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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.

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.

Which TV Lift Cabinet will work best with my décor?

One of the questions we get from our customers is, “which TV Lift Cabinet will work best for my décor?” Let’s take a look at some of the most common design themes and we’ll share some ideas for choosing just the right unit.

Rustic/Farmhouse

When you are inspired by the outdoors and love the simplicity of farmhouse styling, choose rustic pieces that have natural or weathered finishes. If this is your décor, you’ll typically have a mix of statement furnishings, like a striking leather sofa, natural wood dining set, rocking chairs, etc. The best TVLiftCabinet units for this style would be Carousel (Unfinished) and Adagio. Both cabinets offer finishes and design touches that complement the rustic/farmhouse design theme. Plus, they both offer significant storage for all the things that accompany today’s smart homes.

 

Minimalism

This décor theme is becoming more popular and people become empty nesters and/or decide that less is more when it comes to furnishing their homes. Think simplicity and clean when choosing furnishings for this style. The idea is to keep it to the bare essentials, but to select pieces that make statements in a room. It’s also important to choose items that have dual purposes. Smart design means making sure you have the comforts of a modern home, while also having a clean, spare space. The best units for this décor would be Azura and Crystal Pointe. Both units offer functionality (storage and easy placement), while fitting in perfectly with the clean lines and styles that are popular for those who prefer a minimalist look.

Contemporary Style

This style means many different things to many different people. It basically means that you have your own unique style and enjoy many of the fashions and decors that are currently featured in many home design publications. People who prefer this design theme typical look for a more modern approach rather than a throwback era. Think cozy comfort and high-end appliances. Dual-purpose furnishings that support today’s smart home technology, while looking great while entertaining. The best unit for a more contemporary design would be Sanctuary, but any of the furnishings could work because there are many different colors and wood finishes to choose. All units offer great storage options and the opportunity to create a focal point in your room.

 

Urban/Modern

Urban modern design is perfect for people who choose to live in the midst of downtown action. Think high-end design, modern and industrial styles when selecting décor for living large among the populace. Most of these homes are condos and apartments, where space is at a premium, but every inch must be chic and modern.  If space is tight, some people prefer something like a TVMirror that serves a dual purpose as a smart flatscreen television when in use – and a beautiful mirror when it’s off.  If this is your style of choice, there are also many units that are finished on all sides, so you can place them as room dividers or virtually any place in a space to maximize function and design. A couple of options might be Azura or Prism. In addition to being finished on all four sides, both offer 360-degree swivels for the ultimate in viewability.

Asian Zen

Whether you prefer a feng-shui approach to your décor or a minimal Asian zen look and feel, there are many characteristics that define this type of style. The first step in this type of décor is to declutter – everything in your home most have a purpose.  You can read the other essential elements in creating a feng-shui home here. The TVLiftCabinet units that work best with Asian styling include Clubside and Sanctuary. The sleek lines and beautiful finish options make these units the perfect fits for this type of décor.

Still stumped on which unit to choose?

All you have to do is give our customer service line a call at 877-377-5435. We’ll be happy to help you choose just the right style for your home.

Where to Put the TV When You Have Windows and no Wall Space?

It can be a challenge to find the right spot for the television in today’s open-plan homes, condos and rooms, many with floor-to-ceiling windows. Sometimes it means you are covering up a beautiful view. You may have to place the TV against a wall, far from seating in the room, just to be near an electrical power source. For many, it’s a challenge.

Luckily, Pinterest has many ideas to help you place your television in a room with very little wall space and lots of windows. If you look a bit closer, you’ll see that several of the options include TV Lift Cabinets, allowing you to view entertainment on demand, and safely store your TV when it’s not in use. You are able to enjoy both the view and your flatscreen television at the same time.

Some people simply get away from any walls or windows and place the TV in the middle of the room, providing a divider for the room space. Again, many people choose a TV Lift Cabinet that is finished on all four sides, to help them achieve the desired impact in a room. Since all cabinets have multiple storage options, it’s easy to place all electronic components inside the cabinet so all cables and cords are contained. One tip might be to consider a floor-mounted electrical outlet, right under the cabinet. You can easily create an access panel in the bottom of the cabinet to easily access the power source.

So, it is possible to enjoy an open living space with lots of natural light and still enjoy all your entertainment options at the same time.

Best TV Lift Cabinets

We enjoy many conversations with our customers. One of the most frequent questions we get is: Which cabinets do people love the most? While we have many wonderful cabinets and finishes available, three styles consistently rise to the top: Adagio, Clubside and Azura. Let’s take a look at why they rise to the top year after year.

The Adagio TV Lift Cabinet is simple-chic at its best – matching one of the most popular furnishing trends out there right now. It’s the perfect mix of durable construction and elegant design to remain current now – and into the future. The Adagio style features solid brass and hand-stamped hardware that bring out the wood grain. It is finished on all four sides, so you can place it anywhere in a room and it will be just perfect, every time. Plus it has great storage options.

The next most popular style is Clubside. Made in the USA, the Clubside TV Lift Cabinet combines function, flair, and amazing attention to detail. This lift cabinet reflects two distinct personalities, depending on whether you select a white, espresso or grey finish. Whichever finish you select, Clubside sets a clean-cut, urban vibe to your home. The Clubside features two functional doors that conceal two hidden electronics bays. The opposite side features simulated doors with the same extra-large brushed nickel hardware and wire access through the base of the cabinet. Like all TV Lift Cabinets, it also has wonderful storage space to help you hide all the electronic gadgets that seem to multiply every year.

Another popular style is Azura. With a 360-degree electric swivel TV Lift, this unit means your guests always have just the right view wherever they are in the room. Its clean design shows off the distinctive beauty of American hard maple. The cabinet is fitted with a heavy-duty electric swivel lift that can be operated via the supplied remote or by using the manual controls hidden inside the cabinet. You can also control the lift via an Ethernet port so you can connect third-party controls, like Alexa. The Azura TV Lift Console also has the option of being placed at the foot of the bed, against the wall, and free standing because it’s finished identically on all 4 sides.

We invite you to check out these three styles – and all the other beautiful units at www.tvliftcabinet.com. Or give us a call at 877-377-5435 and you can talk with one of our expert stylists.

 
 
 
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