Furniture Safety: Choosing and Anchoring Your TV Stands

Published On: February 6, 2018

February Football & Furniture Safety

February is a month characterized by heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, giant teddy bears, conversation candy and expressions of undying love. And what do we love with our whole hearts? FOOTBALL! February is also time to watch the big game. Whether you tuned in to catch the play-by-play, the ads, or the half-time show, you probably were watching on the biggest screen in your home.

While your own personal jumbotron may be all you need on game day, there are, however, 364 other days of the year to consider. With this in mind, it’s important to take into account the space around the TV and how you and your family use this area. If you plan to incorporate a piece of furniture that your TV will sit on there are several factors to think about. The size of your TV is, of course, key. You want to be sure the TV Stand can not only handle the width of the TV but can safely support its weight as well. Visually, you also want to be sure the TV Stand is proportionate to the TV. The larger your TV the beefier you’ll want your TV Stand to be. The BF, or “Beefiness Factor”, can be amped up not only by actual size but also color (darker colors tend to be more visually weighty) and features (chunky hardware and heavy detailing also add visual weight).

Another aspect to determining the right TV Stand for your home is the style of the room. While the TV Stand doesn’t need to be from the same collection or come from the same type of wood or even have the same finish, it should coordinate with your existing furnishings, color scheme and decorating style. “Blending” pieces within a space is key to keeping your room cohesive. “Matching” pieces is not important and, in fact, your room will be much more interesting if you mix it up! Click here to see Crowley Furniture’s diverse TV Stand collections.

While a TV Stand will help to make your TV area more engaging, it isn’t just a pretty face. TV Stands play an important function within a room. They also have the role of organizer, clutter concealer, cord hider, and technology keeper. Ask yourself what features would best match your use of this space. Do you want open shelves for books? Hidden storage for DVD’s and remotes? Glass doors for display? A few minutes of planning before you shop will help you get the piece that best suits you and your family.

Options are vast and varied when it comes to furniture that can accompany your TV. From a simple Console Table to a multi-purpose Media Stand to the big Daddy of them all, an entire Wall Unit, one thing remains constant: YOU MUST ANCHOR IT! To learn what this means, watch this important message about furniture safety from Greg Crowley and Brett Horn.

When bringing new wood furniture into your home, most will come with hardware provided by the manufacturer that allows you to anchor that piece to a wall. Look for these either stapled to the back or, if applicable, inside a drawer. If you have older furniture, complimentary Furniture Strap Kits are available at all three Crowley Furniture stores located in Liberty, Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. They are easy to install and only take a few moments of your time. Please take these few moments, they may prevent an accident or injury.

It may be cold and dreary outside but there are still plenty of reasons to love the second month of the year. We hope your TV is surrounded by the people and things you love all month long.

Decorate with Dog Safety in Mind

Published On: December 18, 2017

The holiday season is finally here! Besides all the presents, parties, and fun times with the family, it’s time to decorate your house. No matter which holiday you and your family celebrate, you’re sure to have festive decor you’ve been waiting to pull out of the closet. However, consider dog safety before unleashing potentially hazardous items in your home.

Some holiday decorations aren’t the safest for dogs. Not only will some be easily destroyed, but others could be highly toxic for your pup. Thankfully, we’ve got some great suggestions to help you decorate safely while keeping your pooch in mind.

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Be careful with these decorations

Traditions dominate the holidays. Whether they can be traced back for centuries or just something your family has always done, these traditions can prove risky for your dog.

The Daily Treat explains that lights can be a big problem for dogs. If your pet likes to chew on things, the cord for a set of colorful lights can offer quite the invitation. That’s clearly a danger, plus a frayed electrical cord could easily start a fire. Other traditional decorations to watch for are tinsel and ornaments hanging low enough for a dog to reach. If accidentally swallowed,  these can lead to intestinal blockages and a trip to the ER.

If you enjoy lighting candles as part of your holiday decorations, be mindful of your four-legged friend. Keep anything with a flame up out of reach or on stable furniture or shelves that can’t be toppled. Alternatively, consider flameless candles to help achieve the holiday ambience you’re looking for without the safety hassles.

What about a tree?

For families who include a tree among their holiday decorations, it’s important to be mindful of your canine companion. As Hartz explains, fallen pine needles are easily eaten by dogs but can’t be digested. This can cause your pet to vomit or even need surgery to clear an obstructed intestine. In addition, the water in the tree stand can even poison your dog.

Artificial trees can also be hazards. If small parts break off, these can be chewed and swallowed, also creating intestinal issues. If you want a tree for the holidays, be watchful of your dog, especially if she’s extra curious.

Remember too that some plants like mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to animals, so make sure they are placed in the middle of a table or on a high shelf for optimal dog safety.

Protect Your Dog This Holiday

For you and your pup, the holidays should be a time of fun and relaxation. Make sure you have both this season when it comes time to decorate. Be careful about wires and candles, put delicate items up high and consider keeping your pet away from the holiday tree. Follow these dog safety tips to have a worry-free holiday! 

