories like The Princess Bride, Enchanted or Lady and the Tramp. The supple, luxurious cover elevates its comfort level and is soft to the touch. Its tufted back and arms also make it beautiful to look at.win_20170208_09_50_15_pro_li-2

Here’s to the best Valentine’s Day you’ve ever had!

Top 3 Living Room Furniture Sets of 2016

Published On: December 28, 2016

It’s that time again to look back at our furniture year in review to see which groups were in greatest demand among the vast items offered at our Crowley Furniture stores throughout the Kansas City area. Let’s see if we can uncover the secrets that made the Top 3 Living Room Furniture Sets of 2016 more popular than others.

Meet the collections and their makers that top our list of Hot Furniture Items for 2016:

southern-motion-inspire-setINSPIRE RECLINING COLLECTION by SOUTHERN MOTION

This is on of our favorite living room furniture sets. This reclining collection is accented with subtle back and foot-rest tufting and “window-pane” stitching. These linear details are softened by the attached head and arm pillows. Customers love the ability to create an ensemble for their room using multiple pieces of the collection or mix ‘n match with other collections for a customized result. This collection includes a:

  • Reclining Sofa –  A three cushion piece with manual recliners at each end of the sofa. The middle is a stationary seat.
  • Power Reclining Sofa –  A three cushion piece with power recliners at each end of the sofa. The middle is a stationary seat.
  • Reclining Loveseat living-room-furniture-sets-southern-motion-inspire-loveseat – A two cushion piece with manual recliners at each seat.
  • Power Reclining Loveseat – A two cushion piece with power recliners at each seat.
  • Reclining Loveseat with Console –  A two cushion piece with manual recliners at each seat and a padded armrest in between containing two cupholders and a hinged top for storage.
  • Power Reclining Loveseat with Console –  A two cushion piece with power recliners at each seat and a padded armrest in between containing two cupholders and a hinged top for storage.
  • Wallsaver Recliner –  A free-standing manual recliner.
  • Power Wallsaver Recliner –  A free-standing power recliner.
  • Rocking Recliner –  A free-standing manual recliner that also rocks.
  • Power Rocking Recliner –  A free-standing power recliner that also rocks.
  • Corner Wedge (non-reclining) –  A curved corner piece that joins two sofas or loveseats to form an L-shaped sectional.

If your room is the perfect layout for a sectional, this collection can accommodate! Place the non-reclining corner wedge between any combination of the sofas, loveseats or loveseats with consoles and voila! you now have a sectional.

In terms of living room  furniture sets, this one has many appealing features to its appearance. Its comfort, however,  is possibly its best asset. With super comfy seat, back and arm cushioning it’s a dream to sit and lie on, but the fact that it reclines pushes its comfort level way over the top. Available in both power and manual reclining options you get to pick which is best for you. While manual recliners don’t need to be plugged in to an outlet and therefore work the same way throughout a power outage, we think power is definitely the way to go. Power recliners have a slightly higher price tag than manual recliners but the benefits justify the cost. If you’re wanting living room furniture sets that make your home feel like a home theater, go with one that has power recliners.  Power recliners allow you a wide range of positions in which to find your comfort sweet spot, you aren’t limited to three as you find in most manual recliners. Power recliners are easier to operate than a manual recliner, all positions are achieved with the touch of a button. And power reclining mechanisms are easier on the frame of the piece since they are more gentle on the infrastructure than a manual operator would be. Easier to use, more comfortable and longer lasting, sounds like power is king! And this group is even available with the new power headrest feature which allows you to raise and lower the headrest only, independent from the rest of the chair.

Since the cover of your upholstery is key to loving a piece, this collection offers a vast selection of current fabric, leather-look and leather covers for you to choose from.As far as living room furniture sets go, this one should impress the whole family.

The Inspire collection is manufactured by Southern Motion, a company founded in Pontotoc, MS in 1996. As far as living room furniture sets go, this one truly embodies Southern living. Their motion furniture is American-made by southern crafts-people. They aim to share the perfect harmony of life found on the back roads of southern culture, the kind of comfort you can sink into, a place one longs to stay, a serenity and oasis at the end of every long, hard day.

flexsteel-friscoFRISCO UPHOLSTERY COLLECTION by FLEXSTEEL

This stationary upholstery collection has everything going for it: great design, quality construction and tons of customization options. It ranks as one of our favorite living room furniture sets for this reason. The eye-catching group features padded roll arms, generous stacked bun feet, subtle nailhead trim and a rolled back that is attractive from any angle. This transitionally-styled upholstery collection includes a:

  • Sofa –  Options for personalization are virtually endless with this group. Pick a favorite fabric, leather or leather-look cover then select a coordinating finish for the legs. The choices don’t stop there though, decide on the perfect metal finish for the nailhead trim and with four pillows included with the sofa frame you can mix up your accent fabrics as well. This sofa has a lot of personality and once you get done with it, it’ll match your personality. What’s not to love?!
  • Loveseat –  We all know loveseats are smaller versions of sofas. Everything is the same minus the middle seat. With the Frisco collection the loveseat comes with three accent pillows. If you have a cozy space in your home that is short on square footage, this loveseat could be used alone or combined with a small accent chair or ottoman.
  • Chair and Ottoman –  You have many choices when it comes to chairs for your living spaces. You can elect to furnish your space with all pieces from one collection or you can mix it up with pieces that don’t match but do coordinate. The Frisco living room set includes a chair and its matching ottoman which you can use as a pair or not. If space is limited or you are using a cocktail ottoman as your cocktail table, you may want to skip the ottoman and use the chair alone. If your room is able to support the matching ottoman it will increase the comfort of the chair and also serve as extra seating when you have guests over.
  • How does a matching living room set affect the overall design of a room? In most cases the room will have a very tailored, cohesive and structured vibe, often feeling more formal than a room with non-matching pieces. If you prefer your space to feel a bit more relaxed consider coordinating pieces from various collections. Some guidelines to keep in mind when selecting groups to partner in your space:
  • Too much “sameness”: Be sure the design details are different enough that it is clear you intended to put these unrelated pieces together. If they are too similar it will appear that you tried to match and failed.
  • Proportion: Keep scale in mind so no one piece overwhelms (or underwhelms) the others in the room.
  • How you use the room: Always make this a priority when selecting furniture, furnishings must match the function of the room.
  • Hi-Leg Recliner –  This Hi-Leg Recliner has the same features as the rest of the Frisco collection but on a slightly smaller scale. “Hi-Leg” refers to the taller legs on the item which give it a light, airy effect. This recliner is designed with appearance as a top priority, guests will never know it’s a recliner unless you want them to. How does it work?
  • Power: The power reclining mechanism on the recliner may be its best feature. The control is located between the seat cushion and the inside armflexsteel-frisco-recliner so nothing is visible on the outside of the chair. A simple push of a discreet button allows you to change angles effortlessly from an upright to a fully reclined position.
  • Manual: While not as effortless to use as the power recliner, the manual recliner has a slightly lower price tag. A gentle push on the arms and back of the recliner put you in a relaxed position.
  • Sectional Configurations –  The configuration possibilities are extensive within the Frisco collection. There are many pieces available to form just about any size or shape to perfectly fit your space. Big, small, L-shaped, U-shaped, chaise end…what can you dream up?!!

