Monday, February 6, 2017

The Best Place to Install an Electric Fireplace

Touchstone Sideline36 Electric Fireplace
The Sideline36 Electric Fireplace is recessed into the cabinet,
adding a warm and welcoming glow to the kitchen.
Photo credit: Marjos Complete Remodeling
Vent-free and maintenance-free, an electric fireplace is a versatile addition to any room. From the bathroom to the great room, an electric fireplace adds ambiance and supplemental heat without the hassle or smell of a wood or gas fireplace. 

Easy to Install In Any Room

Touchstone electric fireplaces are smoke-free, ventless, cool-to-the-touch and easy to install. Touchstone wall mount electric fireplaces attach to any wall and include a mounting bracket for quick and foolproof installation. Touchstone recessed wall fireplaces insert into an opening for a flush mount installation.

With the most natural looking LED flames on the market, Touchstone electric fireplaces look like real fireplaces without all the work. Scroll below to see electric fireplaces in every room of the house. Check out the Touchstone Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery for more design inspiration.

In the Living Room

Touchstone Ivory Electric Fireplace

The Touchstone Ivory Electric Fireplace is mounted directly on the wall, adding a beautiful focal point in the living room.

In the Bedroom

The Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace adds coziness to the bedroom.

In the Kitchen

The 36-inch wide Sideline36 Electric Fireplace fits perfectly in the kitchen cabinetry and creates a warm place for friends and family to gather.
Photo credit: Marjos Complete Remodeling, Virginia Beach, VA

In the Bathroom

The 40-inch wide Forte Electric Fireplace adds tranquility to the bathroom.
Photo credit: customer Sunny

In the Great Room

The 72-inch wide Sideline72 Electric Fireplace spans a wall, creating an inviting spot in a big room.


Designed for outdoor use, the new Touchstone Sideline 50-inch Indoor/Outdoor Electric Fireplace with multicolor LED lights is perfect for a covered patio area.

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Philly Home Show Features Touchstone Electric Fireplaces

Touchstone Electric Fireplaces at the 2017 Philly Home Show
Touchstone's "Wall of Flame" at Booth 204
The Philly Home Show starts today and once again, Touchstone Electric Fireplaces will be featured at Booth 204. An annual home and garden event, the 2017 Philly Home Show runs from February 13-16 and February 20-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Philly Home Show draws thousands of attendees looking for design inspiration and advice. This year’s celebrity speakers include Matt Muenster from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers.

At Booth 204, show goers can check out the Touchstone Home Products “wall of flame,” a collection of Touchstone’s popular wall mount and recessed electric fireplaces. “We love the Philly Home Show. It’s a short drive from our Exton, PA headquarters. It’s great to get out and chat with show attendees and fellow exhibitors. We love seeing the reactions to our fireplaces. Booth visitors are often surprised to learn our fireplaces are powered by electricity, not gas. The realistic flames and cool-to-the-touch fireplace fronts are even more impressive in person,” says Frank Quinlisk, Touchstone Home Products Vice President.

The 40-inch wide Forte Electric Fireplace mounted in a bathroom
The 40-inch wide Forte Electric Fireplace
 is the perfect size for a bathroom.
Photo courtesy of customer Sunny.

Easy to Install In Any Room

Easy to install and integrate into any design, Touchstone electric fireplaces are ideal for big and small home improvement projects. The simplest addition, the Touchstone Onyx and Ivory Electric Fireplaces can be hung directly on the wall in minutes. The Sideline Electric Fireplace collection is more suited for recessed wall installation. Available in four widths from 36 inches to 72 inches, the Sideline model adds ambiance to any room from the bathroom to the great room.

Visit the Touchstone Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery for more design inspiration.

Exclusive Philly Home Show Discount

This year, show attendees can order Touchstone Electric Fireplaces at the booth and save 10% with the exclusive Philly Home Show discount. Stop by Booth 204 to learn more.

