Sometimes, an upgrade in your home is needed. It happens due to many reasons: the increase in the family, more items purchased, etc.
However, buying new furniture isn’t always the best solution. Moreover, it doesn’t always liberate the space.
You can change many things with some automation ideas. Mini and micro linear actuator solutions can help you greatly with it.
Ideas with Actuators for Your Kitchen
The kitchen is always the smallest and busiest place. You need to keep there plenty of things. Thus, some space optimization is always good.
Of course, you can buy new furniture and even a new home with a bigger kitchen. But let us be more realistic.
How can you release space and still save money on solutions without having to change the kitchen? There are some ideas that for sure will help you.
An automated cabinet inside
In the farthest corners of your cabinets, there is always either free space or things that you almost never use. They are stored there for ages, and sometimes, you even don’t remember what you have there.
Now, it is time to change it. Make or buy a rotatable shelf that fits inside of the cabinet. Install it on an actuator. Now, you can use one side where you can place spices, for example.
And if you don’t need spices but to open a new pack of tea, turn the shelf, and the other side appears. This time, it is filled with tea and coffee.
It is convenient because you don’t need to remove all the things to get to those things if they are placed in the darkest corners of a cabinet.
When installing the rotatable shelves, you might find many things that can be thrown away. Use this opportunity also to clean up all the hidden locations.
An automated rack for utensils
Even the most beautiful set of utensils on the wall looks not fine. Moreover, they also take space and make the wall dirty.
What about automating that rack, too?
A micro linear actuator will lift it into the cabinet placed above or even hide it between the wall and the cabinet.
An automated rack for spices
It is good when spices are by hand. But you don’t use them frequently, thus, keeping them all the time on the table is not efficient.
But you can set them up on a nice stand or a platform and with an actuator, automate the shelf. When not in use, it can be hidden in a drawer or under the table top.
A lift platform for your coffee machine
We all have some devices that we don’t use frequently but still want to have them. For example, if you make coffee in a coffee machine but you don’t use it constantly, you can do the following:
- Make a lift platform for the machine;
- Install a lift column in a cabinet;
- Fix the platform to the lift column;
- Make an opening in the table top just above the lift column. Through this opening, your coffee machine will be lifted when you want a cup of fresh coffee. Don’t forget to fix a cover on the opening, you aren’t going to leave a hole there.
Instead of a coffee machine, you can fix any device there. Another option is to make several platforms based on the same principle.
Then, you can hide all your devices. The functionality is kept, all the devices are there, and you have a lot of space. Moreover, under the lift column, you can keep a lot of things.
Ideas with Actuators for Your Office
You can turn your office into an advanced and super functional space. To do so, you need linear actuator systems, some skills, and a very rich imagination.
An automated desk
A height-adjustable desk can be made from your favorite office desk. Just install the top on a functional actuator system.
On the desk, you can fix an adjustable monitor support, a document organizer, and whatever else you might need to work. Don’t forget to fix a drawer. It will help you to unclutter the space.
A chest of drawers is another solution if you have many things to store.
A TV lift system
This is an irreplaceable item if you work from home and have video conferences frequently. A TV in its traditional form can take a lot of space.
And if you have pets or kids, they can damage the valuable item. If you use a TV lift, the TV is safe, and you can adjust it to the needed height to watch conveniently.
With actuators, you can automate even the most hidden corners of your home. With them, you can save a lot of space and you don’t need to buy any new furniture at all.
Now, it is your turn: check what places aren’t used and automate them!
Hayley Mann is a technology enthusiast specializing in automation methods of ergonomics devices. Her engineering background helps her to create interesting articles on technical topics, making them understandable for all readers.