 

The Frisco living room set is manufactured by Flexsteel, a well-known furniture company founded in 1893 in Minneapolis as the Rolph & Ball Furniture Co. In the early 1900’s their signature blue steel base spring was developed and, in the midst of the Great Depression, that spring became the inspiration behind their new company name that remains today a symbol of quality, beauty and function.

england-princetonPRINCETON SECTIONAL GROUP by England

The style of this beefy collection is defined by its minimalistic simplicity. The dramatically tailored profile has a cool, casual, contemporary look. If you’re looking for one of those living room furniture sets that embody luxury, look no further. This group includes a:

  • Sectional –  The components of this sectional follow its “no fuss” design style. Despite only a handful of pieces available, this sectional group can fulfill any room’s requirements regardless of its shape or size. Add hundreds of designer-approved fabric cover and accent pillow options to this versatility and it’s understandable why this modern frame is such a winner.
  • Chair –  The super-structured styling of this chair makes a grand gesengland-princeton-chairture in any space. The height of the box seat cushion and wrap-around arms are highlights of this chair that is sure to be a substantial addition to your design scheme. Fabric cover options let you put your personal stamp on its
    finished appearance.
  • Cocktail Ottoman –  This chunky, square cocktail ottoman features sleek lines and oodles of versatility. It can be used alone as a filler accent piece, or it can be used with its companion chair, or it can be paired with a second ottoman and used as a cocktail table. Choose your favorite fabric cover and use it anywhere throughout your home.

 

The Princeton sectional group is manufactured by England Furniture who has been building quality upholstered furniture since 1964 in the foothills of East Tennessee. Founded by the England family, the company’s mission was to provide employment to the people of Appalachia. England is proud of their reputation for providing customers with a large choice of options and a rapid delivery system.

The Top Bedroom and Dining Room Furniture Sets of 2016

Now that we’ve taken a look at the hottest living room furniture sets of this past year, let’s see what was trending in bedroom and dining room furniture. Here are our most popular bedroom furniture sets and dining room furniture sets of 2016…

centenial-bedroom-setCENTENNIAL BEDROOM COLLECTION by ASPEN HOME

It’s no surprise why this bedroom collection makes our popularity list. Its classic design stylings have a comfortably familiar spin resulting in a warm but timeless effect. The relaxed feel of this group is characterized by distressed wood graining that perfectly complements simple but elegant hardware. The solid appeal of this collection is featured in each of its pieces. Build an entire suite around the items in this group or mix ‘n match for an eclectic twist. This bedroom set includes a:

  • Sleigh Bed –  A beautiful and truly timeless design highlighted by a sleigh shaped headboard and footboard. The design elements that define this collection can be seen throughout the bed giving what is normally a very traditional bed a casual spin. The taller footboard demands a larger bedroom space that will allow it to shine. The Sleigh Bed is available in both Queen and King sizes.
  • Sleigh Bed with Storage Base – Centennial - King Sleigh Bed - I49-404,405,406This sleigh bed defies today’s norm for storage beds. Typically, a storage bed is a bed that replaces the standard footboard with one that is lower in height and consists of two large drawers. In the case of the Centennial storage bed the curved sleigh-shaped footboard is maintained and the storage drawers are located on the sides of the bed. This design allows you the best of both worlds, a dramatic footboard AND extra storage. Most storage beds carry a higher price tag than their standard counterparts. They do, however, save you when purchasing a mattress set since these beds do not require a box spring as the storage drawers use the space where the box spring normally sits. It is important, though, to consider support for your mattress when eliminating a box spring. Our Sales Associates can help you better understand the details and differences in support systems.
  • Triple Dresser & Mirror – This particular triple dresser has a lot of character. And, with nine drawers, provides tons of storage space. The two bottom drawers are big and deep for bulkier items such as sweaters. Four middle drawers are smaller in scale for lighter weight items and two felt-lined top drawers are perfect for jewelry or lingerie. The highlight of the dresser is the center door with swing pull hardware. It adds an extra design element to an already interesting piece of furniture. And speaking of hardware, notice the styling changes that stay proportionate to the size of the drawers.
  • As with all Crowley Furniture bedroom sets, all pieces are sold individually so you   can pick the exact pieces that will make you smile when you wake up in the morning. This includes our dressers and mirrors. This triple dresser is beautiful on its own or with its coordinating mirror topping it off. How to decide if you prefer a mirror or not? Ask yourself these questions:
  • Is there a bathroom nearby that offers a handy mirror to check your bedhead or help you get ready when heading out for the day?
  • Would you prefer to make your bedroom appear larger and more open? A mirror can help with that.
  • What would you put in place of the mirror? Do you have artwork you want to show off in your bedroom space?
  • What will you be placing on your dresser surface? Will these items have attractive backs since they will be reflected in the mirror?
  • Chest –  This bedroom Chest is stately and functional. With five drawers it can hold all shapes and sizes of items. The three lower drawers are wide and deep with a single drawer façade. The top drawer is sleek and narrow, perfect for ties and smaller garments and the second drawer has the appearance of being divided into two separate drawers but is actually only one. This design detail adds interest to the face of the chest while allowing you more space inside the drawer.
  • Media Chest –  If you need a TV in your bedroom but also don’t want to sacrifice storage space, this media chest is perfect for you. The TV can sit on top or be mounted directly above. The top drawer hinges down for easy access to your electronics and the glass fronts won’t interfere with your remote controls. The other three drawers are wide and deep to store whatever you need to keep tucked away. Optional wood panels can replace the glass fronts for additional hidden storage.
  • Nightstand with Drawers –  This nightstand with drawers has amazing features that will change your life!
  • A pull-out drink tray will preserve the top surface wood.
  • Built-in 3-way touch lighting provides the convenience of task lighting or ambiant lighting at the touch of a button.
  • AC connections for accessories provide easy access to keep you powered up while you sleep.

This little guy is the perfect bedside companion. It’s drawers offer plentiful storage space to keep necessities close by but hidden from sight.

  • Nightstand with Shelves –  The design of this nightstand with shelves makes it a great multi-tasker. Two drawers provide storage and the top drawer contains built-in AC outlets. It also features built-in 3-way touch lighting for convenient lighting needs. The open shelf in the center of the nightstand allows you to stack items or display cherished keepsakes.

 

The Centennial collection is manufactured by Aspen Home. Aspen Home has evolved from a small family owned home entertainment business based in Phoenix to a full line furniture company that specializes in thoughtfully designed, innovative products for the home. The pride they take in their work can be seen throughout each of their collections.

Mango - Dining Set - DMGTsetMANGO DINING COLLECTION by WINNERS ONLY

The Mango Dining Collection is a fan favorite of both our customers and our Sales Associates. It’s design details lean towards rustic but in a classic, timeless manner. This dining set includes a:

  • Classic Height Trestle Table –  The classic height for a dining table is 30” high and accommodates a standard dining chair. The definition of a “trestle table” is a table consisting of a board or boards laid on trestles. And that is exactly what this table looks like. In a modern, sophisticated way! The wood detailing on the “trestles” and the metal corner accents on the table top beautifully define this table’s style. The tops are finished to perfection for long-lasting beauty.
  • Counter Height Trestle Table –  The counter height dining table is 36” high, the same height as standard kitchen counters (thus the name!). This table height requires a counter height stool (not to be confused with a bar height stool which is even taller) for comfortable seating. Counter height tables are currently quite popular and make a slightly more dramatic statement to a dining space. When determining if a counter height table is right for your dining area be sure to consider the space around the table. Will the added height block a spectacular view to the outside or exchanges with guests in an adjacent room? Also be sure you have enough right-height seating when you’re table is enlarged with its accompanying table leaves. You can’t pull a desk or side chair in from another spot like you can with a standard height table.
  • Upholstered Side Chair –  A side chair is a dining chair that does not have arms. (A dining chair with arms is labelled an arm chair.) The side chair in this collection has great details with a thick, horizontal slat back and a rich finish. The seat is upholstered in an easy-to-clean leather-look cover in a dark, neutral shade. The cushioned seat and sturdy back add comfort to this upholstered side chair.
  • Upholstered Counter Height Stool –  A counter height stool has a seat height of approximately 21”. It usually features the addition of stretchers around the base of the stool for added stability and a comfortable footrest.
  • Upholstered Classic Height Dining Bench –  This dining bench can be used at the classic height dining table as an unique replacement for the standard dining chair. In addition to adding interest to your set, it can seat more people than single dining chairs. It also makes a great seating surface in other areas of your home when guests come over.
  • Upholstered Counter Height Dining Bench –  This dining bench can be used with a taller counter height dining table. A dining bench is a great way to maximize table space. Stretchers around the base of the bench provide additional stability and the comfort of a footrest.
  • Sideboard –  The dining room sideboard, sometimes referred to as a server or buffet, is a multi-functional piece of furniture that can be used in just about any area of the home. Its features are sometimes specific to a dining setting but that doesn’t limit its flexibility. This sideboard has three top drawers and two doors to keep your space tidy and organized. Its adjustable wine storage cubby holds glasses and bottles. Let your imagination run free and consider placing this server in a foyer, guest room or hallway.

