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How To A Choose TV Stand That Best Matches Your Living Room

What is the most significant, most exciting feature in any living room, that is looked at for the longest time by the collective household, usually unblinkingly, and serves as the gateway from one’s humble abode to the world outside? Yes, I’m talking about your TV! And what is imperative to make the most of your TV? The perfect TV stand! Make sure you are not detracting from your TV experience by following these helpful tips to choose the best living room TV stand.

Placement is Paramount

What’s the point of investing in a good TV, if the viewing experience itself is ruined by suboptimal placement of the stand? Whether in a corner or along a dominant wall, depending on the size and layout of your living room, the TV stand can be positioned anywhere that is convenient. A few points to keep in mind are the size of the TV itself and the number of people that may be watching it. Keeping the stand located to complement the rest of the furniture and maximise the zone of comfortable viewing for the entire room will guarantee satisfaction for all.

Decide on the Dimensions

The height of a TV stand determines viewing comfort to a large extent. Once the position for the TV stand has been decided, ensure that the one you choose has the appropriate height, is wider than your TV width (to prevent overhang) and has enough depth to provide sufficient support to prevent the toppling over of this expensive gadget. Typically, the centre of the screen should be 35-45 inches from the floor for an ergonomic viewing height to prevent prolonged strain on the neck and eyes. This is just a guideline and should be checked with the height of your living room sofas.

Sustain the Style

Being a prominent feature in any living room, it is best to go for a TV stand that complements and seamlessly merges into the décor of the room. Straight, geometrically designed stands in pale greys or whites will add to the refined look of minimalist furniture, while the rich, dark wood tones of oak or mahogany stand to integrate well in rooms with more traditional furniture. For retro styled living rooms, high gloss or metal and glass TV stands bring both support and style to the TV and the room. If required, stands with shelves help in organisation and storage.

Material Matters

TV stands are commonly found in wood, glass, metal or high gloss finishes. Along with décor, it is essential to keep in mind which material would be most suited to the family. For homes with not many pets or kids, glass stands reinforced with metal frames are an option. Where glass or high gloss ones might be cracked or scratched, sturdy wood stands will stand the test of time and rough use and are highly recommended for larger households.

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DIY TV Stand Ideas To Hide Cable Boxes And Wires

Making your own TV stand requires that you get a professional finish that hides all your cables and wires.  You need something that is going to help you hide the TV, store all theDVDs you have bought, and stow away a few extra things from the living room that you do not have any room for.  Use all the tips below to make this cabinet a reality.  You can create something really interesting when you start using the options listed below.  You might not have thought of making this TV stand yourself, but it is possible.  Plus, you could consider adding a couple furniture pieces together to get the results you want.

1.  Add A Storage Box

You could add a storage box to your TV stand, and you will find some cool ideas when you are looking at different sites that provide you with the furniture that you need.  You will find that you can store all the things you use every day with just one box that was made to accompany the TV stand.  You could even put a speak on top of this box to complete the look.  Plus, you can run all your wires behind this box if you need to.

2.  Add An Upper Shelf

You could add an upper shelf that will hold all the cable boxes and DVD players that you have.  Because of this, you can run all the wires to the back of the unit where no one can see.  You can make just one hole where all the cables come out of the unit, or you could use a few different holes that are out of sight to move your cables around.  Make sure that you have closed off these holes with a plastic or metal ring so that they will not tear.  If nothing else, they look really nice.  Plus, you can create a cabinet that is easy to adjust if you add or subtract any items from your setup.

3.  Use A Special Bundle Coil

You could run all your cables through a special plastic bundle coil.  The coil will wrap up all the cables, and they will be much easier for you to access because they are all in the same place.  Someone who is using the bundle coil can push the cables to a part of the cabinet where no one can see.  Plus, the coil can be unwrapped at any time to reach the cables if they need to be changed or moved.

4.  Use A Cable Strip

You can use a cable strip to hide cables that are running to a particular location in the room or the cabinet. In fact, the cables could be behind a cable trip that is the same color of the cabinet.  No one would have any idea that you have cables under there to begin with, and you need to be sure that you have bought enough material to build your cable strips.  If you buy a generic rubber strip, you should paint it to match the cabinet

5.  Use Bluetooth

Bluetooth connections for all your devices make a big difference because you only need a power cable for each unit.  You could put a power box in the cabinet that will connect to the outside, and you have but back on all the cables that you would normally.

There are many families that need to get a better TV stand, but you can make the TV stand yourself if you add all these little things to a much more functional unit you built yourself.

