Dining Room

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.

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.

 

MIXED REVIEWS

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:

http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/design/introducing-the-2017-pantone-color-of-the-year-greenery

 

OTHER COLOR TRENDS FOR 2017

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.

 

 

 

 

 

BE FEARLESS

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!

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…

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!

What to look for in a Dining Table

Published On: April 13, 2016

At Crowley Furniture in Kansas City, we know a thing or two about Dining Rooms. From timeless heirlooms to the latest design concepts, we offer a wide selection of Dining Tables and Chairs from today’s top manufacturers. How to find the one that’s right for you? Here are our top tips when selecting new dining furniture:

How Will You Use Your Dining Room?

The first step of any successful shopping experience starts with a little Q&A and Dining Rooms are no exception. What size is your space? Do you have large family gatherings and need leaf options? Do you want a comfortably contoured chair for post-dinner dessert and games? Do you have children and need a surface that is homework-friendly? These are just a few of the situations our Sales Associates take into consideration when helping you choose the right Dining Set.

Opposites Attract

The days of Dining Rooms consisting of perfectly matched tables, chairs, china hutches and buffets are gone. Instead they are being replaced with blended styles, fabrics and finishes for a room that offers a more welcoming, relaxed, lived-in look. Even with a traditionally styled Dining Room it’s easy to blend collections while maintaining a stately cohesiveness.

Cozy Spaces Have Options Too!

If your kitchen or dining room is small, a drop leaf table offers compact versatility and is a great way to use space effectively. If you have room for a rectangular table but want to maximize seating consider replacing chairs with bench seating.

 The Matter of Materials

The choices of table and seating materials for your Dining Room are numerous and allow you to choose the best material for your personality, style and needs. At Crowley Furniture we stock many sizes and shapes of Dining Tables offering a variety of finish and seating options. Consider a table from one collection and seating from a coordinating collection. Or shop our Custom Dining options featuring choices of wood type and finish along with fun material options such as copper and aluminium.

Statement Accessories

Once you get the big pieces in your space, don’t forget the accessories! From table-top to wall décor to area rugs, the perfect accessories will add your personalization stamp and are key to a truly finished space.

Choosing the right dining room furniture for your family

Published On: December 31, 2014

With the 2014 holiday season coming to an end, it is time to consider if your dining room space was ideal for your family gatherings or if it could use some updating. Were your guests able to sit down and get up easily? Was there enough room for people to walk behind a seated guest? Was the table the right shape and size for your guests and space or were you strategically adding card tables and folding chairs disguised by table cloths and chair covers? If you can relate to any of the above issues in your dining room, it is time to visit Crowley Furniture and update your space.

 

The dining room is a place for friends and family to gather comfortably over a meal and catch up, telling stories and jokes and enjoying each other. When choosing your table you need to consider having a balance between form and function. Is this a more casual space for everyday use? If so, a more durable piece is needed so it can be used for homework, crafts, food preparation, office space as well as family meals. If the space is more formal and only used on special occasions, a more ornate style can be chosen. In either case, you want to choose a table that fits your décor and will withstand the test of time.

 

There are 4 dining room table shapes to choose from: round, oval, square and rectangle. Round and oval tables are better for small, intimate spaces and can provide more leg room if they have a pedestal in the center instead of legs. Square tables tend to work better in square spaces with rectangular tables being the most versatile in most spaces. Most rectangular tables come with leaves enabling the user to extend the length of the table for bigger dinner parties.

 

When choosing your table, it is wise to have the measurements of your space and the other furniture that occupies it so you can find the right table size. Include table leaves in your calculations and make sure to leave a 42-48 inch table-to-wall clearance to allow diners to sit and rise easily. This will also leave a path for the hostess to walk behind his or her guests. Each person should have 24 inches of eating space so there is no overcrowding or bumping of elbows. When choosing the number of chairs to put at your table, it is always a good idea to check the manufacturers recommendations. Hopefully these tips will enable you to update your space and have a much more comfortable, functional dining room for your next gathering.