Our team will also have information about the soon-to-be-released Sideline Color Electric Fireplaces at the booth. These new fireplaces will feature up to 10 LED color options, thermostats, and easy mounting options.

Philly Show Tip:

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Touchstone Debuts SlimLift Pro and Electric Fireplaces at IBS 2017

IBS 2017 Booth S2884
The Touchstone team departs snowy Philadelphia and arrives in sunny Orlando, Florida today for the start of the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show. The Touchstone Home Products Booth S2884 will showcase electric fireplaces and motorized lifts for the home. Besides a nice glimpse of palm trees in the winter, this show offers the Touchstone team a great opportunity to meet with builders and designers from all over the world. 

At Booth S2884, show attendees can see the new Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift Mechanism in action. The SlimLift™ Pro has all the advanced technology of Touchstone’s Whisper Lift II™ Pro Advanced collection, including an IR sensor, 12 volt trigger support for automation and lift height memory, in a slimmer profile. Its 4.5-inch depth makes the SlimLift Pro ideal for placement in a kitchen cabinet or other compact space. Not just for TVs, the SlimLift Pro can easily be configured to offer easy access to a hidden kitchen mixer or mini bar. 

Touchstone Sideline® Electric Fireplaces will also be on display at the IBS Show. “We do a lot of business with builders and remodelers who love the Sideline’s easy installation. Well within budget, the Sideline Electric Fireplace adds a great selling feature to a home, with minimal cost to the builder. Homeowners love the natural looking flames and energy efficiency. We enjoy meeting with our building partners in person at these shows, as well as introducing these products to more home builders and designers,” explains Frank Quinlisk, Touchstone Home Products, Inc.'s Vice President of Marketing. 

Read more about Touchstone Home Products at the International Builders’ Show at Touchstone In the News.

Touchstone Home Products at IBS2017

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Custom Finished Pop Up TV Lift Cabinets For Large Screen TVs

A custom finished Touchstone Elevate  TV Lift Cabinet
matches the door and wall accents perfectly.
Photo courtesy of Daytime Divas
Shopping for a new flat screen TV? Some TV shoppers put a lot of thought and analysis into picture quality, contrast ratio, 4K vs. HDR and the newest, coolest features. Others simply choose the largest screen at the lowest price. Regardless of how much research goes into the TV purchase, the placement of the new big TV is often an afterthought.

“Go Big Or Go Home”

When it comes to screen size, most of us agree bigger is better. It’s only after we gleefully open the big box and see the super-sized black rectangle that we realize we’re going to need a bigger wall or a larger media cabinet. At Touchstone, we’ve experienced this design dilemma first hand, and we developed our TV lift cabinets with this in mind.

Versatile Style Solution

With plenty of space to conceal most large screen televisions, a Touchstone TV lift cabinet provides the perfect TV mounting solution without a tradeoff on TV size or room style. The versatile cabinet can be placed against the wall, at the foot of a bed or used as a room divider.

For even more TV storage camouflage, many shoppers opt for Touchstone unfinished TV lift cabinets. The unfinished cabinets can be painted to match existing furniture for a seamless design solution. Touchstone will professionally finish the cabinet to your specifications or you can paint it yourself. The unfinished and custom finished TV lift cabinets ship fully assembled.

Design Inspiration

We are continually inspired by the creativity of Touchstone customers. Many customers paint the cabinets in two or more colors to accent the cabinet’s design and match their room décor. Check out some custom finished Touchstone TV Lift Cabinets below.  You can see more design inspiration at the Touchstone TV Lift Cabinet Photo Gallery.

The unfinished Elevate TV Lift Cabinet was shipped to VH1's Daytime Divas TV production set for custom painting to match the room decor.

Below is the custom finished Elevate TV Lift Cabinet, painted to match the door and wall accents.

This Unfinished Adonzo TV Lift Cabinet (pictured below) is beautifully detailed in an American Walnut stain with gold trim.

