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Moving into retirement? Here are some must-haves for the savvy senior.

Moving into retirement? Here are some must-haves for the savvy senior.

10,000 people turn 65 every day, according to a study by Deutsche Bank in late 2018. Some people have their retirement carefully planned out and know exactly where and how they plan to live out their golden years. I’m currently in the planning stages myself – just a few years to go until I hang up my writing tools. So, I know firsthand that the checklist to get to retirements seems to get longer every day. 

Here are a few things my friends have shared with me when they retired and it’s helping me stay organized has these years fly by quickly. 

  1. Take some time now to start going through clutter. You know what I’m talking about. The clutter that accumulates in your closets, your basements, plastic bins, etc. If you wait until you move into a smaller home, it will seem overwhelming. I sort mine into four piles: Toss (no use left in the item); Donate (someone could use the item); Sell (items with some value that could add extra revenue to your retirement account); or Keep (items to precious to part with – but keep it to a minimum). I spend two hours each week going through old boxes and bins, a little at a time. 
  2. When going through your home, don’t assume your children will want your home furnishings, jewelry or collections. Ask them if there’s anything they might need, but most millenials prefer a more minimal, personal lifestyle, so don’t be offended when they say no. Then, revisit item 1 with a fresh perspective.
  3. Narrow down your wish list for retirement locations based on your expected income and desired quality of life. Some of my friends who recently retired moved from three and four-bedroom homes to two-bedroom condos, with plans to do a bit more traveling. So they sold most of their home furnishings, except for the items that would be useful down the road. When keeping a home furnishing, ask yourself two questions: Do I love it? Will it still be stylish and practical where I plan to move? For instance, one friend purchased a TV Lift Cabinet a few years ago. She loves it because she doesn’t like a large television becoming a focal point in her living room. Most of the time, the television is hidden inside the beautiful cabinet (which also provides a ton of storage). Those are all things that won’t change no matter where she spends her retirement, so that’s a keeper.
  4. Talk with your financial advisor about your plans to ensure you’re prepared for all possible scenarios. There’s still time to make some adjustments and it’s better to know where you stand, then get caught off guard down the road.
  5. Enjoy this time of your life. It’s a little scary, but it’s also an opportunity to trace the journey you took to get you where you are today. Be sure to take time to enjoy family and friends whenever you have the opportunity to do so.

So – start making your own retirement checklist. If you’re a savvy senior, you too could be ready to hit the road when that day arrives.

What Should you Expect When you Purchase a TV Lift Cabinet?

Some people worry that purchasing home furnishings on the Internet can be a little scary because they’ve had bad experiences in the past. Let us set your mind at ease. When you purchase a TV Lift Cabinet, there are many safeguards in place to make sure you get exactly what you order – and have a beautiful new cabinet for your home.

First – we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. will refund 100% of your purchase amount should you be dissatisfied with any stock item. Simply email within 7 days from the date of delivery for a return authorization and return the item to our warehouse in brand new, unused condition, freight pre-paid & insured within 21 days of delivery.

Second – we have more than 250,000 satisfied customers who enjoy our home furnishings every day in their homes. Some of these people are repeat buyers, who loved their unit so much, they purchased a second one for another room in their homes – or a second residences. 

Third – you will receive our White Glove treatment. From our craftsman’s workbench to your living room, your television cabinet is in good hands. All of our furniture includes FREE SHIPPING (lower 48 states) and room of choice placement. All deliveries are scheduled for your convenience. 

Finally, you should expect expert customer service from our representatives through every step of the process. Every individual who works here knows that the first priority is to help our customers and they will help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

So – put your mind at ease. If you’re browsing our selection of beautiful and functional TV Lift Cabinets, you’re just a few clicks or a phone call away from making your dream come true.

How Does a TV Lift Swivel?

One of the questions we get from customers is:
“Just how does the TV Lift Swivel Work?”

That’s a great question. It’s really very simple. We have a variety of sizes to electrically lift and rotate your TV. If you have a 50” flatscreen (or smaller), you’ll need a 33” swivel mechanism. If you have a 55” or smaller TV, you’ll need a 35” swivel mechanism. You get the drift, the larger the TV, the more height you need for the swivel mechanism. You can see more options here.

