Life is hard. Nobody needs to be told (or reminded, really) just how hard it is. The goal is to make it a bit easier. The automation projects we provide you with here will hopefully do just that – make your life easier. That doesn’t mean that only when everything is installed, your life becomes easier. Installation should be an easy process, too.
Here’s our top four picks.
4. The Automated Recliner
Hours Needed: 1 Components Needed: 1 actuator, 2 mounting brackets, 1 control system. Total Cost: Under $400
Have an old, manual-reclining chair that you wish you could upgrade? Installing an automated system in a recliner is one of the easiest jobs to perform. The job can take less than an hour, and even less if you have just a little experience. It’s as simple as mounting a single linear motor to the chair and the footrest. Wire up your control system with positive and negative power, and you’re good to go.
3. The Automated Television
Hours Needed: 1 or 2 Components Needed: 1 actuator, 2 mounting brackets, 1 control system Total Cost: Under $400
You have a great deal of options when it comes to an automated television. The easiest automated installation is height control. This helps your viewing experience to be more ergonomic by adjusting the television to the proper height for you – or the entire family. Height control is simply a matter of mounting the actuator properly, wiring the control system and siting back to watch the action.
On the more complex end of the spectrum, the devices can also be used for tilt control. This will take more time, cash and effort, but you’ll be satisfied with the results.
For an automated TV lift example, check out this customer submitted video below!
2. An Automated Bed
Hours Needed: 1 or 2 Components Needed: 1 actuator, 2 mounting brackets, 1 control system, and other parts. Total Cost: Varies
An automated, ergonomic bed can make your relaxation experience better and healthier. This project is a bit more complex than the previous ones, but it can be completed in short order with a bit of elbow grease.
If you have the actuator, mounting brackets and control system, all you’ll need is a flat platform on which to mount the actuator for the lift. You’ll want be sure you get a product and a platform that can support the weight being put on it.
1. Automated Doors
Hours Needed: 1 Total Cost: Under $400 Components Needed: 1 linear actuator, 2 mounting brackets, 1 control system
You can easily automated virtually any door in your home with actuators. Cabinet doors, drawers and cupboards can be automated to create a futuristic, easy-to-use experience. Automated your cabinet doors to reveal your television or just to simply impress company.
Check out this video for a customer who has automated massive doors to his basement.