TV Bracket Types: A Guide to Wall Mounted TVs

TV Bracket Types: A Guide to Wall Mounted TVs

If you want to have a wall mounted TV, you need TV brackets, but not all TV bracket types are the same. In this guide to wall mounted TVs, we explore which TV bracket types you need to get the best from a wall hung TV in your home.

TV bracket types: Flat brackets

Modern flat TV hung on a wall with flat TV bracket types
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In a modern living room, a TV can look effective when it’s mounted and hung on a wall. Thanks to technology, the thickness of TVs has shrunk immensely over the years, so now TVs blend in effortlessly on the wall.

Plus, if you’re short on space in your living room, a wall hung TV can be the perfect solution, as it doesn’t take up valuable room on a specialist stand or placed on other pieces of furniture.

Whether you choose to mount your TV on a chimney breast or wall in your living room, at eye level directly in front of your sofa, then the best TV mounts to choose are flat brackets. They’ll help your TV look like it could be a picture hanging on the wall and provide an ideal angle for viewing in line with your seating arrangements.

TV bracket types: Tilting brackets

A wall mounted TV can be a luxury in a bedroom. There’s something comforting about being able to settle down to rest and relax on your bed at the end of a busy day and enjoying your favourite film before going to sleep.

If you want to be able to get the best angle for watching TV in bed, then tilting brackets are a great choice. These TV bracket types mean that you won’t have to get a stiff neck watching TV in bed as your mount is positioned at the perfect spot and the bracket at the ideal angle for viewing.

As a bonus, tiling wall brackets can be tilted when needed to help to deflect reflections or sunlight, ensuring that your viewing pleasure isn’t hampered by natural elements.

TV bracket types: Full-motion brackets

Wall mounted TV with full-motion TV bracket types
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If you’re keen to have a wall mounted TV in an open plan living-dining room, or dining-kitchen room, then you may need your mount to be more flexible. The rooms can be bigger and serve several purposes so you could potentially watch your TV whilst either cooking, eating or relaxing.

In such a scenario, a fixed bracket won’t be practical, as you may be unable to see your TV from certain points in the room and even a tilting bracket can be limited. Enter a full-motion bracket.

A full-motion bracket does as its name suggests – it moves and swivels to any position so you can enjoy your TV from a variety of angles. The screen can be turned and tilted, so you can avoid getting sunlight on the screen and still get to watch whilst you’re cooking in your kitchen or eating your meal in your dining room.

Regardless of the type of TV mounts you choose, always remember to ensure that they’re the right size for your TV screen and will properly support its weight. The last thing you want is your expensive TV crashing down, not least as it could injure someone.

Once you’ve chosen the right TV bracket types for your needs, ensure they’re properly and securely fitted to the wall and follow the instructions on the packaging. If you’re not confident at DIY, it’s worth hiring the services of a professional to do it for you.

Once your TV brackets are fitted and your TV has been mounted it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy watching your favourite TV shows in style.



Top Gadgets To Transform Your Spare Room

Top Gadgets To Transform Your Spare Room

Homeowners with a spare room or two are often left with a conundrum; do they use it for storage or as a space for their hobbies? The appeal of additional storage often wins out and many people find themselves with a spare room filled with all of the stuff they have collected over the years.

But, if you have refrained from using your spare room as storage then you might be wondering what you can do with it. Why not embrace technology and use some of the top home gadgets to unlock your spare room’s full potential?

Home cinema

A spare room can be transformed into a home cinema
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Over the past couple of years, many people have relied on binge watching TV shows and movies to get them through long periods stuck at home. If you love your visual entertainment then why not dedicate an entire room to it? 

You can create your very own cinema experience thanks to a projector and screen. Throw in a popcorn maker and some ice cream and it’s like you’re at a red carpet screening of a major blockbuster!

Your home cinema doesn’t have to be purely dedicated to watching films and TV shows. It can be a multifunctional space, especially if you or your partner enjoy your sport. Golf simulators are great for honing your skills with a club in hand but can also double as a home cinema with a few considered choices. Now you may never feel the need to leave the spare room ever again.

Modernising your walk-in wardrobe

If storage is the most practical solution for your spare room it’s still possible to make a transformation, especially if you are using it as a walk-in wardrobe. Clothes that are stored in a wardrobe for too long can often come out smelling musty and needing a wash before you wear them.

This problem typically rears its head twice a year; when we switch our summer and winter wardrobes over. One technological solution to this problem is a steam closet, which is like your very own dry cleaning service at home.

These closets ensure that your clothes come back into play and smell great, even if you haven’t worn them in a year. Many come in sleek designs, adding a touch of class to your walk-in wardrobe and can be controlled over WiFi which allows you to monitor the progress of each cleaning cycle.

