Don’t hurt yourself when lifting! There are so many lift mechanisms that do the job for you these days!
The one I have in my own kitchen that I couldn’t live without, is the food processor lift.
This baby is spring-loaded so takes all the weight of the machine when you swing it up and lock it into position.
No more huffing and puffing and lugging it to the counter from a pantry.
Once you’ve swung it up, it locks into place so you can leave the machine right on the shelf while you use it, then when you’re done, simply unlock it and swing it back into the cabinet and close the cabinet door. I always add a roll-out shelf beneath which houses all the accessories for the food processor so everything is at point of use.
The other kind of lift that is a fabulous space saver is a TV lift.
Now that almost all TVs are flat, I can design a cabinet in any style that contains the lift mechanism hooked up to a remote
(OMG ANOTHER REMOTE???)
or a wall switch!
When activated, the top of the cabinet either swings open on a hinge, or elevates as the TV comes up. Just let me know the size of your space and the style you want and presto! It can be placed against a wall, at the end of a bed or used as a room divider. You can now do this through my online design program.
Another wayyyy-cool gadget for the TV, although it’s technically not a lift even though that’s what it’s referred to, is the drop-down lift like this one from TechCraving
This is ideal for rooms with high ceilings where there’s an empty cavity above, like an insulated attic, and the back side of it would be painted the same color as the ceiling, minimizing the look of the hatch.
Or how about this cool gizmo…
Do you have a fireplace? Hate lugging logs through the house dropping bark and dirt and other debris? How about a wood lift, called the Wood Waiter from WB Fowler?! How cool is that?
The Wood Waiter is based on the same technology as the decades-old dumb waiter, now known by the politically correct term Handy Waiter which is also practical in a tall home like a townhouse where the kitchen might be two levels up from the parking garage
If you live on a steeply sloped piece of property or have a cottage where you need to get groceries to the house from a boat, there’s the cottage lift from Cottage Lifts Enterprises
Then once you’re inside, how about getting up and down the stairs if you have limited mobility? The stair lift is your answer! The French company, ThyssenKrupp has mechanisms that can handle a curve as well as a straight run.
And for accessibility in the kitchen, which was one of my TOP TEN KITCHEN TRENDS FOR 2014, there are lifts for a whole run of kitchen cabinets which makes access from a wheelchair possible from Freedom Lift Systems
Among those people without mobility issues, some like to work in a kitchen with every cabinet door open during meal preparation. While regular cabinet doors would obstruct the working counter top, lift up cabinet doors known as “gull-wing” doors can stay open and out of the way. These gull-wing doors are on cabinets manufactured by Elmwood Kitchens, the cabinet manufacturer I use when doing a full kitchen design and onsite project management during the remodel.
It seems that no matter what you need these days, you can find a gadget or gizmo or app to take care of it!
So if you’re looking to re-do your home, or just need a helping hand with a furniture arrangement and product suggestions, let me give you a lift with my online design program!
And if you know of anyone else who would appreciate some of these handy gadgets, please share the post…it sure would give me a heckuva lift!