Make A DIY Home Theatre TV Lift Cabinet

TV lift cabinets are great accessories for your home theatre system. The only trouble is that while you can you get a smaller bedroom-sized lift cabinet for under a thousand bucks, cabinets for full size home theatre TVs (up to 60") can go up to two or three grand. Here's a design you can make yourself and accommodate as big as a TV as you'd like for less than half that amount.

Instructables user ihart came up with the design based on a $US540 Firgelli Lift that includes an IR detector and remote control. The author used birch plywood, wood panel moulding, an IR repeater, and various hardware odds and ends to build the cabinet at a total cost of around $US1000. Not cheap, obviously, but cheaper than pre-constructed cabinets for larger TVs and this design offers storage space for all your audio/video components as well as media and gaming accessories.

The author not only has plenty of construction photos and drawings, but he also recorded a 40-minute playlist containing 24 YouTube videos of the construction process.

Depending on your level of woodworking skill this project may take several weekends, but you'll be rewarded with a great piece of home theatre furniture.

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    The only thing I admired in this video... was how nice and thin the TV was.. TV's really have come a long way...

    As for the TV lift.. -_-:

    Frigelli also ship from an Australian warehouse. They do charge a premium for their Australian product (like most US companies) but at least you get a local warranty.

    I bought one recently as they have a sale on their Australian stock (US$100 off) until the end of the month.

    30" lift = (38" - 42" TVs)

    36" lift = (43" - 60" TVs)

    With a bit of extra engineering use a DIY Automatic Garage door kit from Bunnings. Incorporated and old bicycle chain and drive. In the process of doing mine, hope to finish this weekend

    Honestly, how much effort is it to just leave the tv on the cabinet?

    Maybe put a few glass panels in the doors on the front and place his photo frames there?


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