 

The Mango Dining Collection is manufactured by Winners Only. Founded in 1988, Winners Only is an industry leader in manufacturing and distributing quality furniture with great value. Based in Vista, California, Winners Only specializes in Bedroom, Dining Room and Home Entertainment furniture.

What will happen in 2017?

It’s easy to see why these groups made our greatest hits list this past year. Quality, Crowley Furniture Store Familyversatility and value is clearly important to our Kansas City customers. It is our commitment to continue to provide the products you love at a price you deserve backe2017-new-yeard by service you can trust.

Will these Top 3 Living Room Furniture Sets of 2016 reign supreme in 2017? Stay tuned to find out…

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Published On: December 13, 2016

What’s the most important thing to remember when considering Christmas Decorating Ideas? Think outside the (gift) box! Everything doesn’t have to be red and green and conform to age-old tradition. We hope our Christmas Decorating Ideas  below will inspire you to put not only a NEW twist on your seasonal décor, but also put a YOU twist on it! And many of our ideas are incredibly inexpensive to keep even Scrooge happy.

 GREETINGS 

 Your front door should be one of the grandest statements in your decorating plan. You’ll want to be sure it looks good at night as well as during the day and from close up as well as from farther away. This is one of those Christmas decorating ideas that people rarely think about but can make a huge impact. 

 ·       Incorporate cinnamon-scented pine cones and cinnamon sticks into your porch decorations to encourage the idea that something wonderful is waiting on the other side of the door.candy-wreath

·       Attach a wreath to your front door that is covered in wrapped candy tied on with ribbons. Also attach a tiny scissors with a ribbon. Greet your guests with a piece of holiday candy they can snip off themselves.

 Beyond your exterior decorations, the first stop for your guests is usually the foyer. This is the place that will set the tone for the rest of your holiday home.

 ·       Hang a bundle of jingle bells on your front door handle. Bells are the sound of merriment and every time someone enters or exits you’ll be handing oumistletoet angel wings!

·       Drape evergreen or red berry swags over the tops of your wall art. Simple but dramatic.

·       Hang mistletoe from your overhead light fixture. Just like in all the Hallmark movies.

 THE TREE AND ALL ITS TRIMMINGS

 THE “SKIRT”

 Most of us have our Christmas trees up for several weeks before putting presents under them. If this is how you do it in your house, then don’t forget about the tree skirt. Here are some thoughts to help jazz up the base of your tree.

 ·       Blankets, throws or quilts-These can be a great way to add a fun, warm texture to your tree, faux fur is especially luxurious and coriver-rockszy.

·       River Rocks-Lay large stones on top of a neutral blanket for a natural appeal (Hauling in and out is a perfect job for the kids!)rope-coil

·       Rope-Get the chunkiest rope you can find and coil it around the base of your tree stand until it is the shape and size of a tree skirt.

 THE “ORNAMENTS”

 You know about the glass balls and the millions of hobby-related ornaments available in stores. But what else can you hang on your tree to give it a unique personality? This is one of those Christmas decorating ideas that is both simple and creative. 

 ·       Tea cups-fill them 1/3 to 1/2 with fake berries or holiday bloom.

·       vintage-postcardVintage postcards or images-hang them from ribbons or strings.

·       Tie glass balls with chunky, textured yarn instead of hooks. When in quantity they will add color and warmth to the tree.

·       Vintage stuffed animals and toys-give your tree an old world spin by wiring on vintage items. Be sure to keep the proportion of the tree consistent with the size of the tvintage-bearoys.

·       Mittens and gloves-if you find an adorable pattern or color scheme, buy multiple pairs to hang from your tree branches. Cable knit and plaid are perfect patterns in this case.

 THE “GARLAND”

 ·       Newspaper or books-cut them in strips like the kids’ construction paper garland or cut out a shapnewspaper-garlande (cookie cutters make great templates) and string it together for a sophisticated vintage effect.

·       Does Mom, Grandma or Aunt knit or crochet? Ask them to make you a thin scarf that is super long and drape it around your Christmas tree in lieu of garland. In addition to a beautifully unique tree, you’ll also get a memorable keepsake. Don’t know anyone who knits? Buy several at the store and string them together.

 THE “TOPPERS”

 One aspect that many  neglect when searching for Christmas decorating ideas is the toppers. If you have a special tree topper such as a star or angel then you’re all set. If, however, you are searching for the perfect cherry on top of your tree, think about this:

 ·       Framed Art-Get an inexpensive frame and remove the backing. Paint a star on the glass, secure it to the frame and attach it to the top of your tree with wire and ribbon. (Star templates can be printed off the internet.)

·       Ribbons and Bows-There are many options when it comes to bows and ribbons to top your tree. There are big round pompom bows, longer shoelace bows and single loop special awareness bows. You can use a single color ribbon or add a second or third color. You can have short tails or long tails that reach almost to the floor. Just be sure to keep the overall size of your tree in mind when fashioning your bow topper.monogram

·       Monograms-Very popular right now, you see monograms on everything. Why not the top of your tree? Use your family name initial or stagger an “S” and a “C” for your jolly ol’ friend.

 DECORATING THEMES

 Do you have a theme to your Christmas decorating? While it’s not necessary to assign a theme to some or any of your rooms, there are rooms that just scream for decorations of a certain style.

 ·       Kitchen-Decorate with spices, herbs and produce. Fresh is great and will add merriment to your sense of smell or look for quality fake-outs that are hard to tell from the real deal. Thinly slice oranges or apples and dry them in the oven, place them in the nooks, crannies and open soffits of your kitchen along with evergreen fillers and sprigs of fresh rosemary.

·       Sun Room-A beach or cottage theme might be fun for this type of space. Look for cool colored decorations in shades of green and blue, or try the exact opposite and make it sunny and warm with oranges, reds and yellows.

·       Dining Room-Decorating with candles, chocolates and dishware is perfect in this space. Cover a Styrofoam tree form with chocolate icing and attach inexpensive chocolates to the icing. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a snow-covered tree. While not edible it will look and smell great. A partridge in a pear tree is also perfect décor for a dining room.  Whether you have an actual Christmas tree or a large tabletop vessel, load it up with pears and perch a partridge slightly off-center. Don’t use real pears or partridges, that gets too messy.

·       Living and Bedroom Spaces-Consider basing your decorations on classic Christmas shows, movies, stories or songs. You can choose to make your scheme funny, nostalgic, campy or retro. The possibilities are endless with Scrooge alone. Think some classics are overdone? Accept the challenge to come up with your own fresh take on an old favorite.

 MEMORIES

 One of the best Christmas decorating ideas involves a personal aspect. Try working some memorabilia into your design plan. This is, after all, the season for friends and cameosfamily.

 ·       Create tree ornaments with family images, profiles in a solid color on a plaid background are trending right now.

·       Have your kids write down what they want on a quality piece of card stock. Roll it up like a scroll and tie it with a ribbon or string. Each year they can read what they wanted the previous years and then continue to add to it. The tied scrolls look pretty nestled in the tree branches and they’ll be fun to read in the future.

 WELCOME GUESTS

 Make your guests feel extra welcome by adding festive touches to your Guest Room and Guest Bath. Little things can make a big impact.

 ·       Hang stockings with their name or initial from the bed posts or headboard.

·       Place a small bowl of peppermint chocolates or eggnog cookies on a table.

·       Make or buy a Christmas floral arrangement to sit on a table or bathroom counter.

·       Add holiday pillows that coordinate with your everyday bedding.