Written by Guest Blogger Aimee Lyons

Top 10 Reasons to Shop at Crowley Furniture on Black Friday

Published On: November 21, 2017

Crowley Furniture is dedicated to giving you the best deals in a stress-free environment.  Black Friday is fast approaching. Have you planned your store strategy? Loaded addresses into your Map App? Done recon on the best parking lot and spot? Packed your water and protein snacks? Broken in your fastest running shoes? Set out your hard hat and safety goggles?

So maybe shopping on Black Friday isn’t as bad as that and safety gear isn’t required but, if the frazzled crowd/pushy- shovey/in-it-to-win-it-at-all-costs shopping scene isn’t your thing then Crowley Furniture is the perfect place for you to be on Black Friday!

There are so many reasons that Crowley Furniture is the place to shop for furniture, not just on Black Friday but every day: knowledgeable Sales Associates, exceptional furniture and mattress selections, great prices, convenient local stores, just to name a few. But particularly on Black Friday, we really stand out from the crazy crowds.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Shop at Crowley Furniture on Black Friday:     

woman holding cup of coffee 10. While you browse through the store, sip and enjoy the man with drink Egg Nog Latte you purchased on the way over, risk-free!; your beverage treat won’t get knocked out of your hand and spilled down your tie in a mad rush of shoppers






9. The only reason to wear pregnant woman your comfy yoga pants is that you racing overindulged the day before; not because you’ll need to do pre-shopping warm-up stretching and a sprint to your items of interest






woman stretching 8. Sleep in and wake up naturally; woman yawning versus having your alarm go off before you’ve even gone to bed  







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7. Enjoy the melodious sounds of peaceful, pleasant music; not the maniacal thuds bulls running of stomping feet and raised, irritated voices







woman sleeping 6.  Sleep in the warmth of your comfy home and cozy bed; not in a sleeping bag on the street wishing on a star there’s not long line more than 999 people in line ahead of you







peaceful baby 5. Maintain your optimism that the human race is ultimately people shoving good and kind 










horse drawn carriage 4. Shop local and support a small business that camel in dubai will keep your money within the community, not send it halfway around the globe







3. No worries about making an impulse purchase-you’ll have time to think and you’ll be able to hear yourself think so you’ll get exactly what you want; there will be no shoving crowds pressure to “grab ‘n go”









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2. Friendly, smiling Sales Associates will assist you with your questions and purchases, shopping will be fun!; you won’t be forced to deal with angry, bitter checkers glaring at you for making them wicked witch get up at an inhumane hour so they can be there to scan your frazzled, hurried purchase that you’re probably only buying because you don’t want to feel you went through all this for nothing






1. A multitude of convenient parking spots within sight of the store and its front doors, walk in at your preferred leisurely pace, even sit in the car until your lot of cars favorite song finishes, you’ll still get what you came to buy; you won’t be forced into a shuttleless overflow lot with a hike so far you’ll have painful blisters before your day even begins





And if all those reasons aren’t enough to convince you to visit Crowley Furniture on Black Friday, how about the BIGGEST DEAL OF THE YEAR: Our TAX AMOUNT DISCOUNT event is on, that means BIG SAVINGS for you.

See you then. Namaste.

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A Conversation Sofa: What’s the point?

Published On: August 2, 2017

Have you ever had a conversation about a Conversation Sofa? While one-sided, let’s have it now and break down the details of a unique and often over-looked piece of furniture.

What Is It?

A Conversation Sofa is a stationary Sofa where the arm end seating sections slightly curve or angle inward, forming sort of the letter “C”. This mild curve adds an interesting twist to a room and, as the name says, makes it easier for those seated onLucas/Braden - Conversation Sofa - 5966-323 the Conversation Sofa to connect through conversation since they are slightly facing each other. To compare, it’s easier to have a conversation at a round table than it is at a rectangular table. Don’t you think?

Space Planning

When shopping for a Conversation Sofa, or any new piece of furniture, you’ll want to consider the size, shape and style of your room. A Conversation Sofa will take up more space in a room than a straight Sofa would from the same collection. You’ll want to be sure you have ample space in your room to fit the Conversation Sofa, not only from a size perspective but also from a visual perspective. The uniqueness of a Conversation Sofa is perfect for a room with an open layout where you can appreciate its curves from several angles. If your room is designed so that your Sofa is floating in the room (rather than being placed against a wall) this also is a great setting to put a Conversation Sofa, again allowing you to admire it from multiple viewpoints.

The styling of a Conversation Sofa lends itself to a room that is used primarily for in-person socializing, versus a room designated for comfy TV viewing. Formal Living Rooms, Home Offices and Breakfast Rooms are ideal locations to show off the personality of a Conversation Sofa. While many Conversation Sofas tend to skew towards Traditional décor, they could also look amazing in a fun or even funky modern space. Can you picture it?

