Automation gradually becomes an ordinary part of an everyday human life. In the past, automatic technologies could only be spotted on plants and factories. Today, automated devices are employed for most various domestic purposes. The particular case is convenient TV lifts. And if a few years ago it would have taken a good penny to buy the lift, now, an amateur may as well build one manually with pretty reasonable expenses. Do you want to find out how to construct a TV lift individually? We’ll describe the process in a nutshell in this article ‘How To Build TV Lift By Yourself?’
What parts will we need to Build TV Lift?
Our future TV lift will consist of the following individual parts:
- linear actuator
- adapter with a remote control;
- mounting brackets;
- floor cabinet without drawers (i.e. the one with the doors only);
- an elongated hinge.
Additionally, you’ll need a saw as well as a set of tools for fixation of screws and bolts.
Let’s get to work!
Following is a step-by-step tutorial on the general individual construction of a custom TV lift.
Step #1: Prepare the cabinet for the TV lift installation
There are two ways to prepare the cabinet: get a cabinet with a lift-up lid at once (like on the picture) or construct such a lid yourself. In the latter case, you will need to first measure width and thickness of your TV panel. Next, you will need to cut out a sufficient space in the upper panel for a TV to fit when rising. You can attach the cut-out lid to the base with screws and an elongated hinge. In order for it to not flap down every time it is not supported by anything, make a small wooden piece that would keep the lid in the horizontal position.
Step #2: Install a stand
According to practice, the most reliable way to attach the lift’s ‘leg’ to the base are mounting brackets. In this case, you must fix them to the back side of the cabinet with the help of screws. It’s important to make sure that the brackets are able to hold the weight of a TV.
Step #3: Connect the actuator to the TV and then the network
Now, it’s time to connect and enable the performance of a linear actuator with the help of an adapter (we believe that an adapter with remote control is the best option for our case). It’s crucial to watch wires (You shouldn’t bend them too much or chafe with other parts of the construction). Now, we can install a TV onto the stand.
Step #4: Put the cabinet together
You had to pick apart the cabinet to assemble all the previous parts. Now it’s time to put everything back in place – with a lifting construction inside.
Step #5: Test the construction
That’s it, the automated TV lift is ready! You can test it out immediately. Usually, it takes about 30 seconds for a linear actuator to lift a TV from the bottom to top.
Want to see a more detailed tutorial? Welcome to our YouTube, where you will find a bunch of tutorials and guides on creating TV lifts (1, 2).
As you can see, the construction of a TV lift with your own hands isn’t a difficult task. Be sure to pick a reasonably priced yet reliable linear actuator, which would support the weight of your TV and feature sturdy mountings. Come and take a look at actuatorzone, there’s a wide range of high-quality products.