We talk with a lot of professionals who are designing homes for clients that are fortunate enough to have an attic.
When you’ve got open space above the living area, it opens up the option of having a drop down lift that lowers your television from the ceiling. The advantages here are pretty fantastic, not least of which is the ability to lower a TV over a fireplace for the ideal rom-com viewing scenario!
Dropping a TV down from above also avoids interrupting the design of the room as a ceiling-based concealment means you don’t have to add furniture or alter existing pieces to accommodate the motorized lift.
In our eyes, this is a big win for the homeowner. But not everyone has this luxury. We’ve talked with a good deal of homeowners who don’t have attics but still want to install a drop down lift.
Fortunately, being without an attic isn’t a problem.
Soffits Are the Answer for Homes Without Attics
When there’s no space above to tuck away your 60” flat screen, soffits provide a simple solution to the problem.
For the uninitiated, a soffit is basically a wall version of a false ceiling. Contractors add them onto a wall (like in the picture below) for many different reasons. In some cases, the addition is purely cosmetic.
But in this case, the professional added a soffit to accommodate a drop down lift. Before we get into the details of how this works, take a look at the design of the room. There’s a lot of right angles, a lot of pale colors and a very modern feel that gives way to the beautiful outdoor space.
One of the primary goals here is to incorporate a television without interrupting the overall vibe of the room. As you can see, the contractors who worked on this room were well aware of the pre-existing design.
The soffit blends in seamlessly with the walls and the ceiling.
Tucking Away a TV In That Added Space
We’re hoping that you’ve embraced the idea of a soffit, partly because it’s so well done in the photo above and partly because we know it may be the only option for concealing your television.
Take a quick glance at that room again. Not only is an attic absent, but there’s also an absence of cabinetry and furniture that would otherwise be used to hide your TV. In this particular case, the soffit was the only logical option for a concealment.
Now, let’s get into the details that matter. How easy is it for a professional to install a lift into a soffit? The answer to that question is simple: Really easy. We provide your contractor with all the specifications, drawings and documentation they need to get the job done.
It’s Okay to Flip Out… or Drop Down
Once you decide to install a soffit, you’ve got a couple of options for lifts. First, the CL-65 flip down TV lift.
The CL-65 gives you the ability to install a shorter ceiling soffit. The advantage here is the lift requires just under 7” of vertical space. Your contractor won’t be forced to create an out-of-place, swarthy soffit to accommodate your CL-65. Sleek is the name of the game here. In the photo above the contractor actually created a faux-ceiling beneath the patio ceiling and installed the flip down TV between them.
The lift folds out to 95 degrees in just 16 seconds and can accommodate TV’s up to 65”. It’s tough aluminum frame supports up to 100 pounds.
But let’s say installing a soffit on the ceiling is out of the question. You want your flat screen to drop down over your fireplace so you can cozy up to the loved one for Netflix and the crackle of burning oak.
We’ve got three different lift options for you: the L-23i, the L-27i and the L-75i. The first two lifts in this series are popular for smaller spaces like kitchens, bars, boats, RV’s and outdoor patios.
If you want to a soffit-style enclosure in your home, the L-75i will most likely be the way to go. It can heft up to 100 pounds (more than enough payload for the average 60-75” TV), is just 8.9” deep and doesn’t have any exposed tracks, gears or scissors. It’s a rather elegant way to conceal your TV within a soffit.
Flip it or drop it?
If you’re one of those homeowners without an attic or suitable furniture for concealment, which lift would you install… drop down or flip down? Let us know in the comments section below.