DIY TV stand with lift Astor furniture plan


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Build TV cabinet Astor: modern design TV stand with lift

Special, asymmetrical cabinet for flat screen TV, which disappears in the cabinet by means of an elevator system. So you never have to look at your TV when he is not on! Modern, space-saving TV cabinet with space for DVDs and devices. Make this TV cabinet yourself using our building plans with steps by step manual.

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DIY TV stand with lift Astor, made by people like you, using our design furniture plans

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Make this design TV unit with lift yourself

Sleek design TV cabinet you can easily build yourself! This design plan is meant for a 43 inch flat screen TV, a “standard” lift system and two or three pieces of “standard” size equipment. It is easy to adjust the dimensions of the piece of furniture to suit your TV or equipment. When measuring your apparatus, don’t forget to consider any buttons, cables or connectors that stick out. The recommended TV lift is suitable for 32-55 inches.

The design

This TV unit consists of two modules. A shallow part for the TV, out of sight when the elevator is down, and a small but deeper part for apparatus and DVDs. The total remains modest, when the TV is visible and when it is stored. We further have taken into account the following aspects designing this TV cabinet:

We have tried as far as possible to hide all screws. We also detail how, in some places, you can use dowels to join pieces together, such that you don’t need any screws. If you want to paint the unit, you can neatly hide any remaining evidence of screws with help from some filler. In our tips for furniture makers we describe how you can do this.

If you make this TV unit from MDF or plywood, two standard size sheets are all you need. We always try to make our furniture as efficiently as possible from standard size boards. The dimensions of TV cabinet astor have been designed to get the maximum from a standard 122 x 244 cm board.
Finally, the design takes account of the capabilities and limitations of a typical DIY’er and their tools. If you have a hand saw (and in some cases a jigsaw) and a drill and know how to handle them, then you should be able to make all of our TV furniture. To cut the panels, we recommend the use of a circular saw, but you can usually ask your wood supplier to do this for you.

… adjustments

As you might have already seen in the photos of finished furniture, it’s really easy to make changes to the dimensions and/or design. The cutting list and design drawings help to give you the confidence to make any changes you like.

The manual / design plan and drawings

The downloadable manual is in the form of an A4 booklet for you to print out yourself. At the start you’ll find a list of necessities, such as the wood (board or sheet material), screws (size and quantity), glue and any other parts. Also listed are the tools that you will need and a cutting list with dimensions of all the parts that make up the piece of furniture. TV-unit Astor with lift also has a cutting diagram, which shows the most optimal way to cut the individual pieces from standard sized boards.

Each furniture plan contains a number of relevant tips about choice of material, sawing, screws, glue, sanding, painting, varnishing, etc. When dowels are given as an alternative, there is also a detailed explanation so that you can get started with full confidence.

Finally, there is a detailed step-by-step plan for the construction of the furniture, with clear diagrams and simple explanations.

Below are three example pages from the construction manual for TV cabinet Astor.

tv unit with lift diy plan preview Astor

Additional information


Depth 43.5 cm x width 163 cm x height 91 cm. Designed for a flat screen TV, maximum 43 inch, but easily adjustable.


Wood: (2) sheet or board material, 18mm thick, such as MDF or plywood, screws, wood glue, sandpaper


Sawing (handsaw / jigsaw), Drilling, Fixing screws, Glueing


Handsaw / jigsaw, (Battery) drill, Drill bits 2, 3, 5 & 5 mm, Countersink bit, Screwdriver / bits

Brochure A4

16 pages of A4 with cutting list, cutting diagram, clear drawings & instructions and useful tips

Dutch design

Professional design, clean, functional, stylish

Flexibel design

With the manual and drawings it’s easy to modify dimensions and/or the design.

You can do it too!

The design takes account of the capabilities and limitations of the DIY’er and his or her tools.

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