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 ·       Burn a candle with a pleasant Christmas scent.

·       Put out Christmas hand towels.

·       Lay a Christmas rug on the floor.

·       Drape greens over the light fixture.

 THE EXTRAS

 Here are some extra Christmas decorating ideas to keep you warm and cozy even if the weather outside is frightful:

 ·       Frame vintage ads thacoke-polar-bearst feature Christmas or winter figures such as Coke Santa or Polar Bears. Replace some of your regular artwork with these pieces to avoid overcrowding. After Christmas when you put your regular art back up it will seem fresh and new.

·       Use those cookie or popcorn tins you get as gifts as free containers for small birch logs (even if your fireplace is gas burning) or a bright poinsettia.

·       Don’t forget to make your home smell like Christmas too-heat water in a medium saucepan on the stovetop, add sliced oranges and winter spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Let simmer on very low heat. It’s amazing! Be sure to keep an eye on it, you’ll need to add water occasionally. Some might call this one of those Christmas decorating ideas that’s way over the top, but you can never do too much when it comes to Christmas! 

·       Use clear glass vessels in varying shapes and sizes on your kitchen or dining room table to store holiday treats. The different heights and widths will make an interesting display, all of your baking will be displayed proudly and your guests are welcome to help themselves at any time.

·       Warm up your furniture for the cold winter months with throws draped over the backs of upholstery and toss pillows that say “snuggle me”.

 A NOTE ABOUT COLLECTIBLES

 Collectibles can be fun and enjoyable for homeowner and guests alike. Here are some tips to maximize viewing of your sentimental displays:

 ·       Keep your groupings interesting by varying the height. If the collectibles are all approximately the same size create pedestals for some by wrapping small boxes in coordinating wrapping paper and placing some of the collectibles on top. Be sure they’re steady if you’re dealing with breakables. You might even choose to display them in cabinets and etageres

·       Consider separating a large collection into several smaller ones. Divide them between the rooms of your home based on color and/or theme. This way you’ll be able to see and appreciate each piece rather than having them all blend together. In terms of Christmas decorating ideas, this one really does make a difference. 

FOLLOW YOUR HEART WHEN IT COMES TO CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS santa

 Whether you go all out or prefer subtle simplicity, follow your heart when choosing which Christmas decorating ideas you want to incorporate. Do this, and your home will be festively perfect for you, your family and whoever else may be comin’ to town.

Home Office Desk Ideas: Combining Style with Function

Published On: October 18, 2016

 

Do you think a Blog about Home Office Desk Ideas won’t interest you because you don’t work from home as part of your job? You may want to reconsider because the big questions really are: Who needs a space in their home to organize and pay bills, read and write emails or store basic office supplies? We all do!

The first step in planning a home office space is determining your needs. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Who will be using the office space? Will multiple people be working at one time?
  • How will they be using it? What technology accommodations are needed? How much desktop surface is needed, is there work involving over-sized materials?
  • Where in your home will it be located? Is there a designated room for it or will it share with your kitchen or guest room for example?
  • How much storage and/or filing space is needed?

Once you’ve determined who will use the space and how they will use it, the next step is to match your needs to the right home office furniture and the right home office furniture to your space.

The Star of the Home Office Furniture Show

The big star of a Home Office is the desk. Home Office Desks can be found in many Carlyle - Large Storage Desk - H371-27sizes and styles. Crowley Furniture offers Home Office collections that can fill the needs for any home office area regardless of size or shape. From mission to traditional to modern you can furnish your space to be functional AND enjoyable.

If you’d prefer to go off the grid with your Home Office Desk Idea think about these suggestions to create a one-of-a-kind desk:

  • Use two file cabinets or 30” high bookcases as bases with a door across the top. This is a creative solution with an extra large work surface and tucked away storage.
  • Many Sofa Tables or Media Consoles are perfect to double as a small desk. These are ideal for adding function and character to a cozy space.
  • Skip a desk entirely by putting a wall to work by painting it with chalkboard paint, dry erase paint or magnetic paint (or a combination of the three!). You can hang, post and clip everything you need right to the wall.Vintage Gray - Console Table - T500-504

Whatever style of desk you get be sure it has the technological capabilities you need. This is especially important to pay attention to when planning a DIY desk.

Some features to look for:

  • Access holes for cords to reach from your devices to electrical outlets so you don’t have unsightly cords draped over your furniture.
  • Built in outlets and USB ports for easy access to charge cell phones and laptops.
  • Storage and organization-do you need drawers to hold files, extra space for craft or art supplies?

The Home Office Supporting Cast

There are many other furniture pieces created specifically for an office environment. Whether you use a collection piece or a repurposed find keep these in mind as you plan out what is best for you:

  • File Cabinets
    • Vertical
      • PRO: Uses a minimum amount of wall space.
      • CON: Stretches far into the room especially when open so be sure to have ample walk space.
    • Lateral
      • PRO: Able to hold different size files in a single drawer.
      • CON: Slightly higher in price
  • Bookcases
    • Sizes-Choose the height that works best in your space or combine heights for added interest.Grove - Bookcases - DG3460/72/84
    • Doors-Doors on the bottom will hide things you want to keep out of sight.
  • Credenzas-A credenza often houses the printer and provides additional storage.
  • Hutches
    • Lo-A short hutch that sits on top of a desk or credenza that offers additional shelving and storage space.
    • Hi-A tall hutch that sits on top of a desk or credenza that offers an abundance of shelving and storage space.
  • Corner Table-The corner table fills in the corner space created by “L” or “U” shaped arrangements to provide additional surface area. This is often a great place for a printer.

Home Office Configuration Options

The size and shape of your home office space, as well as how you use it, will help determine the best configuration for you. With so many pieces available in our Home Office collections, you have many arrangement alternatives to choose from:

  • L-shaped: A common configuration that consists of three pieces: a desk, a credenza or return and a corner table.
  • U-shaped: This arrangement is useful to someone who works at their home office space full time and requires abundant storage and surface space. Typically this configuration consists of a desk, a return and a credenza.
  • Back-to-Back: This set-up is popular for offices where two people share a work space, often for many hours a day, and each requires his or her own desk. The two desks are placed back to back down the middle of the space.
  • Floating: This configuration can be combined with other pieces but is often seen in a work area that consists only of a desk that sits away from the wall with its back to a corner. If the room is right, this is a great way to arrange your office furniture and presents a welcoming feel when you enter the room.
  • Window Facing: If you’re the type to be easily distracted this may not be the arrangement for you. Some people, however, thrive when flooded with light and the ability to keep an eye on the world.

 

Other pieces you may need to complete your space or make you more efficient:

  • DESK CHAIRS: Standard office chairs that swivel, allow you to select the desired height and are ergonomically designed are ideal for situations where you’ll be sitting for long periods of time. For a less institutional look you could consider straight back chairs that are more decorative. These come in hundreds of options allowing you to choose style, finish, wood or upholstered seat, arms or armless.
  • ROOM FILLERS: If you have extra space you may want to place a chair with an ottoman, a recliner or a loveseat in the area to give you a change of scenery without getting too far from your tasks. These are also great for power naps!
  • ADJACENT SPACES: If your Home Office is in a garage or side building, consider a small kitchen or coffee bar for convenient lunches or breaks. A TV Stand may also be helpful to house a TV and DVR for an early morning yoga session or mid-day news reports. Some collections cross over with Home Office pieces, Home Entertainment pieces and Occasional Tables such as Cross Island, Hamlyn and Carlysle. These groups provide even more options to complete your space.
  • CLIENT VISITS: If you need to host client meetings in your Home Office space be Quail Run - Dining Set - DQT13636sure to provide appropriate seating for guests. A small conference table may also be in order. Storage and organization is especially important when clients are entering your domain to keep it neat and uncluttered. Be sure to design your space to reflect your business and clients.

Are accessories important in a Home Office area?