LED light strips

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference to a room’s aesthetic. LED light strips make a vibrant addition to any room and instantly bring more personality to your home. They can be used to enhance anything from stairs to mirrors and cupboards.

For a spare room transformation, consider using LED light strips to backlight shelving and picture frames to make them stand out more. You could even consider using LED light strips to add some fun to your furniture to create a unique glow that can be adjusted to set the mood. Whether that’s for intense gaming, relaxed reading or getting the party started is up to you.

Digitise your reflection

Use a spare room as a dressing and makeup room
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Why upgrade your walk-in closet with one gadget when you can add another that works in perfect harmony with it? Smart mirrors are a wonderful addition to a dressing room as they do more than reflect what’s in front of them.

Hi-tech versions come with multiple sensors that can analyse your temperature and even track how healthy your skin is. They are often equipped with a camera that allows you to see how your outfit looks from 360 degrees, not just the front and side.

Smart mirrors accommodate a small computer behind their screens allowing them to give you information such as the weather, display text messages and even host video calls. This is perfect if you are away from home as your family can gather and speak with you in comfort rather than huddling around a laptop or phone screen.

Home bar tech

Sociable people might wonder what the point of having all that extra room in their home is for if they can’t bring friends and family over to share it. For those folks, the latest home bar technology may be calling to them. From installing your own optics dispensers and beer taps to a wine chiller or ice machine, there are plenty of gadgets to make your home bar your own.

If home brewing and distilling your own spirits is your passion then where better to show off all of your hard work than in your home bar? You can unleash your inner mixologist with a cocktail kit complete with mixing glasses, fruit presses and fancy glasses. For a retro vibe then a personalised neon sign would work wonders behind the bar, as would a vintage arcade machine.

Art projector

Lots of people use their spare room as a place for their hobbies, and if you have the space going then it’s a no-brainer to use it for your own enjoyment. Many people opt for a craft or artistic space and it’s certainly a good way to spend the time.

As a mindfulness activity, arts and crafts can help to boost your mood and reduce feelings of stress or anxiety. Spending an hour or so creating something allows us to get out of our heads for a while and focus on something productive.

Unfortunately, most of us aren’t blessed with the drawing skills of Picasso but that doesn’t mean we can’t make beautiful art. One way to hone your drawing skills and enhance your spare room is to introduce an art projector to the space. Art projectors can be used for tracing images, projecting large images onto a canvas as a guide or even for creating a light show.

Connected pillows

A calming meditation and relaxation bedroom
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Sometimes we all just need somewhere we can go and relax for a while. If you lead a busy life then a meditation room could be the perfect antidote. With smart speakers and LED lighting, you can create the perfect atmosphere for mediation, relaxation and sleeping.

Connected pillows are a great addition to the set-up as they offer gentle vibrations and speakers to let your mind drift off into relaxed bliss. Your body will soon follow so consider other sleeping gadgets like a heated electric blanket or smart lamp that produces a warm glow that gently wakes you up.



How Technology Has Impacted Home Making

How Technology Has Impacted Home Making

There is no doubt that technology has had a profound impact on homemaking. From the way we shop for furniture to how we entertain guests, technology has changed how we live in our homes. In this blog post, we will explore how technology has changed homemaking for the better.

1. Online Shopping

One of the biggest changes technology has brought to homemaking is online shopping. For example, online furniture at RJ Living can be bought with just a few clicks of a mouse. You can purchase furniture, appliances, and other household items without ever having to leave your home. This not only saves you time, but it also allows you to shop from the comfort of your own home. One important drawback is that online shopping often makes it difficult to assess quality. Thus your ability to research product quality online is essential, for example, using online reviews to gain insights into product quality.

2) Home Entertainment

Technology has also impacted home entertainment. For example, Netflix and other streaming services have made it possible to watch movies and TV shows from the comfort of your own home. This not only allows you to save money on movie tickets, but it also means that you can watch whatever you want when you want. In addition, video gaming systems such as the Xbox and Playstation have also become popular forms of home entertainment. These systems not only provide hours of fun but can also be used to connect with friends and family members who live far away.

3) Home Automation

One of the most exciting changes technology has brought to homemaking is home automation. Home automation allows you to control various aspects of your home using a smartphone or other electronic device. For example, you can use home automation to turn on lights, close curtains, and adjust the temperature in your home with just a few clicks of a button. Home automation can also be used to monitor your home security and energy usage. This allows you to keep an eye on your home even when you are away from it.

Simple ideas for styling your coffee table
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4) Home Design

Technology has made it easy for homemakers to illustrate and design their dream home. With the help of computer-aided design (CAD) software, homemakers can create a three-dimensional (D) model of their dream home. This allows them to visualize how their home will look once it is completed. In addition, CAD software also makes it easy to make changes to the design of your home without having to start from scratch.