Four Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

When it comes to TV, there’s never been such a variety of platforms to watch your favourite shows on. From Netflix to Amazon Prime, there’s a never-ending supply of shows and films that are available at just the click of the button. So what shows should you be watching right now? Here are four shows to watch on your next free evening or weekend at home.

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If this selection isn’t enough, then you can find plenty of new shows to watch here.

The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann

It’s a case that shocked the globe. The disappearance of a three, nearly four-year-old girl from a holiday vacation spot in Praia da Luz. Praia da Luz will, unfortunately, be forever known as the place where a UK child went missing, and it’s mysterious circumstances. The documentary is pretty much made up of information a lot of us would have heard about around the time it all happened, but it’s interesting because it presents quite a balanced argument for all possible theories. Many of the latest documentaries that have appeared on Netflix like Making A Murderer, is particularly one-sided, so for this one to be so balanced, it’s surprising that the McCann’s didn’t want to be involved.

The case is still unsolved, and with the additional £150,000 that’s recently been given to the fund, it seems like there’s still lines of enquiry that are being pursued. Let’s hope Madeleine gets found one day.

Sex Education

It’s not as raw and hard-hitting like Skins, a similar TV show, was. However, Sex Education is a hilarious and accurate account of how difficult it can be to navigate high school. From fitting into to clicks and finding your crowd, the show follows a socially awkward teenager, Otis. He’s a virgin but manages somehow to create an underground sex clinic, giving advice to other teenagers having problems of their own. It touches on other topics like sexuality and troubles within family life, and that’s probably why it’s currently so popular, it’s confirmed to have a second series!

Cheat

A series that’s currently on air is ITV’s Cheat is about a dangerous relationship between a tutor and a student that spirals out of control. It stars Katherine Kelly who has had a glittering career already on TV and is a pro when it comes to hard-hitting dramas. What was meant to be a simple open and close case of academic deception turns into two fiercely intelligent minds willing to do anything to prove the other wrong.

Good Omens

Featuring two legends in TV and Film, David Tennant and Michael Sheen play opposite each other in Good Omens. Playing a devil and angel, they must join forces to save the world from Armageddon. The first episode is due to come out on Amazon Prime on the 31st May, so keep it in your diaries for then.

There’s a fantastic variety of shows in all genres to suit even the fussiest of viewers. So set aside some time to spend some quality time with friends or family in front of the TV.

3 TV shows that will keep you hooked

As a TV show enthusiast, I have all sorts of favourites. I am not picky on what era a show is from and if it is really good, I have found myself watching, and then re-watching TV shows later on while diving further into the story and character development. I will be patient and give a show a couple of episodes to pick up, but there have certainly been a number of shows that have had me hooked by episode 1.

Here are 3 of those TV shows that will catch your interest quickly and keep you hooked. Plus, an added bonus, all 3 are available on a new platform called Chili and are ready to be binge-watched.

The Night Of

“The Night Of” is a 2016 American crime drama miniseries with 8 episodes. It is based on the first season of BBC’s “Criminal Justice”, following the story of a New York City murder case. Riz Ahmed plays Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan, Bill Camp as Dennis Box, Payman Maadi as Salim Khan to name a couple of the main characters. After Naz, a Pakistani-American student, meets a woman and spends a night of partying with her, he wakes up to find her stabbed to death beside him. He is charged with her murder. The miniseries takes you on a psychological tour of the characters, portrays different cultures in distinct presentation and tells a story that goes beyond standard storytelling.

Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” has a strong following, and for good reason. It debuted on HBO in February 2017. “Big Little Lies” is set in Monterey, California and follows narration from the viewpoints of three women, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, portrayed by stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley respectively. Each of them are mothers of first graders, and each have their own demons they are battling in their home life while trying to keep up the face that they show the rest of the world. It being downright relatable and powerful has undoubtedly drawn an audience. “Big Little Lies” shows real problems that real people face. The plot includes heavy topics, such as domestic violence, abuse, murder and infidelity. The show demonstrates the strength gathered from these women supporting themselves and one another, something that will have you rooting for the characters along their drama-filled journey.

Sharp Objects

The TV show “Sharp Objects” is based on the novel Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, the author of the ever popular book Gone Girl. “Sharp Objects” follows Camille Preaker, a reporter in St. Louis portrayed by Amy Adams, who returns to her hometown to investigate the kidnapping and murder of two local girls. The show carries you between Camille’s internal thoughts and drifting mind to how she carries the investigation externally. Camille’s character might be monotone, but between Amy Adams’ performance and the beautiful editing of the show, you feel like you really feel what she does.

