The kids are off to college or living in homes of their own, and you have regained a big chunk of your house. It's time to indulge and transform your home with a space especially designed for you.
If you have been dreaming of a "boomer cave" - a place where you can get away to relax, watch TV or read - now is the perfect time to make it a reality. Creating a cozy "getaway" room in your house to relax doesn't require any special home improvement skills or interior design panache. Simply follow a few steps and get ready to celebrate with friends and family.
Step 1: Upgrade the TV
The piece de resistance of any empty nester's boomer cave is the television. It doesn't matter what program you're passionate about - a grand television will be the focal point of the room. Whether a gift to yourself or a gift to your partner, a quality TV is a worthwhile investment.
Compare options to find the perfect cave-worthy model. LG's new SUPER UHD TVs feature the latest technologies - including stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut for an impressive picture. Because these are the only TVs that support two formats for HDR content, Dolby Vision and HDR 10, you can rest assured that you're buying the best. It's also a Smart TV so you can stream your favorite content from popular services such as Netflix, Amazon Video and VUDU using LG's award-winning webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform, and even connect your phone or other wireless device to show off vacation photos and more. Available in 43 to 86-inch screen sizes to suit any size boomer cave.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to a boomer cave, so it's common to forego the traditional couch and set up the area with multiple reclining chairs. This gives everyone their own space to kick back, relax and enjoy the show.
When setting up the room, ensure the arrangement gives each viewer an uninterrupted sightline to the screen but does not block any main walkways and still complements the aesthetic of the room. Many people put chairs about nine feet from a TV, but experiment to find what is best for you.
Step 3: Add amazing extras
Add personalized elements and the space will truly feel unique. Frame favorite vacation photos, art or sports memorabilia. Add ambient lighting. Paint the walls your favorite colors. When it comes to boomer caves, the sky is the limit.
Beyond decor, a few extras can make the space more enjoyable. A wet bar with a variety of glasses is a nice touch. Built-in charging stations ensure everyone stays connected. Card games add a casino feel. Workout buffs may want to add weights.
Step 5: Don't forget about the grad
Now that the parents are in boomer-cave heaven, it's important not to forget about that hard-working grad. Send your love to your favorite young professional by gifting them a sleek, new ultra-lightweight laptop like the LG gram 15. It weighs only 2.16 pounds yet boasts the full screen real estate of a 15-inch laptop, making it easy to travel around campus, or even take from the apartment to the office and back. Equipped with great features including Full HD picture quality - 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio - your grad will enjoy an immersive viewing experience and plenty of advanced connectivity options, whether updating a resume or surfing the web.
Of course, any time you're missing your graduate, you can always invite him or her over for some quality time in the cave. Remember, just because it's a cave meant for parents, doesn't mean it can't be the whole family's new favorite room in the house.