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Where to Put the TV When You Have a Fireplace?

Mounting a TV over the fireplace is very popular in the United States, but it’s not always in the best interest of the electronics. Let’s face it, heat plus electronics is usually a bad idea. Most electronics are adverse to heat – and smoke is often worse (two elements usually found near fireplaces). The same film you find on your inside windows after burning wood in a fireplace also ends up inside any electronics nearby. You may not be able to see it, but it’s there because you can smell it. And as they build up, they can wreak havoc on the sensitive elements inside your flatscreen television.

Most electronic devices simply operate best and most reliably at lower temperatures. Beyond that, excessive heat can cause temperature-sensitive materials to degrade quickly, and conductive materials can even sprout little metal whiskers, causing shorts within the TVs circuitry.

Another concern we hear is that a TV positioned over a fireplace is at an uncomfortable viewing angle. Many TVs mounted over the fireplace will be above eye level when people are seated. Craning your neck into an unnatural position for an extended period of time is going to cause temporary discomfort, but doing so for even short periods of time, day after day, can have lasting effects, like chronic headaches.

One way to protect your TV and still enjoy your fireplace is to consider a TV Lift Cabinet. Many units are finished on all four sides, so you can place them anywhere in a room with a fireplace. Some people use the cabinets as room dividers; others place the units in the corner of a room. The televisions are protected from heat sources and always at the perfect height for people to view entertainment. And, when the televisions aren’t in use, they are safely stored within the cabinet to keep all the electronics safe from particulate sources.

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.

Is Your Man Cave Ready For The 2019 Season?

Late last year Shutterfly came out with 40 Man Cave Ideas and Décor to update your favorite space to catch all the big events.  We thought we’d share some of the ideas and help you spruce up your man cave for all the games and events that will happen throughout 2019 and beyond.

  • Do you have a wooden pallet bar? If not, it adds the perfect touch to a man cave and is easy to put together. No frills, just wooden pallets you can get anywhere. Lots of DIY places to show you how.
  • How about getting a football, basketball or baseball field rug? You can get them online and change your space to match the season.
  • Thought about barnwood shelves? Rustic and sturdy, these shelves are the perfect addition to your man cave, providing the storage you need and the frills you don’t want. Inexpensive and easy to put together.
  • Old beer and hard liquor signage adds character. Visit some local antique stores (or your local liquor store) and look for beverage signs to jazz up your space. Most are inexpensive and easy to find.
  • You’ll find more ideas here.

One thing they forgot to add to make help you make your man cave ready for the New Year is where to place your flat screen television. TVLiftCabinet has a wonderful selection of cabinets that work perfectly in any space and protect your investment from harm. It has great storage spaces for all your electronics and with 360-degree swivels, you can watch it from anywhere in the room.

So have fun making your man cave the perfect place to be for every event in 2019. Cheers!

 

Is Your Home New-Home-Buyer-Ready?

As the earth takes another trip around the sun in 2019, there are a few things that are certain. Life changes (graduation, marriage, babies and aging populations) will happen. And each time they do, people make live-changing decisions, including one of the biggest changes – moving into a new home.

While the pundits are all over the map on what the market will be like in 2019 due to new tax changes and interest rates, if you’re selling your home this year, it’s critical to make your home stand out from the crowd.

Here are a few things to help you get started.

1)   Remember the “Ds” – depersonalize and declutter.  If you’ve adopted the Condo method of decluttering, you’re well on your way to a cleaner home. But, if you’re like most people, you have personal items scattered throughout your home. You want people to be able to imagine themselves in this space, so it’s time to put away all the family photos, knick-knacks and items that are taking up valuable real estate. If you have a TV Lift Cabinet, it’s easy to stash all the electronic gadgets and games (along with your flat screen television). Check it out if you don’t have one.  It’s the perfect way to have all your entertainment items in one place – accessible when you want them – and when you don’t want anything out in the open.

2)   Consider renting a storage unit while your house is on the market. Less is more when you’re trying to sell your home. In addition to remembering the “Ds” – remove all unnecessary furnishings, rarely used kitchen gadgets, totes full of clothes, etc. If people see lots of piles and totes, they’ll think there isn’t enough storage for their things and move to the next house on their list.

3)   Clean out your closets and pantry. People will open doors and cabinets. Stashing items in closets isn’t an option when people are walking through your home. They will look in every nook and cranny. If you don’t need something, get rid of it or put it in storage.

4)   Make your house shine. Wash those windows. Vacuum or wash the floors. Dust every item that needs dusting. Place fresh flowers around your home. Bake some cookies. Every little thing matters when you’re trying to sell your home.

Create the Bedroom Oasis of Your Dreams

Have you ever wanted to escape to a sanctuary in your own home? Between the kids, the pets, the chores, and more, sometimes finding a moment of peace seems like a sweet dream. And considering the amount of time we spend trying to get to sleep (and actual sleep), it feels like the bedroom is the perfect place to find tranquility in your own home.

Let’s make 2019 the year of making your dreams come true – one room at a time. Let’s turn your bedroom into the sanctuary you’ve always wanted. It just takes a few simple steps.

1)   Treat yourself to new bed linen.  It might be time to retire the old duvet cover that’s coming apart at the seams. Look for soothing earthy colors and soft prints. Stay away from bright colors and prints that could leave you too stimulated to sleep.

2)   Hide your electronics and wires. One great investment would be to try an end-of-the-bed TVLiftCabinet. The beautiful cabinets not only provide safe, secure locations for your electronics and gadgets, everything disappears at the touch of a button when it’s time for soft slumber. And because it’s finished on all sides, you can place it anywhere in the room. There are many great cabinets to find the style that perfectly matches your bedroom oasis.

3)   It might be time for a new mattress. If you’re having troubling finding just the right spot to sleep, it could be your mattress may be the culprit. Most experts say it’s time to get a new mattress after 10 years or so. There are so many different styles that provide comfort and support.

4)   Adjust your lighting. Bright lights aren’t conducive to a good night’s sleep. Consider lower wattage bulbs and well-placed lamps to give you the ambience you’re seeking. Also consider adding curtains or shades to keep out the bright sunlight when it’s time to go to sleep.

These are just a few things to help you get started on turning your bedroom into a place you yearn to return to each night. I hope they work as well for you as they did for me. Sweet dreams.

 

 

 
 
 
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