designate a room for that purpose
only. Instead, they are more likely to
request a panel television in nearly
every room, but with one rule: all
must be hidden — in walls, ceilings,
floors and cabinetry.
We took a
piece of furniture
and had it modified
so it could
incorporate a lift.
up somebody’s antique furniture.
That was my biggest concern —
chopping up furniture that’s priceless. But it went perfect.” The Auton
lift Thomas incorporated has screws
on the motor that allow installers to
adjust within 1/32nd of an inch. In
addition to lifting, the unit also swiv-
els, all by remote control.
Installers like Thomas and Laugesen also see new opportunities on
the horizon. “I think there will be
a lot more applications that will be
available,” says Thomas. “There are all
kinds of possibilities. If you can imagine it, it can be done with a lift.” ◻
“When she’s drinking tea with
guests in the living room, the last
thing mamma wants is to stare at a
television,” he says. “It’s not aesthetically pleasing. The new lifts mean
she can press a button to make the
TV appear or disappear in nearly
any room. They transform the true
meaning of multipurpose.”
Laugesen relies on lifts from
Auton Motorized Systems, which has
been building TV lift systems for 50
years. He says they offer standard lift
systems that will handle 95 percent
of televisions now on the market.
From the shop standpoint, he also
appreciates features that make them
easy to build into cabinetry, such
as detailed technical drawings and
good product support.
Cabinets aren’t the only option
either. Mike Thomas, of Thomas Au-
dio Video in Hayden, Ala., retrofitted
an antique cabinet to house a TV lift
system. “We took a hundred-year-old
piece of furniture and had it modified
so it could incorporate a lift,” he says.
“You’re taking a huge liability to chop
Auton Motorized Systems, television lifts
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