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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

DIYDarlin.com alyons@diydarlin.com

Tips for Moving Furniture

Published On: December 14, 2015

Whether you are moving or rearranging, moving heavy furniture is a tough job. Using some simple techniques to move heavy, awkward items can save your back, house and furniture from injury and damage.

Carry Tall Items at an Angle and on End

A tall dresser, cabinet or shelving unit is hard to handle. This needs to be a job for two people. Tip the item backward at an angle while one person carries the top and the other person carries the bottom. The weight is centered and keeps the item from swinging.  If it’s taller than the door opening, start the top away from the door to gain room for clearance.

Moving Accessories

There are several accessories that can help you move large pieces of furniture with ease. Moving and lifting straps take the weight off your back and leave your hands free to maneuver awkward items. Be sure to adjust the strap so it’s suited for your height. Furniture slides are also available in many shapes and sizes or you can make your own from bedspreads, blankets, towels or carpet remnants. These sliders can help you move heavy furniture pieces by simply sliding them across the floor. Hard plastic sliders are preferable for carpeting. Ramps are also helpful and can be made from lumber, scaffold planks or blocks.

Crowley Furniture is your local and trusted furniture company for over 60 years and committed to providing quality discount furniture Kansas City homeowners trust. Our knowledgeable team boasts over 150 years of furniture experience and expertise. Contact us today to talk to an expert.

Colder Weather a Reminder of Space Heater Safety

Published On: November 23, 2015

Kansas City winters can get quite cold. Many people use space heaters for warmth. Space heaters are convenient, but must be managed carefully to avoid fires and accidents. Crowley Furniture wants you to be safe this winter and take great care when operating space heaters in your home.

Inspection

When getting out your heater from last winter, be sure to check it first and make sure there is no damage to the cord or plug. Be sure the plug fits securely into the wall outlet, if not, do not use. Never use a power cord or power strip.

Placement

Make sure you place your space heater on a stable and level surface and in a spot where it will not be knocked over. Keep any flammable and combustible materials at least 3 feet away. These include beds, sofas, curtains, papers, clothes and water. Never run the cord under carpeting or rugs. This can damage the cord, which can lead to sparks and fires.

Remember

Do not run your space heater while you sleep and never touch a space heater when you are wet! Keep a close eye on your space heater while running and make sure it doesn’t get too hot.

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