In a perfect world, you’d already have a tv creatively hidden in every room of your house.
But we’ve learned over the years that we rarely run into a perfect situation. Professionals come to us with all sorts of questions about how our lifts fit into the plans they’ve created for their clients. Even homeowners come to us wondering how they can fit our lifts into their design vision. In nearly every case, we provide a simple solution.
One of the challenges we often come across plays out in the following scenario. A client wants to up their movie watching experience in their bedroom, so they decide to buy a 60” TV and they want a lift system to accommodate it. They want the TV installed in an existing piece of furniture that’s only about 18 inches high.
Here’s the problem: a VIZIO 60” TV, for example, measures at about 30-inches tall. There’s a 12-inch difference between the height of the enclosure and the height of the TV.
Building Down Instead of Building Up
The best way to save space in a big city is to build up, right? Now let’s turn that concept on its head – the best way to make space in the example above is to build down.
In this scenario, the professional works with the home owner to either modify the existing piece of cabinetry to fit the lift, or they build a new piece of cabinetry specifically meant to hide the lift system and TV.
Deciding which method you’ll use will probably depend on how much space you have underneath to install your lift. If you’re on the ground floor and you’ve got plenty of clearance below from open space or a basement, you may not even need cabinetry.
Check out this video to get a sense of what we’re talking about. The client installed the lift system directly into the floor:
If you don’t have enough clearance underneath, cabinetry comes in handy, as we pointed out earlier. Here’s a photo of a partial-floor install in which a pretty sizeable TV and Nexus 21 lift system are concealed by cabinetry and the space beneath the floor:
Deciding between which of these installs works best for you is a matter of other factors, too. Say you’ve got a second-story living room that has an amazing view of a lake. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the walls. Adding a piece of cabinetry would take away from that view, so a full-floor installation is in order.
Now, take the same scenario, but with a twist. You’ve got the same fantastic view of the lake, but the windows don’t go all the way down to the floor. In this case, you can get away with a partial floor install where half of the TV is concealed in the cabinetry and half is concealed in the floor.
The Lifts That Make Floor Installs Happen
We want to highlight the FL-53s because it features everything that we think makes a floor install amazing.
The lift accommodates televisions up to 70”. We think the two best characteristics of this lift are its extra-long extension capability (perfect for under-the-floor installations) and its manual swivel mechanism that allows you to rotate the TV 360 degrees.
Think about that swivel capability. Let’s say you want to install an FL-53s on your patio in a space between your sitting/barbecue area and your pool. Choosing this lift means that you can watch your favorite shows while you’re kicking back in your lounge chairs, but when you want to take a quick dip you can flip the television around and continue watching from the cool confines of your pool.
And, just to ensure that outdoor install doesn’t succumb to the elements, we’ll apply a ceramic powder coating to your bracket hardware and switch out your steel screws for a stainless steel set.
If you don’t need a swivel lift, the XL-75 is a great choice if the weight of the TV, lid and other components are less than 130 pounds. If you’re more of a go-big-or-go-home type of person, our L-90 lift may be your best bet. It’s got a weight capacity of 200 pounds and won a “Best of” award in CE Pro’s Mount/Lift/Media Concealment category in 2014.
So, How Low Can You Go?
We really like the under-the-floor option because it opens up all kinds of possibilities for your lift install. Did you go subterranean in your home? Tell us your story in the comments section below.