This Unfinished Bungalow TV Lift Cabinet (pictured below) was custom painted to a customer's specifications by the Touchstone finishing team.

Learn more about Touchstone Unfinished and Custom Finished TV Lift Cabinets. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wall Mount or Recessed Mount? The Best 72-inch Electric Fireplace For You

Touchstone 72-inch wide Sideline72 Electric Fireplace
Impactful design accent with the 72-inch wide Sideline72
Electric Fireplace as a focal point in the great room.
A large empty wall in a room can make a home feel unfinished, like a new canvas waiting for inspiration. Many of our customers solve the common design dilemma of a big blank wall with a wall length linear electric fireplace. A large format flame display adds a warm and inviting focal point to a room.

Our popular 72-inch wide OnyxXL Electric Fireplace and Sideline72 Electric Fireplace both provide natural looking LED flames and maintenance-free heat. At six feet wide, both fireplaces are ideal for optimizing wall space and adding value to a home.

Which 72-inch Fireplace is Best for You?

Wall Mount OnyxXL Electric Fireplace

The plug and play OnyxXL Electric Fireplace is easy to mount directly to the wall. A smartly designed mounting bar is included, ensuring simple installation with level positioning on the wall. Heat vents on the top of the unit take the chill off a room.

Pictured left: OnyxXL Electric Fireplace, mounted to the wall.
Recessed Mount Sideline72 Electric Fireplace

For a flush mount installation, the Sideline72 Electric Fireplace is your best choice. The Sideline72 is easy to secure in a recessed wall. Heat vents on the front of the unit add warmth to any room.

Pictured left: Sideline72 Electric Fireplace, recessed into the wall.

More OnyxXL and Sideline72 Features

Whether you need a wall mount or recessed electric fireplace, the same crowd-pleasing features are available on both the OnyxXL and Sideline72 Electric Fireplaces.

The Sideline72 and OnyxXL 72-inch Electric Fireplaces both include:

  • Classic black frame with a glass front
  • Logs and crystals for your choice of a traditional or contemporary style
  • 2 heat settings warm an area up to 400 square feet
  • Dual heat and flame controls, so flames can be enjoyed with or without heat as desired
  • The most realistic LED flames available with 5 adjustable settings from ember to full
  • Energy efficient and smoke-free
  • No venting required
  • Cool-to-the-touch front display
  • Remote control operated
  • Timer and auto shut off

With the Sideline72 or OnyxXL Electric Fireplaces, you can easily change the look of a room without a major renovation. The cool-to-the-touch flame display is ideal for use around children and pets. These wall length fireplaces are ideal for residential and business use.

Check out our Electric Fireplace photo gallery for design ideas.

Watch the OnyxXL Electric Fireplace in action:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Touchstone Motorized TV Lifts at CEDIA 2016

TV Lift mechanism demos at Booth 6606, CEDIA 2016
CEDIA 2016: Visit the Touchstone team at Booth 6606.
The Touchstone Home Products, Inc. team will unveil the new Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift Mechanism at Booth 6606 at CEDIA 2016. The annual CEDIA Expo 2016 trade show runs from September 13-17, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. More than 22,000 home technology industry professionals will attend CEDIA 2016.

Touchstone Home Products joins Revolution TV Mounts at Booth 6606. The Touchstone team will offer hands-on TV lift demonstrations, showcasing the top rated motorized Whisper Lift II TV Lift, Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced TV Lift and the Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced Swivel TV Lift.

Best In Show Winner

Popular with AV integrators, Touchstone Pro Advanced TV lifts offer state-of-the-art lift technology including RF and IR capability for pairing with universal remotes, 12V trigger for automation, programmable lift height and a 5-year warranty. The Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced Swivel TV Lift won Best in Show at CEDIA 2015.

