At Nexus 21, we love catering to the DIY crowd. If you browse our photo gallery, you’ll see some fantastic examples of what our customers can achieve with a little ingenuity and a lot of elbow grease.  Our tech support staff is on hand 24/7 to answer questions about how to use our products. But we also like to share tips here.

Today, we’ll address the issue of ventilation. Our Smart Cabinets are built with air flow in mind to keep all your components cool. What can you do to ensure your homemade TV lift cabinet also provides adequate cooling for your DVD player, X-box, Blu-ray, Wii, DVR, and other devices? Here are a few ideas:

  • Instead of solid wood, use mesh or some other porous material for some of the panel insets. If the mesh matches the color of the wood, it won’t be very noticeable from a distance. This is a good way to ensure hidden speakers aren’t muffled too.
  • Leave a portion of the back of the cabinet open. When you place the cabinet near a wall, leave enough clearance to allow the free flow of air through the interior of the component area. Make sure there is at least one small open vent area in the front of the cabinet as well to let air in.
  • If you have some electronic know-how to go with your woodworking skills, hook up a PC fan to cool the component compartment. Of course, you’ll need to figure out a way to have this system switch on only when the components are in use.

Do you have any clever ideas for how to keep the interior of your TV lift cabinet cool? Let us know in the comments.DIY Cabinet