DIY TV Lift
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.
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.
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"