FOR SURE! While a Home Office space is very utilitarian, it still needs to have some personalization and personality. Consider these options:

  • Book Ends: They add interest and variety to shelves that otherwise are very uniform. Try using them on two different shelves, each one holding in place books that are resting against the side of the bookcase on the other end.
  • Area Rugs: Whether you have wall-to-wall carpet or hard surface flooring an Area Rug can spice up your space. It can also define the work area when it’s a shared space such as a guest room or den.
  • Window Treatments: You’ll most likely need some sort of light control so you won’t have to plan your schedule around the location of the sun. You’ll want to be able to clearly see all of your device screens without glare.
  • Lamps/Overhead Lights: Choose lamps and ceiling fixtures that can provide the proper wattage for your personal requirements. These will need to give off brighter task lighting versus low ambient lighting.

Stay motivated!

While you want to be able to stay focused in your work space you can still make it fun and motivating. Surround yourself with a favorite shade of paint or a to-die-for wallpaper pattern. Choose things for this space that you love and that inspire you. Whether you have a designated room for your Home Office or not, you can transform your space into an area you love. Here are some ideas to create the room you’ve always dreamed of:

  • Gentleman’s Library-You’ve probably seen this style many times in your life but it remains a classic. Reminiscent of a castle library or smoking lounge, it’s decorated with dark, heavy furnishings and traditionally styled pieces. Popular colors to create this effect are deep greens, reds and golds.
  • Peaceful Tranquility-This is the space that will make you feel like you’ve entered a spa and your chi is flowing freely. Simple furnishings and items that have a light and airy look to them are best. Be careful that you don’t get too relaxed, that will probably not be productive for a work space. Cool, light colors such as sage, sky blue and sandy beige can help create this zen effect.
  • Mom Cave-The Mom Cave may lean more toward arts and crafts than documents and spreadsheets so a larger work surface and abundant storage may be needed. The Mom Cave would be filled with pretty finds that create a world where she can escape. Colors could go in just about any direction but most likely will be happy and welcoming.
  • Vintage Chic-This space will be filled with unique finds and repurposed pieces. Nothing matches and everything has a story. That very popular gray/beige color would surely come into play somewhere in this space.
  • Super Sleek-If you love clean, streamlined rooms this will be the office style for you. Modern touches such as fuss-free furnishings and shiny metal accents will give this room its signature look. Neutrals and tone-on-tone are common color themes for a sleek space often with a small burst of a single, bold color like bright yellow or cobalt blue to give the room spark.

Multi-Purpose Spaces

What if your Home Office shares a space with your Guest Room or Master Bedroom? Moonstruck - Queen Sleeper - 2409It can still be an efficient, functional space but you want to be sure it plays well with others. Your office furnishings and accessories should flow with what is going on in the rest of the room so they appear to be one well-planned, cohesive space. Be sure your Guest Room is equipped with charging stations for your guests’ phones and laptops. To conserve space in a Guest Room consider a Sleeper Sofa or Daybed that can be expanded when guests arrive.

One crucial consideration if your office area is sharing a space with another function in your home or is located where there is a lot of traffic, you must keep it organized! It’s easy for this area to turn into a dumping ground that quickly becomes an area you do not want to spend time in. Our friends at HGTV have these great tips to offer for organizing and decluttering your work space:

  1. 1.Purge Paper Get control of the paper in your office using the System of Three: shred/toss it, file it or take action from it.
  2. 2.Color-Code Your Filing System Separate your files into categories:
    1. A.Green-Financial
    2. B.Red-Medical
    3. C.Orange-Personal
    4. D.Yellow-Insurance
    5. E.Blue-House
  3. 3.Create a Mail Station Make a folder for incoming and outgoing mail, mail to file, bills and a folder for every family member. As soon as the mail comes in, file it in the mail station. Once a week go through each folder.
  4. 4.Create a Printing Station Designate a space in your office area to house the printer and its supplies. If you have a wireless printer, it doesn’t have to go on your desk, place it on a credenza or a corner table to free up your desktop for other things.
  5. 5.Store in Containers Store office supplies in containers, bins, baskets and drawers. Keeping these items out of sight will give your office a decluttered look.
  6. 6.Use a Label Maker Invest in a good label maker and label your files, drawers and boxes. You’ll always know exactly where everything is. Be careful though, label making can be addictive!
  7. 7.Categorize Make your space more functional by organizing like items together. These universal group ideas will work for most people but you’ll also want to personalize based on your personal needs:
    1. A.Stickies (notes, tabs, stickers)
    2. B.Tools (straight cutter, stapler, staple remover, hole puncher)
    3. C.Budget (checkbook, calculator, bill calendar)
    4. D.Writing Tools (markers, pens, pencils)
    5. E.Mail (envelopes, stamps, address labels)
    6. F.Labeling (labeler and label tape)
  8. 8.Go Vertical-One trick people often miss when organizing an office is to utilize wall space to hang filing systems, calendars, whiteboards, shelving and more. Just remember these will always be on display so be sure they coordinate with your room design.

Hopefully some of these Home Office desk ideas and other tips will help make your work space a fun and inspirational place to spend time. Whatever size, style or layout you choose always remember to work happier, not harder!

 

American-Made Furniture – It Does Exist!

Published On: September 13, 2016

Just like giant talking M&M’s and Santa Claus, American-Made Furniture does exist! This Labor Day, Crowley Furniture is honoring some of our manufacturing partners who provide American-Made Furniture, made possible through American workers!

As the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day represents the exit of warm, lazy days and long daylight hours and announces the return of cooler temps, school routines and fall sports. Traditionally it also stood as the last acceptable day to wear white and seersucker but since most younger generations don’t know what seersucker is let’s leave that whole fashion guideline securely in the past. Labor Day-Rosie

Many Americans think of Labor Day as a day off work to enjoy the last hurrahs of summer. You may have heard, however, that we need reminding of the true meaning of the holiday. If you are spending a happy day with friends and family eating great BBQ and taking the pontoon out for one last spin, we aren’t judgey and say good for you! But if you happen to be reading this Blog while eating a slab of ribs or filling up water balloons then kudos to you for both celebrating Labor Day and honoring its purpose all at one time. To make Labor Day more meaningful, let us take you on a journey to learn a little more about it while discovering a few examples of American labor at its finest.

Origins of Labor Day & American-Made Pride

While many countries around the world celebrate Labor Day in different forms, it has distinctly American roots beginning with the labor movement. The US Labor Movement grew out of a need to protect the common interests of workers. Originating in the formative years of the American nation, the Labor Movement led efforts to end child labor, secure reasonable hours and wages, improve safety of working conditions, provide health benefits and aid workers who were injured or retired. In the late 19th century a proposal was made to dedicate a day celebrating workers to improve morale and relationships between workers, unions and owners. The proposal was accepted and today, Labor Day pays tribute to the achievements and contributions that American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

Making A Difference

At Crowley Furniture in Kansas City, Made in America is more than just a slogan. As an American-made family-owned business we believe in determination, hard work, pride in what we do and respect for others. Out of these values emerges a business philosophy that comes full circle: align yourself with partners that share your values, and they, in turn, will treat you with those very same values. Most people would call this a win-win and they would be right, but it’s actually a win-win-win since the end results of these successful relationships are quality products at value-minded prices backed by unparalleled service. This win is all for you, the consumer.

We’re proud of the relationships we’ve forged and would like to introduce you to some of the companies that manufacture American-Made furniture for our three Kansas City stores while playing a large role in their own communities through the people they employ. Here are their stories:

American-Made Furniture by Vaughan-Bassett

John Bassett of Vaughan-Bassett knows a lot about keeping jobs in America. So much that he literally wrote a book on it. Factory Man by Beth Macy shares an amazing account of how he fought to produce 100% of his products in America with American labor. 

