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Monday, March 31, 2014

Urban Living with Smart and Resourceful Designs

It’s been called the great migration of the 21st century as Generation Y moves from the suburbs to urban developments. They’re seeking smart designs, connectedness with their colleagues, better downtown vibes and to be within walking distance of all things important to them. They also want their high tech lifestyles – the latest smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi, and huge, flat screen televisions at their fingertips.

But Generation Y isn’t the only group moving into high-end downtown condos and apartments. A new wave of baby boomers are exchanging sprawling homes in the suburbs for the energy and life that urban living provides – without the hassles of endless chores. A recent Wall Street Journal article explored what it called a “gold rush” of older, moneyed buyers moving into condominium penthouses and luxury town homes.

The common ground between these urban moves is smaller footprints. In New York, the average size of a 2-bed, 2-bath condo is around 850 square feet. In Seattle, the average size is around 647 square feet. Space is definitely a premium, but the benefits of living an urban lifestyle do not mean you have to give up on things that make your life more enjoyable.
Concord TV Lift Cabinet

The makers of TVLiftCabinets.com find that many people come to them because wall space can be a problem in urban settings. Often the largest spaces are near or in front of windows, and they don’t want a television permanently mounted in front of their precious lighting source. They also don’t want to downsize their televisions – they’ve gotten used to high definition viewing and there’s no going back. TVLiftCabinets.com offer the best of both worlds for people who want smart designs – Amish-crafted cabinetry when you’re not watching your favorite program and smart-lift technology that appears on command.

One of the most popular contemporary styles is the Concord, offering tons of space-saving features for electronics, and drawers for storage.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why Amish Quality Matters for your Home

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Dovetail Amish Craftsmanship
The Amish are known for a sentiment that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. We couldn’t agree more, and that’s why TVLiftCabinet.com turned to Amish craftsmen in Ohio to create our beautiful cabinetry. One word comes to mind when our customers view their work: stunning.

We work with a small group of Amish craftsmen throughout Ohio’s heartland and are proud to say that

In recent years, woodworking has become a prime contributor to the Amish economy. Amish craftsmen are known for using old-world construction techniques, considerable attention to detail, eco-friendly finishes and running sustainable operations. Living in harmony with their environment is second nature for Amish families. They pass along their time-honored woodworking skills to the next generation, ensuring the quality that is Amish furniture will never diminish.
the majority of our cabinetry is made in the USA.

If you add an Amish TVLiftCabinet to your home, be sure to take care of it. We recommend that you occasionally wipe the surface clean with a damp towel. If you choose to use a polish or cleaner, stay away from ones that contain silicone or wax as it may build up on your finish.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Check Out the Latest Line of TV Lift Cabinets

Here at TV Lift Cabinet, we're always trying out new things when it comes to color and design we'd like to use this space this week to bring your attention to a few new highlights in our catalog. 

The Chatham lift is available in black, brown, and white color schemes and features a 360 degree electric swivel cabinet. This cabinet is 100% wired and represents a great example of integrated component storage for your electronics. The classic styling looks great from any angle: at the foot of your bed, against the wall or free standing. Your remote control will even work through the cabinet with all components enclosed as a result of the built-in IR receiver. It even has a built in power receptacle.

The Homestead cabinet is now available in a light brown oak as well as a medium oak finish. This cabinet has a more rustic look and would be at home in a cozy, old-fashioned den. 

We're proud of the “X” detail styling on the front panel is unique calls to mind the hand-crafted furniture of old. However, this cabinet has all of the

features of a modern piece of furniture as well. It can be scaled to hold a 60” flat screen above the three cabinet doors and drawers with pull-out shelves. It even has a removable wine rack.

Our Sanctuary TV lift cabinet is available in black, brown, and espresso finishes and is designed with a sleek, modern look in mind. With two large paneled doors, this cabinet demonstrates smooth, crisp lines that look at home in any living room, den or, or guest room. One of the three colors will fit in with just about any décor theme. Inside this minimalist cabinet, all of the features you've come to expect from TV Lift Cabinets are concealed, including cable management, a power receptacle for the TV, and outboard manual controls and surge protection. 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Superbowl Fans, Hoist Your TV Lift Cabinets!

This year, Super Bowl XLVIII is on February 2nd and will feature the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos meeting in New York at MetLife stadium. Of course you'd prefer to be at the game itself, but as football fans, we've always felt that relaxing in your perfectly-designed den or lounge is the next best thing. There have been talks of rescheduling the game because of snow and cold weather, so the home-viewing route may start to look far more appealing as the day gets closer.

Is your living room in top shape for the yearly festivities? Whether you're celebrating a win or lamenting a loss, your lounge, den, or living room needs to be decked out with all of the necessities to make watching the game the great experience that it should be. We always recommend a TV lift cabinet or TV lift to maximize viewing angles, hide your TV when it's not in use, and just to spice up the décor in your living space. Maybe it's even time for a new TV (is that old one going to be impressive enough to your buddies?). If so, there's no better time to upgrade your entertainment furniture with a TV lift. We can accommodate the vast majority of TV sizes, no matter how large, and offer custom cabinets for those.

