The “Man Cave” Compromise

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When you live with someone that loves watching sports, creating a space that’s dedicated to game day is an appealing thought. Especially when “game day” can now be just about any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Yes, the idea of a man cave is intriguing, but many of us don’t have the extra space required to create one or can’t afford to double-up on gear. So if your family room is where it’s at, the best you can do is to selectively choose the tech that goes into it.

This leads to the man cave compromise: choosing techy gear that performs on game day yet preserves the existing style and look of the multi-purpose room it’s in.

OmniMount achieved this man cave compromise with the OE120IW in-wall, full motion TV mount. The objective was to design a mount that had all the functionality of full motion, allowing it to extend forward, pan left or right and tilt forward or back, while being discreet and unobtrusive by nesting the mount inside of a box that ultimately gets recessed into the wall during installation. The result is a product that not only looks great but also offers tons of functionality.

If you’ve found yourself in a compromising situation, remember that there are a lot of products designed to integrate technology in a beautiful and pleasing way. Rather than choose one preference over the other, bridge the gap between tech and home and get both.

Military Makeover Coming Soon…

Military Makeover BannerMark your calendars, makeover fans, because starting one week from now is a must-see series of Military Makeovers!

R. Lee Ermey “The Gunny” and an outfit of folks from around the country are joining together to change the lives of several military families, starting on Friday, May 15th.

In another special episode on June 5, the home of 1st Lt. Robert M. Keefe, Jr. will receive a Military Makeover. Don’t forget to set your DVR for the heart touching story and reactions from his wife and their three children. For a sneak preview, click here. Spoiler alert, they may or may not be using an OmniMount OE120IW!

Designing Spaces Military Makeover will air on Lifetime TV.

Make Plans to Get Moving for National “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day!

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Have you heard about National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day? No? This is the first year for this fun event, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and just around the corner, on May 6th!

OmniMount and its partner brands, Ergotron and Anthro, are celebrating this fun day at work — and at home. We’re supporting the ADA for this inaugural event and would like to challenge everyone to get up and move at least every 90 minutes throughout the day.

Regular activity is good for everyone’s health – it can improve muscular fitness, bone and heart health, and lower risk for the three leading causes of death: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

A fun home workout can help you decompress from work – which is often exclusively sedentary says JustStand.org – and inspire your family and friends to be more active, too.

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of exercise, sports, and movement.

Want examples? Here is how some of our employees will celebrate on May 6th:

I have an 8-year old who can barely concentrate on her homework because she fidgets so much. I get it…she’s been sitting the majority of the day at school so asking her to sit and do her homework is really challenging. We talked one night about what would help her focus more and we came up with the idea to let her do her daily reading while she uses my mini-stair stepper. This not only helps her concentrate but it gets some of that energy out that she’s had to hold in all day.

Melissa Gasser, Marketing Project Lead, Anthro Corporation

Since I sit-stand all day at work I consider that a couple hours watching TV isn’t so bad but I never sit for more than 30 minutes at a time. In fact, it turns out to be less than that because I use commercial breaks as a chance to putz around the house doing household tasks. I might sweep the floor, dust some furniture, let the dogs outside (and back inside), empty the dishwasher, sort the recycling or clean the bathroom mirror. It’s amazing how much you can do in the time it would have taken to watch 4 TV ads.

Carrie Schmitz, Sr. Manager of Ergonomic & Wellness Research, Ergotron

Since I’m big into sports I love to plan going to the gym if there’s a game, especially a soccer game that I want to watch on TV. I do this because at my gym we have TV’s that will play the game and instead of sitting down and pigging out on food I get a little bit of exercise while I still get to watch the game. While you’re working out you mentally get yourself into the game, but at the same time your legs are moving and you’re being active.

Matt Scott, Marketing Assistant, Anthro Corporation

I catch up on my DVR’d shows while I work out on the elliptical or while I prep and cook. Then, I’ll sometimes do strength training and yoga workouts while watching TV with my husband.