Harrington - Bedroom Set - 534setBased in Galax, VA, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company manufactures current but timeless bedroom furniture such as the Soho, Cottage and Harrington collections. In 1919, Vaughan-Bassett was founded by two men, B.C. Vaughan and J.D. Bassett, Sr., both of whom were from Bassett, VA

Today, Vaughan-Bassett has many things going for it including their commitment to manufacturing furniture in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. Through its “One for One” program, they contributed 150,000 tree seedlings in 2007 to the Virginia Department of Forestry. The planting of these 150,000 allows the replacement of every tree used in the production of the company’s bedroom suites. Since 2007, over 1 million trees have been planted by the Virginia Department of Forestry through this program. Vaughan-Bassett has also installed $2 million state-of-the-art systems to increase lumber yield by over 20 percent, thereby significantly reducing the number of trees needed to produce their furniture.

Vaughan-Bassett is also a leader in the “Buy Local” movement. Over 99 percent of its lumber comes from within 500 miles of its factories and 80 percent from within 200 miles, reducing the carbon footprint associated with the transport of primary raw material. But most of all, by employing approximately 700 people in factories based inVaughan-Bassett Factory Man Galax, VA and Elkin, NC, Vaughan-Bassett is extremely proud of the fact that 100 percent of their furniture is crafted here in the United States by American employees.

To learn more of John Bassett’s fight to save American jobs and keep all of his operation in the U.S., read his book Factory Man by Beth Macy: “In a world of blue-collar victims, where logging chains seal forever the doors of mills and factories from the Rust Belt to the Deep South, Beth Macy’s award-winning look at one furniture maker’s refusal to give in is a breath of hope-and a damn fine story to read. The book tracks John Bassett’s fight to keep American jobs on this side of borders and oceans, and keeps one American town from becoming a place of empty storefronts and FOR SALE signs.”—Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winner of The Most They Ever Had

American-Made Furniture by Justice

The word “justice” is defined by terms such as fairness, equity, moral rightness and genuine respect for others.Justice Furniture Founders Bill Lois

Justice Furniture & Bedding was founded in 1957 in Lebanon, MO by Bill and Lois Wampler. After searching in the dictionary for the right name, Bill came across the word “justice” and felt it reflected the beliefs and values on how to run a business. The company was founded on two core principles-quality and service-and today these are Justice Furniture Owners Dan Angiestill closely adhered to by the third generation family-owned business. Today Dan Wampler and Angie Jackson (Bill and Lois’ son and granddaughter) carry on the quality and service that began in 1957.

Quality is easy to see throughout the American-Made Furniture line by Justice. Their sofas, loveseats, chairs, sectionals and other products feature craftsmanship that only comes from a company with dedicated artisans. Much of the Lebanon, MO community are long-time employees of Justice.

The Justice Bedding line boasts the same quality and attention to detail as their furniture line. Highlighted by their Latex collections, Justice adds a special touch to every layer of their mattresses resulting in some of the most comfortable mattresses in the market today. With a truly unique feel, you’ll want to be sure to experience the special effects of Justice’s Latex foam when you’re next in the market for a mattress.

American-Made Furniture by Oakwood

American-Made Furniture handcraftedOakwood Industries was started with the goal of supporting founder Clay Zimmerman’s family. Since 1987 it has not only done that but grown to provide quality jobs to many more.

The employees are a big part of what makes Oakwood successful. Their attention to detail, time honored techniques used in building quality hardwood furniture and their exceptional customer service has made a lasting impression on consumers from around the country.

Striving to exceed their customer’s expectations, Oakwood uses the finest Oak, Cherry and Maple woods with durable finishes to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Only excellent grade wood is used in the construction of their solid wood furniture, each piece being hand-chosen for quality assurance.Oakwood American-Made Furniture

With Oakwood furniture, customization is king. Once you’ve chosen your favorite pieces from their array of stunning bedroom and dining collections such as Edinburgh, Livingston, Mission and Lighthouse, you then choose from three wood types and a wide variety of finishes for true personalization. The artisans at Oakwood make your furniture when you order it exactly the way you want it. Oakwood furniture is not only beautiful but it lasts a lifetime and can be handed down for generations to come cause it just keeps getting better with age.

History, Roots and Pride

Like Crowley Furniture, Vaughan-Bassett, Justice and Oakwood are proud of their family-owned history, home-grown roots and pride in America which is why we trust them to provide us with the very best American-Made Furniture which we can then offer to our customers which in turn keeps American workers on the job!

Enjoy The Fruits of Your Labor Day

Labor Day FestivalWhatever you choose to do this Labor Day, make it great because you’ve earned it. But don’t forget to squeeze in a visit to your nearest Crowley Furniture store in Liberty, Lee’s Summit or Overland Park to take advantage of our special Labor Day offers!

Twin Bed Dimensions

Published On: August 30, 2016

Interested in learning more about Twin Bed Dimensions? Help is here!

Why is it important to understand twin bed dimensions? Room layout! Why is room layout important? You’ll be sure to make 1.) good buying decisions and 2.) the most of your space. When planning a bedroom makeover, you need to be aware of twin bed dimensions. You also need to be mindful of the size and features of your space so you can furnish it properly. (And back in the day you thought you’d never use Math when you grew up.)

So ask yourself this: What exactly are the dimensions of twin beds? What is the difference between twin bed dimensions and twin extra-long (aka XL) bed dimensions? And what does 3/3 mean when identifying twin bed dimensions?

Twin bed dimensions are standard in the U.S.: 39” wide by 75” long. This is helpful to know so, in addition to helping you accurately plan your room layout, you can confidently purchase coordinates and companions labeled twin size and know they Twin Bed Dimensionswill fit. (Caveat: Consider mattress depth when purchasing sheets, this can vary greatly.) Since a 75” twin mattress length is often too short for many people, most mattress manufacturers offer twin XL mattresses which adds an additional 5” to the length of the bed resulting in twin XL dimensions being 39” wide by 80” long. Thus their extra-long status. Twin XL beds are especially popular in dormitories. Twin beds in general, are ideal for kids and teens, singles in senior communities and those with small spaces.

The mattress industry identifies bed sizes by their width. A twin size mattress is 3/3 meaning that it is 3’+3” in width. A full-size mattress is referred to as 4/6 and it is 4’+6” for 54 total inches wide. A queen mattress is 60” wide and so identified as 5/0, a king mattress is 78” wide identified by 6/6 and a California king is 72” wide noted by 6/0.

How to Dress a Twin Bed

Whatever type of bed you choose you, of course, want to put your personal stamp on it. This is done through the bedcoverings.Twin Bedding

Bedcovers: Whether you choose to put a comforter, quilt, duvet, coverlet or bedspread on top of your bed consider carefully. Patterns can be fun but if too large or too busy can be overwhelming. The current trend is to treat your bed covering as a backdrop to show off your…

Pillows: Twin Bed dimensions look properly proportioned with one single standard sham but throw pillows can be added to spice up the look of the room adding texture, color, style and interest to the space. This is where you can really jazz things up. If you have a headboard with a design in or on it, however, be careful not to cover it completely with pillows.

Bedskirts: To use a bedskirt or not is an age-old question. The clean look is popular today however if you go this route you want to be sure your foundation is covered in something attractive (a coordinating fitted sheet may do the trick.) On the flip side bed skirts are still common and can fit in with current trends. Consider your bed skirt options such as pleated, ruffled or shirred. You don’t need to match the bed skirt to your bed covering, they just need to coordinate so have fun mixin’ it up’! The Bag of Bedding concept is out. Fly your own flag and create your own ensemble. Mix ‘n match styles and colors that you love and the end result will be a room you love. For more bedding ideas check out our Pinterest board: Bedding Dis-Ensembled.

What about Bedroom Walls and Floors?

Since twin bed dimensions are so perfect for small spaces you may think you have to paint the walls a very light color to make it appear larger (because that’s what “they” say). Choosing a shade of creamy white from the two million creamy white options will not magically make your room larger. Paint it a color you love and embrace its Paint Dramacoziness. Paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to add a splash of color and personality to a space.

Regardless of floor covering in the room consider an Area Rug to boost interest in the space. A rug can be placed perpendicularly under a bed, or, if you dare, place it at a wonky angle to the bed-we bet you’ll love it. If you have extra space in the center of the room try a round rug to tie everything together.

