Improving Home Design with a TV Lift Cabinet
We all love watching TV, but having a comfortable place to unwind and catch up with your favorite shows shouldn’t come at the expense of the design of your home or–even worse–connecting with the people around you.
- Living room design has become very TV-centric; but there are ways to create a TV-friendly space without allowing your TV to rule your entire space.
- TV Lift Cabinets and TV Beds can be a beautiful way to pull some focus off of the TV without eliminating it entirely.
- Use your home for connection with your loved ones.
Most people enjoy watching tv and movies. That is reality in this day and age. There’s probably scarcely a single person in your life who doesn’t enjoy watching tv and movies with family and friends. It’s true that it can be a wonderful, fun way to be together with your loved ones or to unwind and relax. However, this is surely not the only way to spend your free time or your social time, though many living rooms do not reflect that. It’s become the norm to create a living room that revolves around the tv.
In most homes you’ll find it placed in the center of the living room in the center of the home. The tv is often above the mantel of the fireplace or mounted on the wall toward which each piece of furniture points. It’s not uncommon to see a living room with only seats that face the tv and nothing else. But does that really reflect our lives? We don’t think so. We understand that most people want conversation and reading and playing games to feature in our free time as well. And most parents want to reduce tv time and increase connection time, too. So why not design a living space that reflects that? Encourages it, even? If you’re looking to strike a balance in your living room between tv watching and “living,” a TV lift cabinet is the perfect solution. Let’s dive into 3 main reasons you should invest in tv lift technology.
#1: It Makes Sense
We’ve gotten used to tv-centric design as it’s something you see more and more in people’s homes nowadays, but when you think about it, how odd is that? Isn’t it just plain strange to prominently feature something that is quite literally a rectangular piece of black plastic? We sure think so. It’s certainly not lovely to look at and there isn’t an interior designer or magazine out there that would choose to display a tv. But even in real, non-showroom, non-photo shoot homes, everyone likely has beautiful portraits or decor or something else they’d like to display. Maybe even a view or a gorgeous fireplace. Yet, we’ve all seemingly resigned ourselves to organizing our furniture around the big black box, as if there is no other way to decorate a living room.
There are a few good tv-disguising tactics out there, such as setting up your TV with an “art” screensaver, but it will never look more realistic than the actual art you could hang above a fully hidden tv inside a tv lift cabinet. We say, let’s get back to designing our living rooms for beauty’s sake and not get stuck designing our whole home around a tv just because it’s become so commonplace. When you think of it, it’s actually anything but.
#2: It Removes the Emphasis on the TV without Eliminating it Entirely
No one is trying to pretend that tv watching isn’t a part of their life. Yes, you may want to hide it, but you still want to keep up with the shows you love, have family movie nights, and use tv time as a way to unwind from a busy day or to entertain busy toddlers for a minute here and there. Instead of trying to create designs without a tv, let’s just design smarter.
With a tv lift cabinet, you can set up your living room as a living room first, rather than as a dedicated tv room. Then, let the furniture be positioned in a way that makes tv viewing comfortable but doesn’t send the message that the only thing the room is good for is tv watching. If you have, say, a great big sectional that’s aimed squarely at the tv and contains the only seats in the room, it’s not going to be natural or comfortable to sit and chat with your family members or a group of friends. More than likely you’ll default to TV watching instead. Whereas, when you have plenty of seats that face another seat, you have the opportunity to foster good conversation first and foremost. You can’t expect meaningful conversation to occur if you have to crane your neck to look each other in the eye
When you plop down into a chair that is right across from one occupied by your mother, sister, or friend, you’ll probably find that conversation follows. Whereas when you plop down in front of a tv…you’ll probably just watch tv. With a tv lift cabinet, that tv is ready for you as soon as you’re ready for it. It’s hidden away, but readily available so that you can still host movie nights or binge watch a show on the weekend, but it’s not the only option. We believe that design can help dictate your life. Give it a try and see what happens! You may find yourself reaching for the remote a little less often.
#3: It’s Beautiful
TV lift furniture should be just that–furniture. There are myriad styles to choose from that are sure to fit right into your aesthetic. Midcentury, farmhouse, modern, traditional, etc.; there’s a style that will work for you. It may even be a piece beautiful enough to build your entire room around! Tv lift cabinets can be placed in any spot where you’d put a chest, console table, or tv stand and can be placed to be viewable with any seating arrangement. A great option is to put it against your main wall with a beautiful painting, print, or mirror above that will function as the room’s main focal point whenever the tv is down. Another great option is to have it off to one side, letting a beautiful fireplace or window be the main feature, but where it’s still at the ready when you need it. No need to leave it bare, either. You can decorate it naturally, as you would any other piece of furniture, just leave empty space where the tv will rise up and it will be totally camouflaged. No matter how or where you put it, a tv lift cabinet will always be just another beautiful piece of furniture.
Use Your Home for Connection
TV Lift Cabinets and TV Beds are the perfect solution for a home that is TV-friendly without being TV-centric–and that’s an important distinction. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite shows or a movie, but we believe that screens can get in the way of more important things. More important things such as the feeling, design, and flow of your home. And, ultimately the most important thing, connecting with loved ones.