If you are short of space, or feel electrical items on show would ruin the look of a room, then opting to hide your plasma television in a cabinet could be the perfect solution. There are many lift mechanisms on the market today, controlled by remote, that allow the TV to rise up out of the cabinet when required and, of course, get hidden away again afterwards.
As you may have read, our furniture is made to order. We have produced Pop Up TV Cabinets in a variety of styles, from something very traditional to something very modern. Each one has had to fulfil a number of requirements, and they have not just been a ‘simple’ television cabinet. For example, the cabinet shown in the image above also stores shoes, by way of two extending side drawers with layers of shoe racks. The perfect addition to a smaller bedroom, where every piece of furniture needs to be useful.
Other cabinets we have made have had to house more usual items, like a DVD player or Sky box. These are still hidden away from view but, of course, we do need to design it so you can gain access to them. It all depends on the design you want but we’ve found that one of the best ways to ‘hide’ them is behind the plinth of the cabinet. Using some clever fixings, all you have to do is push down on the section of plinth and the front will pop off to reveal the DVD player or Sky box.
We can source a range of TV lift mechanisms. The most popular option is a standard lifting mechanism, which can be controlled by remote, where the television simply fixes onto upright supports. However, on a past project with a designer, we used more complex lift produced by Future Automation. The mechanism they supplied allowed the top flap (where the TV rose out of) to go back inside the cabinet, hidden from view. Once the television was fully risen on the mechanism the ’hole’ that had been left was filled by an additional top piece of timber. A very clever bit of kit indeed!
The main cabinet was made up of four pieces of walnut, mitred together (see below). This method of construction allowed the carved detail to flow around the corners, and cover all sides of the cabinet that were on show. The carved detail was from the same pattern used to make the bespoke walnut bed they had commissioned.
This section went over the top of the lift mechanism, and sat on top of the ‘plinth’ that held the space for the DVD and wiring. The top of the cabinet (seen below) was also mitred, and rested on top of the main cabinet section. The central piece you can see is the flap, which is actually fixed to the lift mechanism rather than the cabinet.
Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get any images of the cabinet completed. Although we would normally leave the piece assembled on delivery, in this case, we had to leave the cabinet in sections to allow the sound engineers access to fit the television, DVD player and wiring in place.
A great deal of the furniture we make needs to match in with existing furniture, or the customer’s newly purchased four poster bed. This was the case below, when the cabinet was made to match in with carved panels on the customer’s canopy bed.
Whether you need a television cabinet to fit in with traditional decor or a modern home, we can help design something to suit your requirements…the starting point is “How big is your TV?”