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DIY TV Lift

Updated on February 9, 2013
My solution- see below for the details
My solution- see below for the details

My Dilemma

With a growing family and a three bedroom house we were feeling the tight quarters. In an effort to give each of the kids their own space we decided to remodel the garage into a master bedroom. I was in my glory, at last I would have a closet that would hold all of my clothes and space, glorious space. I wanted an open floorplan that took more than three steps to reach the bed. One problem, once my 24' x 24' bedroom was completed there was no place to put a tv that did not (in my opinion) clutter the room. To put a Tv on the wall that you could see from the bed would have been ideal, unfortunately the open floorplan would have required at least a 46" tv. My husband found no problem with this, however I did not want a huge tv mounted to the wall of the bedroom I was designing with a coastal look and feel. So I decided to look into options for a TV lift at the foot of the bed. I was shocked and amazed that the options available actually cost more then the television did.

I used a rope to decorate the front of the cabinet to try to blend in with the nautical cottage feel of the room
I used a rope to decorate the front of the cabinet to try to blend in with the nautical cottage feel of the room
Dvd and Bluray disc storage on the sides
Dvd and Bluray disc storage on the sides
The stain was used to try to go somewhere between the light wood of the bed and the slightly dark wood of the cedar chest
The stain was used to try to go somewhere between the light wood of the bed and the slightly dark wood of the cedar chest
View from the foot of the bed
View from the foot of the bed
Eye hooks to keep the cabinet closed and the television out of sight when not in use
Eye hooks to keep the cabinet closed and the television out of sight when not in use
Releasing the hooks allows the gas prop to raise the stand, much like a hatch on a vehice
Releasing the hooks allows the gas prop to raise the stand, much like a hatch on a vehice
Fully extended the television is above the footboard
Fully extended the television is above the footboard
Rear view showing the gas prop in the middle of the raised section
Rear view showing the gas prop in the middle of the raised section

My Solution


After looking and looking at the manufactured lift kits and premade furniture, I decided to try my hand at cobbling one together.

  • I first built the structure - basically a box that held a box.
  • Using drawer guides to keep the inside box moving in the correct direction (laying on it's side it basically looked like a single drawer dresser
  • Using a gas prop from an automotive hatch I was able to have the inside box "rise" under it's own power- attaching the gas prop was the hardest part. I went to a camper supply center for a ball mount to be able to attach the prop to the wood. You also need to figure out which prop you will need. How much weight will it be holding, how high do you need it to raise up. Take some time when you go into the automotive store- and SAVE your receipt just in case you bought the wrong one.
  • a couple of eye hooks to keep it down when not in use

A few tips

  • Make sure you build the boxes deep enough for the tv. Not all flat screen tvs are skinny.
  • Purchase a locking flush mount wall mount to keep the tv in place as it rises and lowers- and be sure to allow room for this in your construction,
  • when getting drawer guides- get the heavy duty ones. They are available at most home improvement centers
  • I placed two door stops in the very bottom of the cabinet. (the kind that you place behind a door to protect your wall from the doorknob) This was just a precaution in case the gas prop should ever fail- that way the tv does not come slamming down.
  • Do not just go out and get the heaviest longest gas prop you can find. Some of them are rated for an extremely high compression rate. Remember you still have to get it closed (done by pushing on the top of the cabinet) and you do not want a prop so strong that you are unable to keep it closed- otherwise you have defeated the purpose of the hiding the tv.
  • Make sure you leave room for power cords and cables and that you run them where they will not become pinched or frayed.



End result?


Somehow I managed to work on this project in the gargage with some help from the kids for several days without tipping my husband off to what was going on. We carried it in the house and set it all up and put a big red bow on the top. He thought it was a great "book stand" ... the look on his face was priceless when we undid the latches.

I scored major wife points and my son has already placed his order for one as well.

Every once in a while even a blind squirrel finds a nut!!!


Want to see it in action?

Hope you enjoyed this Hub. I realize that it was not really a "How to" as much as an idea giver. I was rushing so much to complete this in time for my husband's birthday that there were really no photos taken during construction.

If you try this one on your own and you really get stuck give me an email with your question and some pics and I will see what I can do to help you.

The only tools that I used for this project were a miter saw, a hand held circular saw, a power sander and drill. A few various hand tools like a screwdriver and sand block completes the tools list.

As always, and until next time...

"may you always have a seashell in your pocket and sand between your toes"

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    • chefmichaelo profile image

      chefmichaelo 

      6 years ago

      I also made my own wireless tv lift. I used a 3000 pound winch system I came up with.

    • Hreichel profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Reichel 

      7 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

      Yes- I did mine was from Mighty Lift you may want to try online. Very difficult to find in store. Check with truck cap manufacturers as well - you may have to use two If not enough lift from a longer gas prop. Let me know how you make out

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      LANCE 

      7 years ago

      I have been wanting to make something like this for some time and I Think yours is great. Very impressive. I have started working on a bed and I want to incorporate this into the footboard. The problem I am having is that the longest gas prop I can find is 36" extended and 20" closed. That only gives you a 16 inch throw. Yours looks like more than 16 inches did you find a longer prop? If so where can I find one? Thanks in advance.

    • Hreichel profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Reichel 

      7 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

      A hightower - by all means, email away:)

      As a mom with one teen and two preteens it would be a rare treat to have someone ask for my advice :)

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      Alexis in Brooklyn 

      7 years ago from New York, NY

      Very ambitious and totally impressive. I may have to email you for tips on this one!!

    • Hreichel profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Reichel 

      7 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

      Ripplemaker- thanks for the link, being new to hub pages I still am learning what everything is!

      On being a niwit? Lol don't sell yourself short- wood can do a lot of things (with some persuasion) so take an idea- take a look at one in a photo if you can and go to the store :) nothing beats making it yourself- go ahead give it a try and then send me a pic... I would love to see what you've created

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I continue to be amazed at Do It Yourself Stuff...that's coming from a nitwit when it comes to this kind of thing. Putting this hub together is very helpful. Thanks.

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. And to all who would like to vote (hubbers and non hubbers alike) this way please: https://redelf.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Bermud... Best of luck!

    • Hreichel profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Reichel 

      7 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

      Thanks for congrats- :)

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      I think I would have to try the pre-made option, an Ikea version where you put together what they send you, or get one of my relatives to build it from scratch as my right side isn't strong and I have no manual dexterity in my right hand. Great tips for people who can build things and are wondering how to build a tv lift, though. Welcome to hubpages and congratulations on your nomination

    • Hreichel profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Reichel 

      7 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

      It really was not that difficult... just pay attention to the tips I gave. Some of those come from some stupid mistakes because I was in a rush to get it done... ESPECIALLY the one about the depth of the tv... best to have that infront of you..lol save some grief :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, what a fun solution! Great photos, too. Now I really know what you're describing... now I'm tempted to give this a try!

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      RedElf 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Too cool - I will have to try this for our rec room!

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