Introducing the Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift

Award winner Touchstone Home Products continues its innovative product development at CEDIA 2016 with the new Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift. Ideal for small spaces like RVs and boats, the SlimLift Pro TV Lift features a 26-inch stroke. This TV lift fits most 48-inch flat screen televisions and smaller.

Visit CEDIA 2016 Booth 6606

Visitors at Booth 6606 can also meet with Touchstone partner Revolution TV Mounts. RTVM offers a versatile TV mounting system that automatically transitions to display a flat screen television or artwork/framed photo.

Heading to CEDIA 2016? Stop by Booth 6606 and say hello to our team. View the CEDIA 2016 map for our Booth 6606 location.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Design Inspiration at the Touchstone Home Products Photo Gallery

An outside TV lift, featuring the Whisper Lift II TV Lift
Photo credit: Customer Karen
Looking for design inspiration? We just unveiled our Touchstone Home Products photo gallery, featuring pictures of Touchstone products, submitted by our customers. This collection shows Touchstone TV lifts, TV lift cabinets and electric fireplaces at work in their new homes.

Our team loves to see the innovative integrations and style ideas shared by our customers. Our new photo gallery gives us the opportunity to show off these customer creations.

TV Lift Photo Gallery

Whisper Lift II TV Lift Mechanism installed in a vintage truck.
Photo credit: The Rusty Truck
From a pop up TV within an upcycled antique truck to a TV lift mounted inside a piano, we are continually amazed by the ingenuity of our customers. Check out the TV Lift Photo Gallery for ideas for mounting Whisper Lift II TV lifts just about anywhere. These versatile TV lifts can be mounted to drop down from the ceiling or lift up from a cabinet or the floor. Visit the TV Lift Photo Gallery.

Pictured right, Whisper Lift II TV Lift Mechanism installed in a vintage truck.

TV Lift Cabinet Photo Gallery

Adonzo Unfinished TV Lift Cabinet stained in American Walnut.
Photo credit: Customer Ken R.
Browse customer photos, and see how well Touchstone TV Lift Cabinet styles and finishes complement different room layouts and styles. These hidden TV lift cabinets make good use of the space at the end of a bed, by the staircase or under a window. Visit the TV Lift Cabinet Photo Gallery.

Pictured right, an unfinished Adonzo TV Lift Cabinet, stained in American Walnut with muted gold trim.

Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery

Forte Electric Fireplace installed in a bathroom.
Forte Electric Fireplace
Image credit: Sunny via Amazon
Looking for a quick and easy way to add ambiance, style and a bit of warmth to a room? Take a peek at our Touchtone Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery. Ideal for any space from the bathroom to the dining room, Touchstone electric fireplaces are simple to install. See how others have integrated these wall mounted and wall recessed electric fireplaces into their homes and businesses. Visit the Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery.

Learn more about the benefits of electric fireplaces.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Touchstone Introduces 28-inch Electric Fireplace Firebox Insert

The Edgeline Electric Fireplace firebox insert is designed to fit into an existing mantel or recessed wall.
The new Touchstone 28-inch Edgeline Electric Fireplace
Firebox is easy to insert into an existing mantel or wall.
By popular demand, Touchstone Home Products, Inc. has launched a new electric fireplace. The new 28-inch wide Touchstone Edgeline LED Electric Firebox Fireplace Insert can be placed in an existing fireplace opening or recessed into a wall. This firebox combines the convenience of an electric fireplace with the traditional look of a gas or wood burning fireplace insert.

No Chimney, Gas Line or Venting Needed

At trade shows, on the phone and via live chat, we have received many requests for an easy replacement solution to retrofit in a wood or gas fireplace. The versatile Edgeline Electric Fireplace Firebox Insert fits this need, literally. The firebox dimensions are 29.2" W x 19.9" H x 8.5"D, the ideal size to place into an existing opening. Alternately, many customers choose to flush mount the Edgeline directly in a wall and frame with stone or wood to create the look of a wood burning fireplace without the need for a chimney, gas line or other venting.

