Maximising the comforts of home during #WFH with Harvey Norman
Maximising the comforts of home during #WFH
For working parents, the past few weeks have been challenging to say the least. When the Singapore government extended the circuit breaker to continue the country’s ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus, it goes without saying that making their family’s living space more conducive for work, rest and play became a priority.
But thanks to the abundance of e-commerce sites, there are no lack of options and the convenience and ease of shopping are now more keenly felt than before. Harvey Norman is a prime omni-channel retailer example.
Microwave popcorn, Movie nights and more
With the school holidays brought forward, and home-based learning and video conferencing calls becoming the norm, it’s probably also a good time to consider upgrading your home entertainment system. The realm of the entertainment living room is not exclusive to men (sometimes, the men really don’t get it), and a good system does make a difference to Movie Nights and busy workdays!
Harvey Norman has an extensive range that covers all needs, budgets and brands. Screen sizes available range from 32- to 82-inches, for variants from FHD, 4K and even 8K TVs! How do you choose the right size?
For our money, we recommend going for the largest screen size available that fits your living room. 55- and 65-inches are the sweet spots these days, with prices crashing down in recent years. Plus, larger screens provide a more cinematic experience too. Next, consider getting a TV that boasts HDR10+ or Dolby Vision certification to ensure it supports the best HDR standards and bring out the best out of the growing variety of HDR content. Last but not least, consider the Smart TV system’s feature support. For example, if you’ve an Apple TV+ subscription, Samsung smart TVs are the first to get an Apple TV app. So that means you no longer need a separate Apple TV unit.
Did you know? If you’re considering hopping on to the 8K TV bandwagon, you will enjoy the detail and resolution upsize offered more tangibly when going for a 75-inch TV size or larger. For bedrooms, you can easily accommodate 40 to 50-inch TVs given their super slim bezels and sleek design these days.
Facing the music, in a good way
While you are at it, be sure to check out the wide selection of audio solutions at Harvey Norman too. A good soundbar makes the perfect companion for the latest smart TVs, as not only will it do justice to Ed Sheeran’s mind-blowing vocals, but you will also appreciate just how much better Netflix’s Crash Landing On You or Itaewon Class sound with it over the TV’s own audio output.
The more powerful soundbars pack multiple speaker drivers to better separate audio duties between different frequency ranges. That means your audio will sound more true-to-life and offer better sound stage. Some, if not most, soundbars will also allow for Bluetooth connection with your smartphone. So, you can fire away your favourite Spotify playlist, while baking cookies in the kitchen. Be sure to check out some soundbar ideas from HardwareZone and head over to Harvey Norman's online store to snag one.
If you enjoy watching lots of movies, the higher tier range will likely offer a better representation of surround audio capabilities such as fighter jets swooping in from the back, over your head and whizzing past to your right.
But if you are willing to get a little more ‘hands-on’ and unwilling to compromise on audio fidelity, consider getting a complete 7.1-channel Home Theatre sound system instead. These systems are slightly more complex to setup and occupy more space, but they will definitely rock your house. Supporting cinema audio standards such as Dolby ATMOS and DTS:X, these multi-speaker systems comprising of an AV receiver, centre-channel speaker, floor standing stereo speakers, multiple surround sound speakers and a subwoofer are designed to give you and your family audio experiences that the director intended for its audience. You can even mix and match different brands for the various audio components for better flexibility to match your aesthetic or sonic tastes.
Did you know? Did you know if you are strapped for space to consider any audio solutions to enhance your TV audio, there are options called ‘sounds plates’ or ‘under TV speakers’ that help overcome the limitation. The Sonos Playbase is one such option and you can find out how it fared from our usage.
Gaming keeps the mind healthy
The World Health Organisation has officially supported gaming as a recommended treatment for our ongoing homebound existence, brought on by the current pandemic. Now, before your parental instinct screams otherwise, there is an element of truth to it.
Games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Ring Fit Adventure on the Nintendo Switch console are great family-friendly titles that are not only wholesome, tests your mental agility and give a good workout too.
Even if you don’t play games much, consoles like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X are welcome treats for the kids – giving you the space to enjoy your own ‘me-time’. Check out the offers here.
Did you know? With social distancing measures in place, games like Just Dance are proving to be a popular home-based exercise activity for families – with its quirky, humorous and competitive gamification features.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy
With that said, the living room is where the family gathers most of the time, and it’s perhaps worth considering upgrading sofas and recliners if they are worn-out. A cosy living room can change the flat’s energy levels completely, after all. The plan: hours and hours of reading, relaxing, watching movies and playing console games!
Regardless of your décor style, at Harvey Norman, you'll find the right pieces to suit your space and budget. One of the popular range are those from IMG and La-Z-Boy. Designed in Norway, IMG recliners will have you gliding into a comfortable position you wouldn't want to move from, while La-Z-Boy options boast complete support via 18 optimum levels of comfort.
A selected range of recliners and sofas is now available at promotional prices with ready stocks for immediate delivery, so make the time to browse for one.
Did you know? Harvey Norman is the only place to buy Australian-made sofas in Singapore!
For shopping ideas to make your home an oasis of comfort, head over to www.harveynorman.com.sg/.
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