Underbed Lift Enhances View at Beachfront Suite



Everything from the TV to the motorized shades moves in this innovative beachfront bedroom suite.

May. 03, 2010 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Even with this bedroom’s beach view one might eventually want to watch TV in bed or order up a movie.

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But where to mount a flat-panel TV without destroying this Mission Beach vista just north of San Diego? Easy. Just place the TV in a lift — under the bed. And at the press of a button have it slide out and tilt into view.

Actually, it wasn’t so easy.

First, a special Underbed Lift from MK 1 Studio was required to slide arms from under the bed and position the screen upright. Then, the lift had to be designed into the bed frame, according to Ryan Lipkovicius of custom electronics company Audio Impact in San Diego.

Once the homeowners press a button on their RTI T2 remote control, the TV takes about 32 seconds to rise into view. Lipkovicius says a 39-pound Samsung LED TV was chosen for its thinness and light weight, above all else. It also doesn’t hurt that the LED TV is more energy-efficient than many other types of sets, and that helps make up for the energy required to operate the lift mechanisms.

The TV is accompanied by two 8-inch B&W CC M80 two-way in-ceiling speakers in the bedroom area, as well as two of the same in the adjacent sitting room. The owners can summon music from an XM Radio tuner and iPod docks located downstairs in the main part of the house. A spacious bath area with a cool shower and copper tub is wired for speakers as well, but those have yet to be installed.

When the owners are done with the TV, they simply press another button, and the screen disappears, leaving a not-so-bad beach scene.

Other very cool scene-setting technologies in this master suite include motorized curtains and shades. But these are no ordinary curtains. They’re curved metal and perforated to complement the very contemporary form and feel of the house. (The house encompasses five floors of striking curved layers.)

The curtains close over the curved glass wall of the sitting room, and in the bedroom area three custom-sized Lutron Sivoia blackout shades descend for those rare times the owners don’t want to feel like they’re lying on the beach. Another blackout shade descends to block light from the sitting room.

The curtains and shades are controlled by a Crestron system, with keypads on either side of the curved, custom headboard. The whole-house Crestron system is also tied to the RTI remote — a Crestron touchpanel has yet to find its way into the bedroom — and the homeowners can see a layout of their house via their kitchen’s 12-inch touchscreen.

Rising Fun

You don’t often see a motorized lift slide a TV out from under a bed, lift it and flip it up. The special lift costs about $14,000 and comes from MK 1 Studio.

The steel housing under the bed for the lift, explains Lipkovicius, actually serves as part of the bed frame, which was designed by Ken Ronchetti at Ken Ronchetti Design Group, and fabricated and installed by Design Synthesis of San Diego.

Facing downward, the TV slides out on two arms, which then angle up as the TV is tilted up and into a viewing position. For this reason, the relatively lightweight, 39-pound Samsung UN46B7000 46-inch LED TV was chosen. The set is also just 1.2 inches thick, which also helps with its transport and storage. The lift contains channels for wiring that are 2 inches wide in the tightest turns. Access panels in the bed skirt can be opened to service the lift.

The only drawback to this TV and lift arrangement: It’s an edge-lit LED TV. This makes it thinner than those that have full LED backlighting panels, but it also means a less uniform picture due to it only being illuminated from the sides. Plus, it lacks local dimming, in which arrays of backlighting LEDs turn off in dark areas of the picture, vastly improving both contrast and all-important black levels.

Systems Design and Installation
Audio Impact
San Diego

Shade Installation
Candlelight Systems
San Clemente, CA

Ocean Pacific Design
San Diego

Ken Ronchetti Design Group
San Diego

Room size
780 sq. ft.

Project Duration
1 year

1 Audio Impact Custom Cables
5 b & w CCM818
1 b & w WM4
1 b & w BWPV1
4 b & w CCM80
13 Crestron GLS-ODT-C-500
2 crestron GLS-ODT-W-1200
1 Crestron CAEN-BLOCK
14 Crestron CLX-2DIM8
2 Crestron C2N-IADS24x24
1 Crestron CNX-BIPAD8
2 Crestron C2N-SPWS300
1 Crestron Pro2
1 Crestron CEN-IDOCV
2 Crestron CLX-1Fan4
2 Crestron Clt-2dim8
1 Crestron mm-ds-12
1 Crestron CLT-1DELV4
1 Crestron TPS-12L
37 Crestron CNX-B8
15 crestron GLS-SIM
5 Crestron C2N-HBLOCK
2 Crestron CLX-4HSW4
1 Crestron PAC2
1 Crestron ABAR-1
1 Crestron CNAMPX-16x60
2 Crestron Cen-ups1250
4 Crestron CHV-TSTAT
2 Crestron CNRFGWA-418
2 Crestron C2ENET-1
5 Crestron CHV-RTS
5 Crestron CEN-WAP-ABG-1G
2 Crestron CLX-1DELV4
2 Crestron Clt-4HSW4
11 Crestron Clt-2dim8
2 Crestron Clt-1Dim4
3 Eholovision 203-CR
1 GE concord
1 Integra DTR-8.9
1 Integra DBS6.9
1 Middle Atlantic Shelf and 26” deep rack with plex door, sides, and back
1 Pioneer Elite PRO151FD
2 Samsung UN46B70002 Crestron Clt-4HSW4
1 Lutron Series 4 processor
3 Lutron coil power supplies for shades
16 Lutron shear drop down shades
6 Lutron blackout shades with tracks
8 Lutron custom radius stainless steal curtains for radius windows and doors

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