5) Landscaping

Technology has also made it easier for homemakers to landscape their homes. For example, online tools such as Google Earth allow you to view your home from a bird’s eye view. This allows you to get an idea of how different elements (e.g., trees, shrubs, rocks) will look in relation to your home. In addition, online tools such as Google Maps allow you to measure the distance between your home and other points of interest. This can be helpful when planning out a garden or patio area.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that technology has had a profound impact on homemaking. Technology has made it easier than ever to create a comfortable and stylish home from online shopping to home automation. In the future, we can only imagine what new changes and innovations technology will bring to the world of homemaking.



Top Kitchen Tech For 2022

Top Kitchen Tech For 2022

If 2022 is the year you’d promised yourself you’d spend more time in the kitchen, learn different techniques or even start batch cooking, then this guide is for you! We’ve rounded up the latest kitchen tech designed to make your life easier or your dishes more delicious.

1. Personal blender and smoothie maker, Lakeland

Personal blender and smoothie maker, Lakeland

This ultra-compact, power-packed personal blender is ideal for smaller households or anyone with limited space. It includes the main blending unit, 600ml glass blending jug – with detachable lid and 30ml measuring cup and a 600ml Tritan easy-go blending bottle for smoothies. The specially designed stainless steel blades can cut through frozen fruit, so you can enjoy smoothly blended, ready-chilled drinks on the go. And it can also blend soups, sauces, smooth purées and baby food with ease. £46.99, available from Lakeland.

2. Good to go multi cooker, Russell Hobbs

Good to go multi cooker, Russell Hobbs

Cook your favourite meals with the Good to Go multi cooker. Choose from eight different functions: sear, roast, sous vide, slow cook, steam, rice, boil and keep warm. The control panel is removable so you can take the aluminium pot straight to the table to serve. £79.99, available from Russell Hobbs.

3. Entertaining grill, Cuisinart

Entertaining grill, Cuisinart

This teppanyaki style grill heats up quickly and maintains your chosen temperature for perfect cooking results. With a top temperature of 260°C it’s perfect for searing meats and locking in flavour and with ultra-fast heat recovery it will thoroughly cook your food in minutes. The dual zone temperature controls mean each side of the plancha cooking plate can be precisely heated to different temperatures, accurately maintaining your chosen temperature from 90-260℃. This is ideal if you want to gently grill vegetables on one side whilst searing steaks on the other. It’s also great for keeping cooked foods warm. £175, available from Cuisinart.

4. K150 blender, KitchenAid

K150 blender, KitchenAid

This power blender (pictured above and main image) crushes ice, makes smoothies from fresh or frozen fruit, has a soft-start to avoid splatter and comes with a two-year guarantee for peace of mind. Available in a range of colours to suit your kitchen, it costs £229 from KitchenAid.

5. Kitchen companion heater base, Made To Last

Kitchen companion heater base, Made To Last

This little hotplate is useful whenever you need an extra, portable electric hob. It would also be great for tiny kitchens with no hob space, as it can be stored in a cupboard. It features a stainless steel surround and cast iron hot plate and is great for kitchen or table top use. Was £60 now £54, available from Made To Last.

6. Rose gold 1200W stand mixer, Salter

Rose gold 1200W stand mixer, Salter

This stand mixer has six speed settings and comes with its own whisk, dough hook, beater and removable splash guard. It has a stainless steel mixing bowl with 5L capacity and costs £94.99 from Very.

7. Soup maker, Morphy Richards

Soup maker, Morphy Richards

Make delicious warming soup in as little as 21 minutes. It’s quick and easy to use – simply prepare your ingredients, place them inside the soup maker and choose either the smooth or chunky setting. The control panel features an LED countdown display that shows exactly how long your soup has left to cook while you just sit back and let your soup maker do the hard work for you. £79.99, available from Very.

8. Sowden kettle, Hay

Sowden kettle, Hay

Known for his experimental, distinctive designs defined by bright colours and graphic shapes, designer George Sowden has now collaborated with Hay to create a beautiful range of colourful kettles and toasters. Available in four finishes, these distinctive kettles connect retro styles of the past to artistic designs of the present and inject a splash of colourful personality into your kitchen. Was £99 now £79.20, available from Nest.

9. Koda gas powered outdoor pizza oven, Ooni

Koda gas powered outdoor pizza oven, Ooni

Create delicious pizzas in just 60 seconds with the Ooni Koda 12 gas-powered outdoor pizza oven. Made for ultimate speed, convenience and ease of use; the instant gas ignition and adjustable heat dial make controlling the temperature of your oven a breeze. Not just for pizza, you could also try roasting fish, vegetables and steaks. £299, available from Cuckooland.