Twin Size Mattress Options

Twin and Twin XL mattresses come in every type and just about every style that Queen and King mattresses do. Types of mattresses include Innerspring, Memory Foam and Hybrids. Many styles from Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic offer options in Twin and Twin XL sizes. Visit one of our Kansas City area stores and we’ll help you understand the benefits of each and together we’ll find the perfect mattress set for you.

While twin beds, also called single beds for obvious reasons, are not as heavy as the larger mattresses they still require proper support. A quality box spring, also referred to as a foundation, is important for the mattress to perform as it should. All twin mattresses can be used with either a hi-profile foundation or a low-profile foundation. A hi-profile foundation is standard at 9” high. A low-profile foundation is only 5” high. A low-profile foundation is a good choice for those shorter in stature or seniors who may require their bed to be closer to the ground. Also some headboards are better suited to a low-profile foundation. Your Crowley Furniture Sales Associate will help you determine which foundation is right for you.

Another must-have bedding accessory is a Mattress Protector. Mattress Protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your investment. As with most things, the world of technology has touched this product as well. Many Mattress Protectors provide temperature regulating and heat deflection assistance with flexible layers that respond to your motion. Many also boost air circulation to keep you cool while an invisible waterproof barrier repels liquids. Check out our Ver-Tex Mattress Protector by BedGear. Be sure you do not use a fluffy mattress pad or topper, this may interrupt the performance of your mattress, especially a foam mattress which will not be able to successfully respond to your body temperature and engage its climate control properties.

What about Beds, as in Headboards and Footboards?

Today, Twin Beds are available in many different designs made of a variety of materials including wood, metal, and upholstery. To find the one that is right for you, you need to take into consideration your room shape and size, your personal style and preferences and your budget. The most economical way to add interest to your bed is with a headboard only. Lusso - Queen/King Upholstered Headboard - 1281-570The headboard is attached to a discreet metal frame which is sold separately. This will give your bed a more finished appeal without taking up extra space. If you want to kick it up a notch, consider a complete bed that has a headboard, footboard and side rails to connect the two. These beds often feature low-profile footboards (which help to make your room appear less cluttered) and storage footboards (a great solution for small spaces). While storage beds are slightly higher in cost than beds with a standard footboard, you’ll save a bit on the mattress set since you only use a mattress with storage beds and do not need a foundation. Keep in mind your twin bed dimensions will increase when you add any sort of headboard, footboard or side rails. How much depends on the design.

While using these twin bed dimensions to plan your room, you also need to plan for your Nightstand dimensions. It’s important to stay in proportion to the bed. For Soho - Small Nightstand - BB5-224example, if your headboard is taller and visually weighty it can handle a bulkier nightstand. If you have a light and airy headboard you’ll need a smaller scaled nightstand. This holds true for the other pieces in the room as well. If you’re one who prefers all of your bedroom pieces to match, browse through our Twin Bedroom Sets to view coordinating pieces within a collection such as dressers, mirrors and chests.

Never Forget the Finishing Touches

Did you know the Crowley Furniture stores in Liberty, Overland Park and Lee’s Summit all offer lamps, accessories and area rugs? These items are key to having a truly finished and personalized space. So you can complete the look of your room in our one-stop shop!

Circling back to the beginning of our discussion of why you need to understand twin bed dimensions, we now come to room layout and bed placement. While lining everything up against the walls may allow you the greatest empty space in the center of the room, this strategy may not be the best layout for you or the room. As a general rule, the best bedroom layout allows the bed to “greet” you when you walk in the room, meaning you will walk in and the headboard is facing directly at you. This may be best accomplished by putting the bed with only its head against the wall and extending the foot towards the center of the room. If you have extra space consider angling the bed out into the room from a corner.

And all that is why you need to familiarize yourself with twin bed dimensions as well as all dimensions of your space and the items you plan to put in it. You’ll find your bedroom furnishing experience fun and rewarding if you remember the old saying: Measure Twice, Buy Once!

3 Living Room Ideas to Create a Designer Look

Published On: July 12, 2016
Do you want to know the 3 living room ideas that will make your home look like you’ve hired a Designer and gave them an unlimited budget? Well get ready, you’re about to be inspired to make your Dream Home come true! To get started on your vision, visit one of the Crowley Furniture Stores of Kansas City. Crowley Furniture offers home furnishings for every style and budget. And whatever your style or budget may be, you’ll find it possible to turn your home from underwhelming to magazine-ready.

Coming up with different living room ideas doesn’t mean you need a big budget. So exactly what does make a Designer space look like a Designer space? We can sum it up in three lines:

  1. 1. DO Mix ‘n Match/DON’T Matchy-Match
  2. 2. Attention to Details
  3. 3. Living Room Ideas Are All About Personality!
DO MIX ‘n MATCH/DON’T MATCHY-MATCH

The greatest road map to creating a home with Designer Style is to Follow Your Heart. When putting together Living Room Sets the options are virtually limitless. Often a Living Room furniture collection includes a sofa, loveseat, chair and ottoman. You could place all of these pieces dressed in the same fabric in a room and it would look nice. This tends to work for a very traditional space, for example a Living Room that is often used for formal entertaining. If this is the look you’re going for then try mixing your occasional tables up by choosing end tables from one collection and a cocktail table from another collection, keeping in mind it’s A-OK to blend finishes and metals. If you’d like to add a bit more casual contrast to using all matching pieces within a collection you could apply coordinating fabrics Parkway Out West Linento some of the pieces. The sofa and loveseat may be in one fabric and the chair, ottoman and throw pillows are in a complimentary fabric. Another option, which allows you the most freedom, is to compile a Living Room Set using furniture pieces from a variety of different collections that are not identical but complement each other.

If this sounds intimidating here are suggestions to overcoming the challenges of Mix ‘n Match:

How do I mix prints? Scale and proportion! This refers to the actual size of the printed patterns. Be sure to vary the size of the pattern printed on the fabric, you don’t want a room full of different fabrics that all are covered in very large patterns. Conversely, you also don’t want a room covered in tiny patterns. Both of these scenarios would be very busy and overwhelming whether your room is large or small. If you keep scale in mind you can put just about anything together. Proportion refers to applying fabric pattern to frame. A super-sized pattern, for example, will literally be lost on a tiny frame.

Can there be too much pattern? It’s possible. To combat pattern overload keep in mind that solids are the great neutralizer. If you find a pattern you absolutely adore use it sparingly and offset it with a solid color that you have pulled from the pattern itself. If you have too many patterns they begin to conflict and if you use too much of a good thing, such as the pattern you have fallen in love with, it will become generic and ordinary. Keep it special by localizing it.

Can I mix styles? BRING IT ON! Unexpected can be fun and interesting. Soften the hard lines of a contemporary chair with a fuzzy cottage-style pillow. Add a touch of sophistication to a rustic space with a traditional area rug. Turn a formal room fun with whimsical wall décor. Let your imagination run wild, it’s hard to go wrong surrounded by things you enjoy.
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Everest - Sectional - 4377-62/30/76What about touchy-feely? Textures are your friend. Combining soft, fluffy, fuzzy, smooth, shiny, squiggly fibers and finishes will only make your room that much more interesting. These items will play off each other and give your room character

Keep in mind the BIG PICTURE. Look at everything as a whole. While you should love everything in your space, they all can’t be your favorites. Supporting actors are very important to make the real stars shine. So don’t worry if the pattern of this isn’t ideal or the color of that is a little off if it all enhances the overall effect of the space.

ATTENTION TO DETAILS:

You’ve heard the saying: it’s the little things that count. Well that applies to living room ideas as much as anything. Once you’ve visited the furniture store to get your creative juices flowing and have selected the main pieces for your room (the upholstery and the Wall Decoroccasional tables) you may think you’re done. Living Room Ideas - Accent LampBut…you’re not. The fun is just beginning! It’s time to select Accents such as lamps, wall décor, area rugs, pillows and table top accessories.Accents Area RugsThese items are the key to making your room look and feel finished.

