You may have previously come across demonstrations for TV-lift mechanisms that emerge from under the bed. While this method of hiding away a TV certainly has “wow” factor that many homeowners want, it has drawbacks. Here’s why under-bed TV lifts aren’t a part of our product line:
An under-bed lift has to apply force in four different directions during operation:
1. Emerging out from under the bed
2. Rotating up into position for viewing
3. Rotating back down
4. Returning underneath the bed
It’s the act of lifting the TV from a horizontal position to an upright position that requires the most force.
Imagine holding a 20-pound rock close to your body at chest-level, then lifting the rock above your head. It takes some muscle, but you can probably manage. Now, imagine setting that 20-pound rock at one end of a 6-foot board, then raising the rock above your head by lifting the other end of the board. Because there’s so little leverage available, this motion would require a tremendous amount of effort.
An under-bed lift has to have an enormously powerful motor to lift a heavy TV at the end of a metal arm and swing it upright. On the other hand, telescoping TV-lift mechanisms just require a moderately strong in-line system (made with quality materials and craftsmanship) to lift even the largest TV straight up from inside a cabinet.
The under-bed design is also more mechanically complex, with many moving parts. This means there are more components that could potentially fail or become misaligned. At Nexus 21, we offer the industry’s best warranty and maintain a small failure rate, because our vertical lift design follows straightforward engineering principles. We invest in safety and design features that last and require little maintenance.
You may feel serious sticker shock when you start researching an under-bed TV lift. Because of the increased power and complexity, they range from $9,000-$22,000; of course, that’s before the cost of accessories and installation, which can run several thousand more. In contrast, a Nexus 21 TV lift is a fraction of that price – while still being the product of choice for luxury residential settings. Even with a custom bed frame to hold the Nexus 21 lift, you’re still cutting the spend. Plus, you won’t spend 4-6 hours installing one of our mechanisms.
If you watch a video of how an under-bed TV lift works, you’ll see it requires quite a bit of floor clearance in front of the bed for the screen to slide out. For many homeowners, this extra space just doesn’t exist. A pop-up lift at the foot of the bed is a much more compact approach, because it doesn’t hog floor space during operation.