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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

How To Shop For Mattresses

Published On: February 15, 2017

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

THE FIRST STEP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

SELECT A FOUNDATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPLETE YOUR MATTRESS PURCHASE

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

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

IS YOUR NEW MATTRESS SET COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR BEDROOM FURNITURE?

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

MATTRESS SHOPPING TIPS FROM GREG

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

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

AND WHAT ABOUT…???

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

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

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

 

3 Living Room Ideas to Create a Designer Look

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATTENTION TO DETAILS:

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

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

A few good guidelines to avoid overcrowding:

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

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

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

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

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

How To Clean Your Upholstery

Published On: June 13, 2016

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

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

How to Clean a Sectional

-by Isaac Age 4

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

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Why to Clean a Sectional

by Isaac Age 4

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

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