Authentic Ambiance

The Edgeline Electric Fireplace Firebox features a natural looking LED flame display. The front of the fireplace is covered with a matte steel screen, adding to the authentic look. The true-to-life flames add the same ambiance and beauty as a wood burning fireplace without the maintenance. Learn more about the benefits of electric fireplaces.

Dual Heat and Flame Settings

This smokeless electric fireplace efficiently heats a room up to 400 square feet. The flame display and heating element work independently, which means the relaxing fire effect can be enjoyed with or without heat in any season. Easily adjust the high and low heat settings, plus the four flame settings with the included remote control.

Edgeline Electric Fireplace Firebox Insert Features:

•   Designed to replace a current wood or gas fixture fireplace insert or recess into a wall opening
•   Front panel with timer, heating element and simple controls
•   Features Touchstone's industry leading realistic flame
•   Yes, it has heat! Heats up to 400 sq. ft. with 2 settings available
•    Remote control for heat and flame setting (batteries not included)
•    Dual mode, operates with or without heat for only flame effect
•    Built in timer mode for shut off in 30 minutes to 7.5 hours.
•    Fireplace Dimensions: 29.2" W x 19.9" H x 8.5"D
•    Watts: 1,500
•    BTU's: 5,118
•    Room Coverage: 400 ft.
•    Fireplace Weight: 28 pounds
•    Voltage: 120v
•    Amperes: 11 and up
•    Part number: 80016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How Touchstone TV Lift Mechanisms Compare to Competitor Brands

The Touchstone Home Products customer service team often gets calls from shoppers who want to know how Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV Lifts compare to other TV lifts on the market. Based on feedback from customers, AV integrators and other professionals, here is a side-by-side comparison of the Touchstone Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced Swivel TV Lift versus a similar model from another brand.

Outperforms at a Lower Price

For AV integrators, contractors and hobbyists, the price of the TV lift can make or break a project budget. We get a lot of calls from professionals who are amazed at how the Whisper Lift II TV lifts outperform more expensive TV lifts. The Whisper Lift II Advanced Swivel Pro offers the same advanced features, including IR remote repeater, 12-volt trigger support, programmable height memory and quiet operation, for under $1000 – a substantial savings to competitors’ models offered at twice the price.

The Touchstone Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced Swivel TV Lift offers more features at a lower price, compared to competitors.

Durable, Reliable and Quiet

Customers tell us our TV lift quality is better too. All Whisper Lift II TV lift mechanisms feature a single piston actuator in an enclosed system for virtually zero wear and tear. The steel exterior casing provides added protection for the internal parts. The Whisper Lift II TV lifts are just as durable, reliable and quiet as the higher priced competitors.

Customer Bob shares, “Speaking as an engineer with more than 40 years experience, I am very impressed with the quality of your product (the rugged design, well made parts, perfect paint finish, elegance of electrical design and, of course, your customer service). Congratulations on making this capable lift at such a reasonable price.”

Assembly Time

The Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV Lift takes less than 10 minutes to assemble.
No mechanism assembly required. Simply attach the
TV mounting brackets and connect the wires. 
Time is money for AV professionals and builders. The fully assembled Whisper Lift II TV lift mechanism saves valuable installation time. Many shoppers choose the Whisper Lift II because it’s ready to go out of the box; while other brands require complicated, multi-step assembly, adding hours to the project.

With the Touchstone TV lift, simply unpack the box, attach the TV brackets and connect the wires. Pre-drilled brackets on the top and base of the Touchstone Whisper Lift II make it easy to attach the lift to a cabinet, floor or ceiling in minutes.

Learn how to install the Whisper Lift II TV lift mechanism in a few easy steps.

Easy to Add to a Custom Build

Mountain Modern Life gives Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV lift installation tips.
Image courtesy of Mountain Modern Life

Our friends at Mountain Modern Life recently integrated a Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced TV Lift into a custom built cabinet in their RV. Eric at Mountain Modern Lift does a great job explaining the installation.

