IKEA has a very dear place in many of our hearts. Many of us have had the experience of walking into IKEA for the first time, wandering for hours in rows and rows of deals that seem too good to be true. Most of those trips end with a visit to the food court for yet another deal that seems unbelievable. So, when you are in the market for a TV Lift Cabinet, can you turn to the Swedish furniture giant? Does IKEA sell TV Lift Cabinets?
The short answer is no, IKEA does not offer TV Lift Cabinets. While they produce a nearly unending product line, they have yet to get into the TV lift market. While there are videos online of customers retrofitting an IKEA cabinet into a TV lift cabinet, the company does not recommend such modifications–and we don’t either. So, why doesn’t IKEA sell TV Lift Cabinets? We have a couple of thoughts on the subject.
1. TV Lift Mechanisms
TV Lift Mechanisms are simple machines. Compared to many of the components in the cars we drive every day they are like a kid’s science fair project. However, while they are simple in design, they are the heart and soul of a decent TV lift cabinet, so they need to be ultra reliable, quiet, and relatively inexpensive.
I hate to break the hearts of IKEA fans everywhere, but IKEA makes their money by taking good looking furniture and then finding ways to build them extremely cheaply. Much of this includes replacing building materials with very low-quality alternatives like particle board and melamine. TV Lift Mechanisms need to be built out of high-quality metal, mechanics, and electronics in order to be reliable and durable and IKEA probably doesn’t have the stomach for the price tags that accompany quality mechanisms.
2. Weight Capacity
Recall the story I shared above about the first time I walked into IKEA. That story may have resonated with you; in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it resonated with nearly everybody who walked into an IKEA for the first time. As universal as this experience seems to be, there is another experience with IKEA’s cabinetry that seems to be equally universal.
Imagine staring at your brand new dresser. It’s shiny and beautiful and, after half of a Saturday, it’s finally fully assembled. So, seeing as you now have an empty dresser in your bedroom, the only thing left is to fill it chock full of your clothes–which you do. Proud of your handiwork, you go about your day. After about a week, you notice that some of the joints aren’t quite as square as they used to be and some of the drawers are sticking–you’re sure it’s nothing to be concerned about. Then, after a year the whole piece is looking a little droopy and pigeon-toed under the unbearable burden of your socks and unmentionables. Does this sound familiar to you?
If you have purchased an item from IKEA, you have probably had a similar experience and you know that they build for style, not for strength. That becomes an issue when a decent TV lift mechanism is 40-60 lbs., plus the TV that weighs in at 25-50 lbs. All told, you are looking at 60-100 lbs. bearing down directly on the bottom of your cabinet… a smidgen more than your average sock drawer.
TV lift cabinets should be built from solid materials like real wood that can withstand years and years of use. Cheap alternatives can imitate the look, but they can’t perform like the real thing.
3: Other TV Lift Cabinet Options
As we’ve discussed, IKEA does not offer TV lift cabinets. So, where should you look instead? Ultimately you need a cabinet that is made from real wood, carries a decent warranty, and has a style that complements your space. At Wildwood TV Lift Furniture, we build every cabinet from only real wood. We don’t skimp or cut corners by entertaining alternatives like particle board or so-called “engineered wood product” as some do. Additionally, every cabinet is built here in the USA rather than across the sea, so we have full control over construction. Finally, our TV lift cabinets are beautifully designed and fully customizable. With dozens of customizations and plenty of add-on options, you are sure to find a TV lift cabinet that suits your taste. The best part is that they are built to last. No drooping, no sagging, no buyer’s remorse. The only downside is that we can’t seem to nail IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs.
Ultimately, we understand that IKEA plays an important role in the furniture world. While we believe in building our cabinets with high-quality materials and construction methods, there’s certainly no hate for IKEA harbored here. At different times in everybody’s life they need cabinets or furniture that are cheap–we get it–heck, we’ve been there. The problem is that much of the furniture sold at IKEA is essentially disposable. Built to be used for a few years and tossed into a landfill. Most learn this and look to higher-quality options after they’ve tossed out enough cheap furniture. If you are on the hunt for a TV lift cabinet, IKEA is certainly not a valid option as they do not carry any TV lift furniture and their furniture is not built to hold up in a TV lift setting. While you may be able to find a YouTuber purporting to engineer a simple IKEA cabinet into a TV lift cabinet, ultimately you will be wasting money on the cabinet as the TV lift mechanism will eventually be more than the poor thing can bear. Start with a quality piece. Start with Wildwood TV Lift Furniture.