Alysia Miller, Graphic Designer, OmniMount

I try to start each day with a little bit of activity, whether it’s doing a short exercise video or some push-ups. In the evenings I like to walk to the grocery store for dinner supplies. On a regular basis, I stand at the kitchen countertop to eat rather than sitting down at the dining room table.

Betsey Banker, Communications & PR Manager, Ergotron & OmniMount

Don’t forget to spread the word about fun ways to get moving! Share on social media about how and why you and your family are participating in National Get fit Don’t Sit Day. Make sure to use the hashtag #GetFitDontSit on all social shares. Be sure to post messages and photos to the Association’s Facebook page, too. Invite family and friends, neighbors and – well, everyone! – in your community to participate.

On May 6th, have fun adopting healthier habits and supporting the American Diabetes Association.

 

Low Profile + Full Motion = Best of Both Worlds

OE120IW_CESPerhaps you aren’t familiar with the issue at hand. In the world of wall mounts there are three common types: fixed, tilt and full motion. A fixed mount typically gives you the lowest profile, which looks great, but doesn’t offer any added functionality. A full motion mount, on the other hand, can extend away from the wall and tilt, pan and swivel. Full motion is the best for rooms with multiple seating areas, but the mount arms sit farther off the wall, often sacrificing a super low profile.

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That’s where the OE120IW comes in. It’s a full motion mount tucked discreetly inside a case that gets mounted in-wall, between two studs. The TV nests flat to the wall but can still extend, pan and tilt whenever and wherever you desire.

If you’ve been debating between buying a full motion mount that gives you a lot of positioning flexibility and a fixed mount that offers the slimmest of slim profiles, get the best of both worlds with the OE120IW.

Still not sure? Here are three reasons to consider an OE120IW TV mount.

iPad fail moments… and how to prevent them!

iPadLaugh all you want, but the day your iPad falls victim to one of these mishaps will be a sad day indeed!!

Instead of tempting fate, the iPad Combo Kit from OmniMount is a 3-piece solution to keep your iPad safe from common mishaps and easily accessible. The kit includes a case, adjustable stand and wall mount, so you can more comfortably use the device in multiple areas of the home.

iPad MontageThe case has a magnetic interface on the back that works with the two provided mounts. The rubber interior and hard shell exterior helps protect your device and still leaves full access to buttons, camera and charging.

iPad_Case_and_Stand_LS_5The adjustable stand is unique in that it can be used one of three ways: as a surface stand, under-cabinet mount or wall mount. The under-cabinet application is perfect in the kitchen, as food blogger Shanna Mallon asserts in her recent post, so you can follow along with recipes without worrying about potential spills or counter mess.

The wall mount holds your iPad close to the wall and is nice if you have a particular place you like to store or charge, like by the bedside. It’s also great along a wall in the family room or front room if you use your iPad foriPad_Case_and_Mount_LS_4 home automation or as a universal remote.

Since the iPad isn’t permanently locked in place, it’s fast and easy to move from one mount to another, or to toss in your bag and go. And for anyone that has experienced the annoyance of having magnetic phone cases or wallets grab miscellaneous items in your bag, the magnets in the Combo Kit are integrated into the mounts, not the case, so your iPad case won’t start collecting metal objects.

Have you experienced an iPad fail moment of your own? Share your story here, on Facebook or via Twitter. We’ll pick a few lucky people to receive an OmniMount iPad Combo Kit for free!

How High Should Your TV Be?

How High Blog ImageChoosing the right height to mount your TV is an important consideration in any home. A recent article by Matt Clawson, owner of Clawson Construction, does a great job explaining what to keep in mind in your own home.

“There are many issues to consider when contemplating your television viewing experience, including the size and quality of your television, and the distance from the television to the primary viewing location. But for one characteristic, there is a simple and concrete rule: The ideal center of the screen should be at the eye level of the viewer.”