Check out Mountain Modern Life's "Installing a TV Lift and Electric Fireplace In Our RV" blog post for more inspiration and tips.

Versatile Installation

The Whisper Lift II can be mounted to the ceiling or other support for a dropdown TV application.
Touchstone Whisper Lift II in a drop down application.
Image courtesy of Architectural Video Systems. 
One of the most popular features of the Whisper Lift II is the ease of integration into any project. The same lift can be used in a drop down TV or pop up TV application from the ceiling, floor, cabinet or other enclosure.

Pictured left, the Whisper Lift II TV Lift Mechanism can be mounted to the ceiling or a support beam. With the touch of the remote control, the TV is lowered into view or lifted out of sight.

Customer Feedback

Image courtesy of Touchstone Home Products customer Juergen
We frequently get enthusiastic calls and emails from customers sharing their Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV Lift integrations. We love to hear from our customers. Your feedback helps us develop the best products and inspires other AV pros, builders and hobbyists. Share your integration pictures with us via email.

Pictured left, three Whisper Lift II TV Lifts side by side, with vertically mounted displays.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Touchstone Introduces the New Sideline Steel Electric Fireplace

A classic style wall recessed electric fireplace with a matte black frame and screened front.
The Touchstone Sideline Steel Electric Fireplace adds warmth
and classic design to any room with its matte frame, screen
front and realistic looking flames.
Touchstone has added the new 50-inch wide Sideline Steel Electric Fireplace to its full range of recessed electric fireplaces. The Sideline Steel model features a traditional screened front with a matte finish black frame. The steel screen front, paired with the most realistic LED flame display on the market, looks like a wood burning fireplace, without the maintenance.

Easy to Install

The Sideline Steel Electric Fireplace is designed for easy flush mount installation, offering a built-in wall style. The versatile Sideline Steel model can also be hung directly on the wall if desired. The heat vents on the front of the fireplace warm a room up to 400 square feet. The flame display works independently from the heater, so the beautiful flames can be enjoyed year-round with or without heat. Learn more.

The Most Realistic LED Flame Display

With the touch of a remote control, the flame display can be adjusted to five settings from soft glow to a full fire effect. The front display remains cool-to-the-touch, offering ambiance without the risks of a real fire. As a testament to Touchstone’s natural looking electric fireplaces, a customer shares:

"The flames were so realistic that when I had my final fire inspection, it totally fooled the fire inspector who thought it was gas and not electric. So you guys are definitely doing an awesome job when the flame can't be determined to be gas or electric." - H. Jean

Learn more about the benefits of electric fireplaces versus wood burning or gas burning fireplaces.

Easy to integrate into any design.
The traditional styled Sideline Steel Electric Fireplace joins the Touchstone Sideline Electric Fireplace family. In the same size at 50 inches wide, the more contemporary styled Sideline50 features a glass front display and a glossy black metal frame. Other sizes include the 36-inch wide Sideline36, the 60-inch wide Sideline60 and the 72-inch wide Sideline72. Pictured left, the Sideline36 Electric Fireplace in a custom built stone wall, courtesy of a Touchstone customer.

Product Specifications: 

  • Matte black steel frame with natural looking logs set behind a fire screen
  • Designed for in-wall placement
  • Dual remote control for flame display and heater
  • The most realistic LED flame display on the market
  • Heats a room up to 400 square feet
  • 2 heat settings plus a no-heat setting for all-season use
  • Timer and auto-shut off

Fireplace dimensions: 50.4" wide x 21.5" high x 5.5" deep
Firebox dimensions: 47" wide x 20.25" high x 5.2" deep
Watts: 1,500
BTU's: 5,118
Voltage: 120v
Amperes: 11 and up

Learn more about the Sideline Steel Electric Fireplace.