10. Deepfill toasted sandwich maker, Breville

Deepfill toasted sandwich maker, Breville

The original and still the best, Breville sandwich toasters have been making delicious toasties for the nation for over 40 years. This latest model features easy-clean, natural DuraCeramic plates, variable temperature and a deep fill design. £44, available from Very.

Main image shows the K150 blender by KitchenAid.



Top 10 Barbecues For Summer Dining

Top 10 Barbecues For Summer Dining

There’s a strong rumour going around that summer is here! (we’re not sure if we’re prepared to believe it just yet, but fingers crossed…). With restrictions lifting and the weather improving, not to mention evenings getting longer, outdoor dining is once again a possibility. There’s nothing to beat a good old barbecue, so we’ve scoured the retailers to find the best of the barbecues and accessories for summer. Here’s what we’ve found!

1. American-style barbecue grill, Von Haus

American-style barbecue grill, Von Haus

This American-style BBQ has a huge cooking surface suitable for larger groups. The 2-in-1 functionality of this traditional charcoal grill means you can cook meat, fish and vegetables over the barbecue flames or in the wood smoker for a distinctive smoked flavour. Simply close off the ventilation and stack woodchips beneath the grill to convert it from a barbecue to a smoker. £189.99, available from Von Haus.

2. Broil King classic 301 barbecue, Dobbies

Broil King classic 301 barbecue, Dobbies

The Broil King Crown Classic 310 Gas BBQ is perfect if you’d rather have the ease and speed of gas instead of charcoal. It offers performance and versatility with a contemporary look. Features include cast iron cooking grids and a built-in thermometer. £449, available from Dobbies. 

3. Portable barbecue, Annabel James

Portable barbecue, Annabel James

A mini suitcase-style portable barbecue. This versatile BBQ grill is ideal for the beach, on a boat, camping etc.  Comes emblazoned with the words “The Adventure Begins”. It would also sit on a tabletop for smaller garden spaces. Was £64.95 now £59.95, available from Annabel James. 

4. Stripe rose white beach BBQ bucket, Ciel Shop Interiors

Stripe rose white beach BBQ bucket, Ciel Shop Interiors

At just £16.95, available from Ciel Shop Interiors, this cute little travel barbecue won’t cook a family lunch for six but it’s perfect for simple meals for two. You could even toast marshmallows as the sun goes down! It features a natural eucalyptus wooden carry handle and comes complete with grill.

5. Portable steel Ibiza barbecue, Ella James

Portable steel Ibiza barbecue, Ella James

For a slightly sturdier version of the travel barbecue, how about this versatile little steel bucket perfect for taking on picnic trips or to the beach this summer. It comes in a pretty sea blue and is easy to light and to carry around. £49, available from Ella James. 

6. Compact kettle charcoal barbecue, Weber

Compact kettle charcoal barbecue, Weber

Ideal for small spaces is this traditional 47cm compact kettle barbecue from Weber. It uses charcoal for a traditional ‘BBQ’ flavour and costs £99.99 from Dobbies. It’s also available in a larger 57cm size.

7. Rockwell 410 charcoal barbecue, GoodHome

Rockwell 410 charcoal barbecue, GoodHome

The rockwell 410 charcoal barbecue has a large cooking space that allows you to feed up to 16 people. It comes with an electric rotisserie and has a side stand to keep accessories close at hand. The grills can be put in the dishwater for cleaning, making it a practical choice. Was £444, now £325, available from B&Q.

8. Beer barrel BBQ grill, Tramontina

Beer barrel BBQ grill, Tramontina

This stylish, contemporary barbecue only needs 1.5kg of charcoal to cook a full BBQ. With its rounded handles, it’ll be easy to move this grill right to the heart of the action to ensure you don’t miss a moment with your friends and family. It won’t take up much space, either! It costs £79.95 and is available from Cuckooland.

9. Portable Kamado ceramic grill 15″ barbecue, Gardenesque

Portable Kamado ceramic grill 15″ barbecue, Gardenesque

Take your barbecuing to another level with this portable Kamado ceramic grill and smoker that heats up ready for cooking in 15 minutes, perfect for a weekend camping trip. Designed to allow for precise temperature control, ranging from 107 and 399 degrees celsius, you can use this charcoal grill for grilling, searing, baking and smoking by adding wood chips to the charcoal. £499, available from Gardenesque. 

10. Plain Jane firepit with swing arm BBQ rack, Firepits UK

Plain Jane firepit with swing arm BBQ rack, Firepits UK

Kill two birds with one stone with this firepit with swing arm barbecue rack. Practical yet functional, the swing arm is fully removable by simply lifting off post cooking allowing you to enjoy the warmth, light and atmosphere of your fire pit late into the evening. Prices start at £245 from Firepits UK.

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