How to Make a TV Flip Down From the Ceiling?
How to Make a TV Flip Down From the Ceiling?

How to Make a TV Flip Down From the Ceiling?

What do you do first when you come home after a busy working day? The huge odds are that it is switching on your TV. Entering our dwellings in the middle of the last century TV sets have become an inalienable part of our life and one of the interior design staples.

A TV set has firmly established itself as a focal point of the living room and only the advent of flat screens allowed it to unmoor and start its voyage all over our apartment dropping anchor in most unlikely places. Moreover, modern home layouts tend to move a TV set out of sight (if not out of mind) downplaying its significance as a centerpiece of a room.

The latest technological achievements in home automation known as motorized lifts provide a wide gamut of safe harbors for the device – from the end of bed cabinets and kitchen islands to electric fireplaces. Searching for other possible hideaways savvy designers and engineers musingly raised their eyes and came up with an idea to hide the TV in the ceiling.

Drop Down TVs

The picture of the TV slowly appearing from on high and thus requiring no place on the floor seems rather attractive for modern space-strapped lodgings. However, before opting for this solution you should realize potential pitfalls it may entail.

There are 2 possible constructive schemes of the hidden TV mount and the choice of either depends on the available amount of space in the ceiling. Provided there is sufficient room above the ceiling (say, an attic) you can have your TV dropdown (and hide up back) vertically. To see whether this solution is viable you must add up the height of your TV and up to 10'' for the drop-down TV brackets. If the sum exceeds the available space your only option is a flip-down TV. Since it rests parallel to the ceiling it requires far less room which can be calculated by adding together the screen thickness and 4’’ of a fold-up TV mount.

The installation of a flip-down TV lift is rather tricky but it is quite doable for a person whose fingers are not all thumbs and whose toolbox is not a thing to collect dust in the garage.

Photo of TV monitor in city public transport

DIY TV Ceiling Mount

There are two possible ways of positioning fold up TVs.

The first is to attach the flip-out TV mount immediately to the ceiling. To hide the device you may build an MDF box around it and even add some moldings to embellish the construction. Yet, aesthetically, it doesn’t look appealing especially in case the box is quite sizable to house a large flip-down TV.

The second (and more common) option is related to retractable hidden TV mounts that are hidden in a ceiling niche furnished with a lid flush with the ceiling surface.

Whichever choice suits you better the list of necessary materials and tools is largely the same. It includes plywood (and some MDF planks if you opted for an extended flip out TV mount), a fair supply of nuts, screws, bolts, and washers, a swing down ceiling TV mount, some gas springs, a fold-down TV bracket, a power supply (normally, a 12v battery), a switch box, a control box, and – most importantly – a linear actuator. This device is a sine qua non because it enables smooth and precise ceiling TV bracket folding.

Photo of a man installing mount TV on the ceiling at home

DIY Flip Out TV Mount Installation Guidelines

It all starts with making a hole in your ceiling (or making a box in case you decided on an external swing down TV mount) in compliance with the dimensions your TV has.

Step 2 consists of making an L-type hidden TV bracket on the inside of which your screen will be mounted.

Step 3 is attaching your linear actuator to the L-frame and the ceiling joist with the help of brackets in such a way that it could rotate the bracket 90 degrees to flip out the TV. Remember that you should leverage a heavy-duty actuator since its function is to pull a considerable load which means possessing a significant retention force. To ratchet up the actuator using the gas spring which will help to ensure the motion close to the pivot point where extra strength is required.

Step 4 necessitates the construction of a drywall box inside the niche to house all electrical elements of your fold-down TV.

At step 5 you connect the remote control, the actuator, and the power supply. Test functioning the foldable ceiling TV mount without a screen attached to it to make sure it operates properly.

After that install your TV up on the mount and enjoy your favorite shows and sports events. By the way, such a space-saving approach to positioning a flip-down flat-screen TV is applicable not only in homes but in other quarters where a free room is limited. So today you can acquire a flip-down TV mount for a car (for example, a van or RV) or even a yacht.


In modern state-of-the-art homes and vehicles the “lift my TV” technique commends itself to an ever-increasing number of people because it is a perfect solution for premises with tight space restrictions allowing its denizens not to alter the room design and at the same time stay tuned to the current events and entertainments.


Anna Sapiga

AZ Engineer