Automation technology has made life easier even at home. The so-called smart home concept comprises different automated and motorized objects in a house. Among such objects, we find the TV lift, which adds a touch of modernity and sophistication to any home.
A TV lift allows you to raise your TV set when you want to watch it. Then, when you’re done, you can hide it inside a cabinet. An automated TV lift can do these operations with a single push of a button. These devices were generally quite pricy. Moreover, commercially available TV lifts were not customizable.
Luckily, things have changed. The mechanisms and electronics to build a TV lift have become much more accessible. Thus, if you have some experience with DIY projects, you can make a TV set to your specifications. You won’t need to invest a fortune to make it. The process can be summarized as follows:
- Select the adequate linear actuator;
- Select a switch;
- Install the linear actuator;
- Build the operable door;
- Install the TV set.
Let’s go through this process in more detail. You’ll notice that making a TV Lift is easier now than ever before.
Select the Linear Actuator
The linear actuator is the most important component of the TV lift. This is the device that delivers the up/down movement. It consists of an electric motor and a mechanism that transforms the rotation into linear motion. The motor operates with direct current (DC), usually at 12 V.
The actuator comes with all the accessories that make the wiring and installation quite straightforward. Some actuators even come with a bracket kit to fasten the TV set more easily. So, you have to select the weight capacity, stroke length, and speed. For the weight capacity, aim for at least 50% greater than the weight of your TV set. Likewise, the stroke length must be 1” or 2” longer than the height of your TV.
Select a Switch
You can use a double-pole double-throw (DPDT) switch to control the actuator. The manual of the actuator surely provides a diagram of the wiring. So, you should not have any difficulty. Alternatively, you can opt for a wireless control system. Read the actuator’s manual to learn how you can connect a wireless control unit.
Install the Linear Actuator
The best way to install the actuator is by fixing it on a wall. The actuator will be hidden in the cabinet. Make sure the actuator is centered behind the TV set.
Build the Operable Door
You have to build a door that opens and closes as the TV is lifted and taken down. Choose the right hinges to allow the door to close automatically when the TV set is hidden.
Install the TV Set
This is also quite straightforward if you bought an actuator that comes with a bracket kit. All you have to do is install the TV according to the instructions in the manual. That’s all! After installing the TV set, you can enjoy your automated TV lift.