Finally someone has come up with a cure for unattractive television sets that can destroy the balance and pleasing ambience of a room. They didn’t do it by reinventing televisions to look better, but instead savvy engineers designed special TV lift mechanisms. These devices can be used with practically any television set and they work by raising or lowering the viewing screen. When you want to watch TV the lift raises it up like a small elevator, and when the television is turned off it goes back down into its concealed storage area or customized hiding compartment.
Ideally, consumers should choose a TV lift mechanism that is not only sturdy, strong, stable, and not bulky, but one that also has no ugly and visible struts, gears, or mechanical devices. After all, the goal of installing a quality TV lift mechanism is to remove all of the visual and spatial clutter. Inferior lift designs might hide everything out of sight when the television is not being watched, but they create an eyesore when the unit is operating, and that can defeat the whole purpose of having a lift mechanism installed.
Another critical aspect of choosing a sophisticated lift is in terms of how quietly it functions. Some poorly made versions can be so loud that the process of moving the television up or down grates on the nerves and the eardrums. So do a test drive or inquire from the manufacturer ahead of time to ensure that the mechanism works well but also works quietly. The best TV lifts are supposed to be “not seen and not heard,” and by shopping around for a reliable brand with a dependable warranty and a design that works smoothly and quietly it is possible to invest in a unit that will deliver years of satisfaction and convenience.
Tom Kern is a cabinet maker and expert on custom TV lifts and TV lift cabinets.