DIY – Your TV Lift

Recently I Googled TV lifts and found many different options. Perhaps the most surprising was listed under “Home Automation”, with instruction on how to “build a pop up lift cabinet using an off-the-shelf dresser drawers and a shelf pop up TV lift kit in about three hours, all for only $ 500.”

don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the DIY trend and on the less important projects; I can fully support such a company.

However, the majority of people who would consider an automated TV lift also enjoy watching TV…and to see him, he needs to work, right? Imagine, after three hours of “sweat equity” investment (not to mention all that you invested in the agency and your pricey plasma TV), your “home automation” project comes crashing down, TV and everything, since the online-education omitted a crucial step?

Why put yourself through the agony?

Today, there are many reputable cabinet/console suppliers who will customize your TV lift cabinet to your specifications. Everything from the number of shelves you want to have in your cabinet, to the height where you want your TV to “rest” when it is used, the color and design of wood cabinet.

By way of a professional, you also have options in mechanical operation and design, including motorized lifts, lifts that pivot, and lifts down and pull back to the ceiling. Many manufacturers offer their TV lifts rack and pinion operating units, while others offer telescopic technology for their systems. Almost universally, manufacturers offer warranties on their TV lift units, which is why they are designed with structural integrity using high-quality components…do not modify the elements of the tool shed, or clearance furniture from a bog box shop, as could be the case if the homemade version.

Another advantage of working with one manufacturer verses the “do-it-yourself” option is that the furniture (cabinet or console) generally comes completely assembled, no worries about “washer #22” missing, or the wrong size screw for a key part of your “home automation” construction.

do-It-Yourselfers beware: some “projects” – including a secure, fully-functional TV lift – are best left to the professionals!


Rob Buehl, CEO of ImportAdvantage, and almost twenty years old, a veteran of the furniture business, leads this supplier of high-quality furniture with innovative pop-up TV lift mechanisms and traditional TV stands systems. Rob is a member of these professional organizations – NHFA, CEA, CEDIA.


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