Measure Twice, Buy Once

Measuring for a Conversation Sofa can be a bit tricky since there is a special language associated with the piece. When a Width dimension is given for a Conversation Sofa it will almost always be “Overall Width” and is measured straight across the sofa from the outermost tip on one side to the outermost tip on the other side. This measurement does not follow the curved or angled outline of the Conversation Sofa but rather the amount of wall and floor space it will take up (side to side). Similarly, the Depth dimension is “Overall Depth” and is measured as though cutting the Conversation Sofa straight in half through its center, starting from the back of the center cushion out to the outermost tip of the arms. This will determine how much floor space the Conversation Sofa will require (front to back). It does not refer to the actual seating depth of each seat, each seat cushion will be a standard depth (for that frame).

Because of its curves, a Conversation Sofa may be more difficult to move into your home than a regular Sofa. Doorways often need to be a minimum of 36” wide and hallway turns are sometimes not navigable. Careful planning and measuring is key when considering a Conversation Sofa. You’ll love it a whole lot more inside your home than sitting in your driveway so be 100% sure it will fit. When determining the fit, don’t forget to consider the scale of the room, does it “fit” with the actual proportions of, not only the room, but also the other furnishings that will share the room. Do you think about scale when purchasing home furnishings?

Help Has Arrived

Since it’s so important to carefully measure the space where you plan to place the Conversation Sofa, as well as the route leading to that space within your home, let our Interior Designers help you be sure this style is right for your style, your family and your space. After an in-home visit they’ll create a space plan of your Flexsteel 5979-323room and show the placement of the pieces you are considering. Not only will they share their expertise with you on room layout, they’ll also help you make inspired decisions on fabrics and other design details. What do you think of that?! To schedule an appointment call 816-781-8002 or email through our website.

2017 Color Trends

Published On: May 25, 2017

If you’re on the lookout for the hottest color trends in the home fashion industry be sure to make room for the exciting shade of “Greenery”. “Greenery”, the 2017 Color of the Year declared by trend forecasters at the Pantone Color Institute, is symbolic of fresh starts and new beginnings and will infuse your home with a breath of fresh air.

Pantone, the global authority on color, describes their 2017 selection as: “…a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”


How to use Greenery

A quirky furniture design paired with an interesting fabric cover can have a fun effect on your space that you never suspected.


You may be thinking that Greenery is a bit bright and bold for a larger piece of furniture such as a sofa and we wouldn’t necessarily disagree. While it could surprise you by becoming a beautiful backdrop for other colors, patterns and textures, splashes of it in smaller doses may be just the refreshing makeover your room needs and more in your comfort zone. Using it on throw pillows, accent chairs and cocktail ottomans will infuse your room with a nature-inspired cheerfulness. Pair it with a piece of furniture with a quirky design and it will add a fun dose of whimsy as well.

Defined by Pantone as “Nature’s Neutral”, you may be surprised at how versatile “Greenery” actually can be. There are no limits to its flexibility as either a background piece or a statement piece. Pantone has suggested pairings for “Greenery” that may inspire you to add designer twists and turns to that special room in your home. Whether looking for paint or fabric combinations, consider these sophisticated palette ideas and the emotions they invoke:


A new spin on the comforting neutrality of an earth-tone color scheme.


Feisty floral patterns and tones are kept in check with more subdued complements.


Cool, calm and serene are the effects of these color pairings.


This refined combination of colors twists the visual properties of metals into a chic, modern interior space.


Take your senses for a walk through a pine forest when you enter a space decorated with these peaceful hues.


Gorgeous sunset and sculpted rock tones surround you with this “new southwest” color scheme.



While “Greenery” is a hot trend right now, it may not be for everyone. And that’s OK. Your home is your sanctuary and should reflect the things you love, not just what’s popular at the moment. Here are some mixed reactions from HGTV experts:



While Pantone is the leading color authority, there are others in the field of color trends that have issued their picks for 2017. Here’s what some others are predicting will be hot this year:

Sherwin-Williams’ pick for their 2017 Color of the Year is Poised Taupe. Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”




Benjamin Moore predicts Shadow will be a 2017 hit. “It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.” —Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director






PPG Paints has selected Violet Verbena for 2017. “Violet Verbena is at once as nostalgic as it is modern. It’s substantial in a world that can sometimes seem so temporary, [as well as] luxurious in a harsh world that needs pampering, and introspective and private in an invasive world,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager at PPG. – Click here to read more about Violet Verbena.







Moral of this Blog: don’t be afraid of color! Color is a friend we sometimes have to get to know a little better to truly understand and appreciate. But once you get closer, you’ll discover you can’t live without it.  So if you need help taking that first step, or if you want to go in a wildly different direction than you ever have before, our team of Interior Designers can help. Their education and experience are key to a successful color journey.


So… is “Greenery” the new black?

You decide!

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.


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.

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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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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…


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.


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.


 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.



 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.


 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.


 ·       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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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”.


 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. 


 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!


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