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Vertical vs. Horizontal TV Lifts Part 1

It’s always interesting to see the various ways a TV can be automated. We prefer the vertical movement of our lifts because it’s the most straightforward design that fits the widest variety of applications. In this series, we’ll explore some of the horizontal concepts we’ve seen – and the potential drawbacks.

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You may find this style in an ottoman or end-of-bed lift. The flat screen starts parallel to the floor. Then, it is moved into a vertical position along a central post. The pushing power comes from two metal arms attached to the sides of the TV. These articulated arms unfold to continue to raise the TV up to the preferred viewing height. What’s the catch?

  • The potential for pinching as the metal arms fold and unfold is pretty high since they create a scissoring motion against the flat panel’s sides. There’s no easy way to physically shield against accidents with this setup.
  • The TV requires a much larger “footprint” since it is stored on its face instead of on its edge. That’s particularly likely to be an issue in the average bedroom. A 52” flat screen takes up a significant piece of real estate!
  • There’s a possibility that someone will sit on the ottoman or other piece of furniture without realizing there is a TV inside. Most televisions aren’t intended to support the weight of a person. You could put a sign up saying “Please don’t sit here!” But that kind of takes away from the surprise factor of having a hidden TV lift.

Here’s How Nexus 21 TV Lifts Avoid These Issues:

  • The column that lifts the TV has all its moving parts safely enclosed. Plus, there’s anti-collision technology sensing technology to provide an added layer of protection.
  • With a vertical lift, you can use a footboard that is very thin and that doesn’t stick out into your walkway. This is a real space-saver.
  • A TV lift cabinet or end of bed lift with a TV stored upright doesn’t look like it could double as a place to sit. You won’t have to keep kids or pets from climbing on it.
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