The Super Bowl is known as an entertainment holiday as well, not just for football fans. The NFL has done tremendous work the last few years to make the experience of watching the Super Bowl fun for the whole family. With the emphasis on entertaining commercials and exciting halftime shows, it's great to have an entertainment space that accommodates the whole family. The halftime show this year will feature Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, likely in an attempt to draw in a younger audience.  

Whoever you rout for, we are sure they will be impressed and entertained by your new tv lift cabinet!

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Year, New TV Lifts

The new Seagate TV Lift starting at only $1999
The New Year is a great time to make drastic changes in your life. It's an easily noted marker where you can start resolutions, break old habits, or just try to improve your day­-to­-day life. Some bloggers suggest adding a TV lift cabinet into the equation to improve the strength of their resolutions. For example, adding a TV lift into your exercise room can motivate you to spend more time on the treadmill or elliptical watching TV and getting the exercise you've promised.

Others have thrown out the idea that having a foot ­of ­the ­bed lift on a timer will motivate you to go to sleep on time. When the TV turns off and retracts, you know it's time to go to sleep! Sometimes that extra step will keep you from turning it back on when you know you should be sleeping. Installing a TV lift into your kitchen is also a good way to motivate you to spend more time cooking. This is a great way to save money and eat healthier, but is also a great way to relax. Having a lift will even keep the TV safe when you aren't using it, protecting it from kitchen hazards like splashing water or grease.

This year, TV Lift Cabinet has released two notable new cabinets: the Addison and the Seagate. The Addison is a modern ­styled cabinet with all of the standard features we pride ourselves on here at TVLiftCabinet.com. It uses horizontal slats to add shadow and depth to the front of the cabinet, creating a striking piece of furniture that also happens to function as a TV lift.

The Seagate has a more classic style, looking like a dresser or cabinet, but includes all of our 
standard features as well. Both of these cabinets would make a great addition to a den or living
room that need a style upgrade, or just to any room in your house that would benefit from having a concealed TV.

Weather you are adding space or convienence to your home, a TV Lift Cabinet will start your year off right! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Building Your Own TV Lift

360 Degree Swivel Mechanism
There has been an increase over the past few years in the popularity of DIY and home­ designed devices or “hacks,” and home entertainment is often the home of these private innovations. At TVLiftCabinet.com, we try to offer a TV lift cabinet for every possible implementation or use, but sometimes people just want the bare bones of a TV lift to customize into whatever project they have in mind. For this, we sell bare mechanisms, designed for the minimalist or DIY­er in mind.

Our lifts, just like our TV lift cabinets, are designed to rigorous standards and tested for 20+ years of use and are 100% UL recognized (the gold standard in safety), making sure that your TV won't take an unfortunate spill. In addition to being extremely safe and easy to operate, our TV lifts are ultra ­quiet (due to a self ­lubricating gear system) and are set up easily with only two bolts. Typical installation is somewhere around 10 minutes. Built in safety features include surge and thermal overload protection. Also, built in sensors keep track of pressure on the mechanism to prevent pinched fingers. We back all of this up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Over the last decade we have designed and built lift mechanisms for all sorts of different needs, from yachts and motorhomes, to furniture designers that want to include our designs in their products. Architects have even included our lifts in high-end luxury homes.

If you decide that the time or effort commitment necessary to building a cabinet or other design from scratch isn't something you want to tackle, you can always go with one of our standard TV lift cabinets. We even offer custom designs to match any space or visual theme. If you build your own TV Lift, we'd love to see it!

Monday, January 13, 2014

New TV Models Take CES by Storm

Samsung's new bendable 105" TV
Each year, the Consumer Electronics Expo (CES) exhibits the latest and greatest in the field of consumer technology, not the least of which are often the biggest and best new TVs. Both Samsung and Sony are releasing revolutionary new designs this year in the form of Samsung's 105 inch Curved UHD TV (and its 85 inch smaller model) and Sony's new Bravia UHD TVs.

Both of these new models are revolutionary not because of their size and resolution (both of which are very notable), but because of the advances being made toward creating lifelike graphics on screen. The market for televisions was briefly disrupted over the last few years by the popularization of 3D movies and, subsequently, home 3D TVs. However, this trend was considered a fad and abruptly slowed within a few years. During that period, the advances in HDTVs also slowed, but the trend seems to have reversed this year.

In addition to more lifelike displays, Sony proudly boasts that their new TVs are the fastest to start up and begin viewing 4K (or Ultra Hi­Def) content, and built-in streaming capabilities. Netflix's executive, Reed Hastings, even made an appearance on­stage with Sony as CES to back up Sony's status as the best platform for high definition streaming. We firmly believe that organizing your entire media experience into one easy-­to­-use and compact package is the best way to enjoy your television, movies, and sports. Our cabinets feature built in IR receivers, making sure that you can control all the features of your TV set and media accessories without having to have any exposed wires or components. We even offer custom sizing on our TV lift cabinets, ensuring that you will be able to find one for whichever TV you ultimately end up buying.