Living Room Ideas - Pillows

Accents can be described as those things that unite the larger pieces in the room and make, what could otherwise be a somewhat generic room, a room that comes alive with character and dimension. While you want to surround yourself with these special things it’s important to remember those famous words spoken by fashion mogul Coco Chanel: Don’t forget to EDIT! (We paraphrased.) It is possible to have too much “stuff” which then becomes distracting. How to know when enough is enough? If your accessories are too crowded your eye won’t have anywhere to rest which becomes visually overwhelming. When you look around your space are you able to enjoy each individual piece? Designers use restraint and avoid clutter.

A few good guidelines to avoid overcrowding:

  • Arrange items in groups of odd numbers: 1, 3 or 5-if an item is very large or very dramatic let it shine on its own, if you have rather small items you may need multiples so they don’t get lost, 3 is always a good, magic decorating number
  • Spread things out-negative space is very important in all fields of art
  • Don’t build an army-Accent pieces are usually more interesting if not lined up like little soldiers in a perfectly straight line, try to stagger the group side-to-side and front-to-back and don’t space them exactly the same distance apart
  • Distribute weight evenly, visual weight that is-bigger and brighter items carry more visual weight than things that are petite or more subtle, keep in mind balance as you build your groupings
LIVING ROOM IDEAS ARE ALL ABOUT PERSONALITY!

While there are guidelines to good design (see above!), your home needs to reflect you, your personality and your family’s lifestyle. Photos, collectibles, books and other memorabilia should be woven into the design of your space. This is what truly tells the world that this is your home.

While these Living Room Ideas hold true for any room of the house they are most applicable for your Living Room space since that is made up mostly of upholstered items. Your Bedroom furniture, Dining Room furniture and Home Office furnitNouvelle - Bedroom Set - 9180seture are mostly made up of wood pieces, but be sure to apply the same techniques for personalizing these spaces. More interest can be brought into these wood-heavy spaces via the wall and floor coverings as well as accessories, bed coverings and window treatments.

If a Designer look is still your dream but you’re just too overwhelmed to tackle the project alone, ask yourself this: WWJGD? (You know which Waco-based Designer we’re talking about.) OR stop in at any of the Crowley Furniture locations throughout Kansas City.

As you embark on your journey to put these living room ideas into action, always remember: A happy home is a happy heart! With Crowley Furniture Stores of Kansas City, you’ll love coming home.

How To Clean Your Upholstery

Published On: June 13, 2016

Did you realize dust is falling on your upholstery at the same rate as your end tables? Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. One of the best ways to care for your fabric furniture pieces is to vacuum them regularly. To help you better understand this process, we’ve provided a step-by-step guide on How to Clean Your Upholstery “Crowley Furniture Style”!

The Sectional pictured below is one of the many comfortable, durable and attractive products made by Justice Furniture, our furniture manufacturing neighbor in Lebanon, Missouri. Justice Furniture crafts upholstery and bedding with quality, care and family values. At Crowley Furniture of Kansas City we too base our business on strong family values which means it’s important to us to give you the best home furnishings for your hard-earned dollars. Furniture purchases can be an investment but with just a few simple steps you can extend the life of your investment without taking too much time away from the people and activities you love most. Sometimes the most simple methods are also the best…

How to Clean a Sectional

-by Isaac Age 4

  1. 1. Get the vacuum cleaner out of the closet
  2. 2. Stick the wide fuzzy piece on the end of the long tube-y piece
  3. 3. Have an adult help you plug the vacuum into the wall (Never play with electricity!)
  4. 4. Throw all the cushions on the floor
  5. 5. Turn the vacuum on and brush back and forth underneath the cushions (Always check for coins the adults might have lost or M&M’s your brothers may have dropped)
  6. 6. Be sure to get both sides of the cushion seats and backs and especially the arms
  7. 7. Don’t forget to put everything back the way you found it

The Best Way To Clean UpholsteryHow To Clean Upholstery

Why to Clean a Sectional

by Isaac Age 4

  1. 1. Gives you big muscles
  2. 2. You get to play with Power Tools
  3. 3. You may find extra cash to buy Lego’s or candy, SCORE!
  4. 4. Mom & Dad will like you best (Everyone thinks babies are so cute but can they do this?!)

So for your next family game night break out your vacuum. Because all upholstery needs a little maintenance. And a little love.

5 Reasons to Choose Power Reclining Furniture

Published On: May 24, 2016

5 Reasons to Choose Power Reclining Furniture

You’ve determined it’s time to purchase new Living Room Furniture. You now need to decide if stationary furniture or reclining furniture would be best for your space.  The answer to that lies in how you and your family use the room. If it is the room you spend most of your time in, watching TV, reading and relaxing, you may want to consider all that Reclining Furniture has to offer for this type of space. Once you’ve chosen Reclining as the right path for you, your final decision is: POWER or MANUAL? Keep reading to discover why Power Reclining, aka Relaxation at the Touch of a Button, is a great way to go.

REASON 1: MORE COMFORT POSITIONS

While we still love manual recliners and there will always be a place for them, Power Reclining Furniture is taking over the world, and for good reason. Because of a motorized reclining mechanism, operated with a button control, Power Reclining Furniture provides virtually limitless comfort positions. This allows you to customize your position to how you are feeling at any given moment. If you’ve had a hard day and want to put your feet up but still sit upright to catch up with your family, you can do it. If you’d prefer to lay back but still see the TV to binge watch your favorite series, no problem. If you wish to fully recline for your afternoon siesta, that’s ok too. Whatever position makes you comfortable for the task at hand, a Power Reclining piece can make it happen.

Development doesn’t sleep in the reclining world, check out the Velocity group by Southern Motion at Crowley Furniture for the latest Power Reclining feature: a Power Headrest! No more piling pillows behind your head to comfortably watch TV, read or work on your computer. GENIUS!
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REASON 2: THEY LAST LONGER

You read that right, Power Reclining pieces are lasting longer than their manual reclining counterparts! We sometimes hear customers say they aren’t interested in Power Reclining Furniture because “there’s more to go wrong” but the reality is that furniture reclined by a motor is easier on the chair frame and reclining mechanism than furniture reclined manually. So don’t rule it out, visit one of our four locations and discuss your concerns with one of our knowledgeable Sales Associates, they’ll help you pick what’s best for you.

REASON 3: EASIER TO OPERATE

Did we mention Relaxation at the Touch of a Button?! Handles and flip levers can be easy to use but the button controls of a Power Reclining piece are literally at your fingertips for the ultimate relaxation experience. And anyone recovering from an arm, shoulder or upper body injury or procedure will especially appreciate the ease of use with a Power Reclining piece.

 REASON 4: WALL HUGGING DESIGN

Most Power Reclining Furniture is designed to recline fully with only a few inches between its back and the wall. This allows you to get full use of your room without having to accommodate wasted space behind a recliner. And speaking of “recliners”, Power Reclining Furniture is not limited to “recliners”. Power Reclining features are also available in Sofas, Consoles, Loveseats and Sectionals.

What will you do with all that extra space?!!

 REASON 5: CURRENT STYLES THAT FIT YOUR PERSONALITY

Long gone are the days of coarse, drab, one-size-fits-all recliners. The Power Reclining Furniture of 2016 truly has something for everyone. Style options are almost endless covering the spectrum from sleek and modern to cozy and casual to classic and sophisticated. Choice of covers allows you to further personalize the look by selecting your favorite fabric or leather in hundreds of colors and textures.

But perhaps the greatest technological improvement from a Design perspective is the inconspicuous mechanics of a Power Reclining piece. The controls of today’s Power Reclining Furniture are discreet and stylish. While different manufacturers use different types of mechanisms, most are subtle and attractive and barely discernible. Your reclining fetish will be our little secret.

Whichever route you choose to go with your Living Room Furniture be sure to visit us in one of our locations throughout the Kansas City area. Our Sales Associates in Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park will help you discover all of your Power Reclining possibilities.

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