Do you like modern minimalistic styles of the interior? Or, perhaps, some functional elements of your interior simply look awkward where they are situated right now and you want to do something with this situation? This article is dedicated to providing a solution just for you. We’ll tell you how to save space, tie the interior together, and try on the role of an engineer and build a TV lift with your own hands.
What you will need
First things first – an element that would move the television stand. A perfect solution to fit here is a linear actuator – quite a cheap and accessible in use device, which usually cost no more than $50 (we are talking about the domestic actuators, of course). Choose a model with a remote control included. Additionally, make sure it also features an adapter. An AC adapter will require you to purchase a cable – measure the distance from a lift to a wall socket and buy a bit longer cable.
The second necessary part of your construction is a dresser or another kind of cabinet or piece of furniture where your TV will be placed. The common requirements are modular construction (it is especially important for the part of a cabinet through which TV would be lifted to be detachable) and the absence of drawers (an optimal option is a cabinet with doors).
Lastly, a stand that would support and fixate a TV from below. The stand must be sturdy, reliable, and balanced.
Additionally, you will need tools to put all the elements together, namely – saw, drill, and hinges (2 small ones and one elongated).
Assembling a TV lift step-by-step
Once you’ve prepared all the tools, without further ado, let’s get to it:
- Step 1: prepare dresser. Take everything that can stand in the way of placing a lift and a TV inside a dresser out – shelves, drawers, metallic fastenings. All in all, you should see an empty wooden box before you.
- Step 2: transform an upper dresser panel. Now for the most complex and responsible stage – a dismantlement of an upper panel to cut out a lift-up lid, which should be wider and longer than a TV by a couple of centimeters to perfectly fit everything. Draw a markup beforehand and use a circular saw to do everything clean and straight.
- Step 3: installing hinges. We suggest two options to choose from: 2 small hinges installed on the sides of a lift-up lid or one elongated hinge which can be a more reliable option (the load from the lid will be equally distributed along the whole hinge). You’ll need a wireless electric drill to install the hinges. Don’t forget to also attach some element to the lid, which would hold it in a horizontal state.
- Step 4: fixating a stand. Now, let’s work with the bottom of our dresser. Fixate a stand to it with the help of an electric drill.
- Step 5: install the moving element of the stand. At this stage, you’ll have to mount a linear actuator into the stand. You will require the special mounting brackets for this (they are usually included in the actuator package).
- Step 6: fixate TV. Use mounting brackets to fixate a TV to the upper, moving part of the actuator. Make sure the fixation is reliable and that TV and actuator wires aren’t twisted anywhere.
- Step 7: test the construction. Connect the cable to the wall socket and voila! The full lift-up of a TV usually takes no more than 30 seconds and everything should be working now if you’ve done everything properly.
As you can see, it isn’t that complicated to create one’s own TV lift and you could save a lot of money (the custom-made dresser cost us about $60-75 using our own old dresser; new models from the assortment of readymade automated furniture start at $500). You can purchase progressive tv lifts on our website – only the top-notch quality and reasonable prices.