Matt’s article is full of great tips. Read the whole thing on houzz.

Three Reasons to Go All In

OM_Say-Hello-to a Hidden-Mount_HP-banner_Apr15It’s time to go all in — your wall, that is! OmniMount’s OE120IW is an in-wall TV mount that gets recessed between two wall studs. You get a practically non-existent profile when your TV is nested to the wall while still getting all the advantages of full motion, pan and tilt! Here are three reasons to consider an OE120IW for your own installation:

1. The OE120IW comes pre-assembled. You get a complete in-wall box and mount solution in a single product. That results in a superior fit and finish and a better user experience.

2. The installation is easy. A step-by-step installation video walks you through the whole process and an installation template guides the hole cutting and drilling.

3. The wall box is equipped to handle J-boxes and works with OmniMount’s OPK2 in-wall power kit (or off-the-shelf power kits) so you can route cables in wall without an electrical certification.

Not to mention how good this mount looks! Try it out and share your installation story with us.

Tips to stay active at home

A lot of people talk about tips for staying active at work, due in part to numerous studies highlighting the time workers spend sitting. If you haven’t seen the research, this infographic from Ergotron does a great job illustrating the point. But what about once you get home?

Keeping an active lifestyle at home is likely going to be easier than at the office. The beauty of being “off the clock” is that you aren’t tethered to the computer anymore, so you’re probably already more active than you realize. There are many ordinary daily activities that require movement, like cooking, doing laundry, and giving the kids baths.

The trick is to temper the activities that are traditionally done sitting down, like eating dinner and watching TV. So here are a few tips to do just that:

1. Consider having family meals around a counter or bar-height table where standing is allowed. Not only is it easier to move from kitchen to table, you might actually find that dinner conversations become more lively and engaging.

2. Mount your TV on a product that offers height-adjustability so you can actually see it better from a standing position, making it less automatic to sit down. If it seems far fetched to simply stand while you watch TV, consider ironing clothes or walking on a treadmill at the same time. Or consider a few of these tips from a previous blog about improving screen time.

3. If you do need to use the computer at home for working or paying bills, do so at a standing workstation. OmniMount is coming out with the perfect workspace solution just a few short months from now.

Remember that the tips and tricks you use at the office to stay active can also be used at home. Stand while on the phone, take a family walk around the block while discussing the day, or make a game out of interrupting long periods of sitting with fun isometrics or situps.

The most important thing is to find a solution that you enjoy. The more you enjoy it, the faster it’ll become routine.

Have you figured out some great ways to move more at home? We want to hear about them! Share in the comments below or reach out on Twitter and Facebook.

Food Loves Writing (and an under-cabinet iPad mount)

Shanna using the OmniMount Adjustable Stand for iPad in her kitchen

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Food Blogger Shanna Mallon

Food blogger Shanna Mallon, foodloveswriting.com, is all about sharing real-food recipes and personal stories and it was hard not to take notice of this mouthwatering recipe for her grandmother’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

It just so happens that Shanna uses an OmniMount iPad Combo Kit in the kitchen, and in her words, it’s “a much easier way to look up recipes and research information while you’re in the kitchen, from a mounted stand that can hang beneath a cabinet, be folded up when you’re not using it and keep information out and accessible while you’re mixing ingredients for dinner or dessert.”

If you love using your iPad to try online recipes, you need this mount! Visit Shanna’s blog for your chance to win one. Happy cooking!

Installation Inspiration

Pinterest OmniMountOmniMount is on Pinterest! Sometimes it’s much easier to see TV mounts in context than to talk up and down about features, so OmniMount has started some Pinterest boards to inspire, educate and act as a design and inspiration resource.

In the coming weeks and months you’ll see new pins and boards filled with design advice, DIY tips & tricks and before & after installations. Let us know the content you like best with re-pins and likes and we’ll be sure to deliver more of it in the future!