One of the nice things about a TV Lift Cabinet is the built-in wire retainer system that includes two onboard HDMI ports and two onboard HDMI cables. This makes sure your cables won’t get tangled while rotating.

If you want to see exactly how it works, here’s a short YouTube video below that demonstrates one of our beautiful cabinets that features 360-degree swivel action.

Like all our lift mechanisms, the swivels are ultra quiet with a high-performance, self-lubricating (polymer) gears to reduce friction and allow for smooth quiet movement. Every lift mechanism comes fully assembled with built-in surge and thermal overload protection.Plus, all TV Lift Cabinet uplift motorized TV lift series, including the swivel, are tested and recognized by Certified Laboratories for over 17 years of wear. So, if you’re looking for a cabinet that swivels – or you just want the mechanism to do it yourself – be sure to check out TV Lift Cabinet today.

What does a four-sided TV Cabinet look like in a space?

TV Cabinets that are finished on all four sides provide you with the ultimate décor options for any space in your home. Whether you have a small, cozy bedroom and want a television at the foot of your bed, or an open living space, where you need the illusion of room dividers, four-sided cabinets might be just the ticket for your home.

TV Lift Cabinet has some wonderful options for you to consider if you’re looking for a beautiful addition to your home that will provide you with the ultimate entertainment space, no matter how large or small a space might be.

The Adagio model is one of our most popular cabinets. Fashioned from solid hardwood in the USA and finished in your choice of three beautiful finishes with hand-applied stains and paints, this cabinet is both durable enough in construction to stand the test of time, and elegant enough in design to remain for many years.

Another four-sided cabinet is Azura, which also features a 360-degree swivel (no matter where you are in a space, you can always adjust your television for just the right view every time. Azura takes a versatile approach to TV storage. It has a clean design that shows off the distinctive beauty of American hard maple. You have many different finishes to choose from with Azura. Plus you have plenty of storage for all the gadgets that go along with today’s entertainment systems.

If you’re seeking a tech-savvy cabinet for your home, consider a Carousel unit. With a rich-grained maple hardwood adding natural feature and flair to your piece, Carousel will blow your neighbors away. Carousel’s sleek design has framed panels that add a touch of elegance and class and will look stunning with any wainscoting design in your home. And, hidden castors mean you can swivel in any direction while the four-sides framing mean that this cabinet can be placed anywhere in the room.

Still looking for more options in a cabinet that is finished on all four sides? TV Lift Cabinet has many more design options and finishes for you to consider. The possibilities are endless.

How Much TV is Too Much for a Room?

Believe it or not, it is possible to buy a TV that’s just too large for a space. While some may believe that bigger is always better, most people understand that there are limits.

How much TV is too much for a room?

There is a direct correlation between your screen size and how far away your seating is located. Some entertainment experts say that a viewing angle of 40 degrees creates the best viewing experience. An easy way to determine the screen size is to multiply the seating distance by .84 to get the recommended screen size.

So, if you sit around 8 feet from your TV, your screen size would be around 80 inches diagonal for that distance. That translates to approximately a 50-inch TV. An online consumer site, CNET, recommended no closer than 1.5 times the screen diagonal (or .667 times your seating distance), which allows for a larger screen.

In addition to distance from the screen, the experts also looked at resolution and how much space the TV takes up in the room. If you’re sitting too close to a large TV, you may start seeing pixels. Some of the larger TVs were created to enhance the viewing experience from a distance. If you have smaller rooms, you may need to review some smaller TV screen options.

Most people don’t want to have a gigantic television become the primary focal point in a space. While they enjoy the viewing options of a large, high resolution, flat screen TV, they really don’t want that to be what people remember about a space. One option for them is to consider a TV Lift Cabinet that hides the television from view when not in use, and all people see is a beautiful hand-crafted cabinet when they enter a space. The television is accessible at the touch of a button. The company has cabinets that hold virtually any size television.

The options are endless. Ultimately it’s up to each homeowner to decide what’s more important in a space – and how they live their lives.

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