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Sleek Entertainment Center Design on a Budget

Typically, when it comes to furnishing your home and designing a home theater setup, functionality comes first, and then, if the budget allows, design and style comes second. Oftentimes, this will result in a very functional but bland looking entertainment setup. Why would you want to spend a huge chunk of your time sitting in a room that is purely utilitarian?

Many people see a TV lift or TV cabinet as a luxury for the rich. In actuality, a TV lift or TV lift cabinet can be added to your living space at a relatively low cost. Rather than spending your design budget on something purely decorative, you should try and combine  functionality and design to conserve funds. When not in use, a TV lift cabinet still adds flavor to a room and can act as a temporary shelf. The living room or den can quickly convert from being focused around a television (like most living rooms), into being laid out for entertaining. It is amazing what hiding a TV can do for the ambiance of the room during a party or gathering. Once it’s time to put on a movie or share family photos,  the TV is useable again with the click of a button. With hundreds of designs, you can find the one that will fit your style!

TV Lift in Closed Position

TV Lift in Closed Position

How to Secure Your Flat Panel TV at Home or the Office

Mounting your flat-panel TV on a TV lift or stationary wall mount is a great way to improve the viewing angle for the entire room, as well as keeping your expensive electronics out of the way of kids or pets. Mounting a TV or TV lift is a relatively simple process. In addition to your home, mounting a TV in your office can really add a new layer to employee meetings and breaks.

Typically, a mounting kit will come with two mounting arms and a wide bracket plate. The bracket attaches to the wall and the mounting arms attach to the bracket, securing the TV. Once the TV has been secured to the wall, the chances of an accident or mishap are greatly reduced. We recommend a motorized TV lift to adjust the angle of the screen during use and to keep the television out of the way when not in use. Our lift mechanisms are 100% UL recognized and adhere to all of the corresponding safety standards. Once mounted, the lift will keep the television safe and in a convenient position.

 

TV Lift Mount

TV Lift Mount

TVLiftCabinet.com Final Four

With the Final Four coming up this weekend, I have been following all the coverage and scouting reports for the four teams. The tournament is great because anything can happen. This year’s tournament was no different. Of the last four teams standing, really only one was expected to be there. You have the team that’s favored to win it all, the team that was never supposed to make it, and a couple teams that were able to pull it out at the end of the season and are riding momentum til the end. So I got to thinking. If the Final Four teams were TV lift cabinets, which cabinet would represent each team?

LOUISVILLE

Louisville is the clear favorite going into this weekend. They are the last remaining number one seed. I liken Louisville to our Concord TV lift cabinet. Concord is a large cabinet and can hold a big TV, up to 65”. If you put Concord in your home, it is going to be the focal point and a stylish one at that. It is one of our most consistently popular units, much like the Cards have been one of the best all-around teams all season long.

SYRACUSE

Everyone is talking about the Syracuse zone defense, how the zone is so long and has such wide range. This is why my pick for the Syracuse TV lift cabinet is Kensington. Kensington is our widest cabinet and as a result one of our largest units. It has a traditional design with plenty of storage.

MICHIGAN

It has been 20 years since Michigan made it to the Final Four but with their rich athletic history, it was only a matter of time before they came back with a bang. Banyan Creek is the Michigan of TV lift cabinets. It is one of our original units and is always a favorite for customers. The traditional design is timeless and it is a mainstay in the TVLiftCabinet.com line up.

WICHITA STATE

Wichita State is the unexpected entry into this year’s Final Four. Where some say they may lack the notoriety or talent that the other teams have, they make up for it with their determination and will to win. This seems to me like Carousel’s simple design but serious popularity with our customers. Carousel fits in with modern or traditional décor so while it may not have all the flash as some other units, it is still tops for quality and its ability to look at home in any room.

Our 360 Swivel Lifts Are In Stock and Ready to Ship!

Over the past several months, we have been getting a ton of calls from customers looking for a TV lift solution that would allow them to rotate their TV so they can watch it from anywhere in the room. Previously, we would recommend our cabinets on casters like Carousel or Traveler. Then about a year ago, we introduced our Crystal Pointe 360 Swivel cabinet which has quickly become one of our best sellers. Finally, we are very excited to announce that our Uplift 3250 Residential Swivel Lift, Uplift 3500 Residential Swivel Lift and Uplift 3700 Residential Swivel Lift are available for purchase on www.TVLiftCabinet.com! Our swivel lift mechanism is easy to install and gives you 360 degrees of rotation to watch your TV from any angle! Controlled via remote, the lift has an innovative design that features two on-board HDMI ports, 2 on-board HDMI cables and an outlet for your TV so you don’t need to worry about routing your cables as it’s already done for you! The lift is near silent while operating and it includes a safety feature that will stop the lift from moving if it meets resistance as it rotates.

Another request that we were beginning to hear more and more frequently was when will we have a cabinet that can house a 70” TV? Last Spring, we introduced Pacifica which is essentially a larger version of our most popular cabinet, Banyan Creek. Recently, we have added a Modern design for those who are looking for a more contemporary option to house their 70” TV. The new cabinet is called Concord XL and you can check out the specs here. Concord XL is a larger version of Concord, our best selling American made cabinet, factory-direct from our Amish craftsmen. Have a TV larger than 70” but can’t seem to find a TV lift cabinet? Check back next week when we feature an amazing custom cabinet we built for a customer’s 80” TV!

 

Mancaves Done Right

All I’ve been hearing about lately is how fall sports are really kicking into high gear over the next few weeks. College football is back tonight, NFL starts in a couple weeks, and NHL hockey will be close behind. Now that our main TV will be dominated by games every weekend until February, I’m starting to entertain the idea of a mancave (don’t tell my husband…). Mancaves seem to be everywhere these days. TV shows dedicated to them, men raving about them. My whole issue with a mancave was that it would look too out of place in my home. My entire decor has a certain flow and everything seems to fit. Well, where does a mancave fall into place? I don’t want a random room with sports memorabilia and movie posters hanging on the wall. People will think I have a reclusive teenage son that I never talk about. So I got to thinking, is there a way to make a mancave, dare I say, fashionable? All I want would be a few decorative elements that would appease me but would go unnoticed to the average man catching the game in the mancave. Maybe with a little decorative flair, one could overlook the NY Yankees banner that would be sure to adorn an entire wall.

Chic but manly enough for the mancave!

I figure if we were to go with this whole mancave idea, I could leave the ‘accessorizing’ up to my husband and I could pick out the big ticket items (see last week’s blog about my online shopping habit..). Maybe I’m biased but a TV lift cabinet is the perfect happy medium. TV lift cabinets have the wow factor and technology to be accepted into the mancave but also don’t look out of place in a finely decorated home. Plus when it’s not game time, you can lower your TV into the cabinet and not have it be the center of attention. Do you have a mancave in your home? What is the centerpiece of your mancave?

 
 
 
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