Putting the pop up TV cabinets can be a great way to hide it, or even to reclaim space in a room. While ‘hidden’ TVs were once only seen on MTV Cribs and in millionaires mansions, anyone can build one now. The trick is to make it look like part of the wall instead of a piece of furniture, but there are plenty of ways to do that.
Whether you want to make your own TV lift cabinet or buy one ready made, the process is quite simple. The first step is to decide what kind of structure you will build. This will determine the size of frame that you will need. You should choose a structure that will be strong enough to hold the weight of your TV and at least one or two inches longer than the height of your TV. It is also recommended to use a wood with a nice grain, but plywood will work well too if you plan to stain it.
Next you will need to choose the type of TV lift mechanism that works best for your project. There are several different types of mechanisms, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Some have a fixed lid that will move up and down with the TV, while others simply rise or lower. You will want to read the instructions that come with your chosen mechanism and make sure it will accept the size of television you have in mind.
Once you have the framework in place, the last step is to add the actual cabinet. This should be done with the help of clamps and wood glue. Be sure to use the right type of screws for the job, preferably fine thread pocket screws. You will probably want to pre-drill the hole for the hinges and any other special attachments that may be required. You will also need to drill holes for power cables and a speaker or sound bar.
To give the illusion that the cabinet is actually a piece of wall, you will need to add a back. David uses plywood cut to the correct dimensions, but you can also use a repurposed door. You will want to indent the back about 1/16” for a hinge that will flip open and close when your TV lift is activated. This will prevent the lid from hitting the TV, which could damage it or hurt kids who might have their hands in the way as the TV raises.
You will also want to attach a set of piano hinges to the top board that will rise with the TV. This will allow the lid to swivel and keep the cover from catching when the TV is rising or lowering. This is a small detail that will greatly improve the appearance of your TV cabinet and make it safer for children. It will also be a real life saver if you ever need to store your TV away in the closet.