Do you have any TV show recommendations? What are some of your favourites?

Listography – Top 5 80’s and 90’s Game Shows

I’m feeling very honoured to be hosting Listography for Kate this week and I’ve chosen a topic which is very close to my heart. It’s no secret that I’m a massive nerd, but my geekery has been present even since my earliest days and as a child, I was never happier than when I was watching some sort of quiz show on the TV, testing my mental boundaries and picking up plenty of useless general knowledge along the way. So, in honour of a lifetime of game show watching, I give you my Top 5 80’s and 90’s Game Shows:

BlockBusters

Blockbusters

Watching BlockBusters is one of my earliest ever memories – I was definitely under the age of 5 when I used to watch this as I still lived with my Dad at the time, and I remember sitting in the kitchen, watching it on my Mum’s little portable TV. It used to frustrate the hell out of me if people chose illogical ways to get across the board and I remember thinking that if I ever got to go on BlockBusters when I was older, that I’d be really good on The Hot Spot. Bob Holness was my hero when I was little, like a kindly Grandad who fed me knowledge and I still miss that show, to this day.

Krypton Factor

Krypton FactorAh, Krypton Factor – the ultimate combination of brains and brawn! When I was little, my ambition was to join The Royal Air Force and become a pilot, and I genuinely think it stemmed from watching people use the flight simulator on The Krypton Factor. I loves the assault course round of the show too, it was always so exciting watching them swing across muddy pools on ropes – I vaguely remember feeling a real sense of peril watching them do that, although looking back now it was probably all very safe!

The Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze was always on TV around the time that I was supposed to be going to bed, so I used to put it on the TV in my bedroom as quietly as I could, and then sit with my hand on the button so that I could turn it off if I heard my parents coming. I was absolutely blown away by the set designs, which seemed so sophisticated to me when I was a kid (even though I’ve seen it again as an adult and they don’t look anywhere near as slick as I remembered) – my favourite ‘zone’ was either Aztec or Futuristic and I used to get SO cross that no-one seemed to do very well in the dome at the end. I also spent many years coveting one of those uniforms (obviously, I’d get the pink one…) and I far preferred it when Richard O’Brien presented it – Ed Tudor Pole just never did it for me.

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Whose Line is it Anyway? started as a radio programme before it came to British TV in 1988 and I think it’s where my love of comedy started – to this day, I adore so many of the comedians who starred on the show – Greg Proops, Stephen Fry, Tony Slattery, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie – they’re all geniuses as far as I’m concerned. I also loved Josie Lawrence and found it so refreshing to see a woman on a show like this (see, I was a feminist at the age of 5!) – I was far too young to have been watching it, but I was allowed to watch TV late on a Friday night, which is when this was usually on. I was absolutely in awe  of their ability to ad-lib and be funny on-demand, and although it’s not a ‘points win prizes’ traditional quiz, it’s still one of my faves and has firmly paved the way for shows like 8 out of 10 cats that are so popular today.

Bullseye

Bullseye Jim Bowen

Bullseye ran from 1981 to 1995 and I remember watching it like it was yesterday. Jim Bowen was an awesome host, low-key but always there with a sarky comment when it was needed, and the premise of the game was so simple that it used to amaze me how people could be so crap at it! The prizes seemed out of this world to me (I caught a repeat on Challenge a few weeks ago and they gave away a caravan!), althought what I always coveted was a Bully statue and set of personalised Bullseye darts. It baffles me that someone managed to make a gameshow out of a game of darts, but it obviously worked as it ran for 14 years, and I bloody loved it!

There are so many more shows I could have mentioned (Catchphrase, anyone?) but I have to stop somewhere, so now it’s your turn. What game shows from the past do you love? Do you wish Bob would give you a ‘P’? Was Michael Barrymore more your cup of tea? Did Family Fortunes float your boat? Write your list and link up below.

Thanks again to Kate for allowing me to host Listography this week.

What’s in the Post?

Ooh, what could it be?!

 

Gold boxes hold so much promise!

 

Red, White and Blue…

 

Recognise those faces?

 

DALLAS! Yee haw!

Woo hoo! Warner Brothers have kindly sent me season one and two of Dallas and I cannot wait to have an eighties-tastic viewing marathon. I wonder if I can think of some eighties snacks to go along with watching? Lean Cuisine, Slush Puppies and Opal Fruits, anyone?!