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Having the TV mounted on the wall instead of sitting on a TV stand floor has become increasingly popular. It makes the room neat and tidy, it keeps the TV away from little children, it is easy to hide the cables and the list of benefits can go on and on. However, you need to know how to choose the wall mount carefully, as there are a lot to be considered.
With wall mounts, it is not one size fits all. The mount and the TV have to be compatible. The mounting pattern, the TV weight and size must be within the limit of the mount. But do not worry! This article will answer most, if not all, your questions about mounting a TV screen on the wall.
No you cannot!. Although most of the TVs in the market today are mountable, not all brands offer this feature. If you are planning to mount your new TV on the wall you definitely have to check if it is possible first.
When a TV is mountable it has a pre-drilled hole pattern on its back. The most popular pattern is VESA. Over 90% of the mounts available in the market are VESA compatible, so if you are buying a new TV, you are better off getting one that is also VESA.
What is VESA exactly? Well, the answer for this question deserves an article on its own. Please click on the link to find our in depth explanation of what VESA pattern is.
No, you cannot! It is not any wall that can handle a bulky and heavy TV. It is not only the TV, but also the mount as well. Even though most wall mounts today are designed to be mounted in any type of wall; it is important that you check the specification, so you can make sure it is compatible with the wall you want to mount the TV.
Brick walls are normally strong enough for most TVs. However drywalls are hollow inside, so you must find the studs inside the wall, so you can install the mount on them.
Studs are vertical wood of steel boards that work as a hard support within the wall. They are normally located around 40cm to 60 cm from each other.
If you cannot find enough studs in the area where you would like to install the TV, then it is not possible to mount the TV on that specific location. This is one disadvantage of wall mounts. You might limit your choices of possible locations to install your TV.
Finding the correct location to mount the TV on the wall is very important. Not only from the wall resistance point of view, but you also need to consider where the expectators will be sitting when watching TV. Mount the TV too high, or too low and it is not going to be comfortable to watch TV. After watching a 2 hour movie you might end up with a sore neck or back. Obviously this is not what you want.
There is an optimal TV wall mount height that you should consider when planning the location where the TV will be mounted. To find that information, you need to consider the size of the TV, the distance the viewer is expected to be from the TV and the eye level from floor and viewing angle. The highlighted article will tell you everything you should know about it.
A TV wall mount is a relatively simple product. In fact, it does not need to be complicated, nor expensive to be a good one. Perhaps the most important common property of a wall mount is the material and quality of construction. You want the mount to be sturdy, solid and last long. The few moving parts must allow a smooth movement of the TV, regardless of how heavy it is.
The optional features of wall mounts are extending and swiveling arm, and free-tilting design. They are good features if you have multiple locations to watch TV, and you need to move the TV often. Rather than that, these features are not really important. If you install the TV in the optimal spot on the wall, and you have just one viewing location, you do not really need them.
On the other hand, cable management is a very important feature. You do not want all the cables hanging from your TV on the wall. You need them hidden. You also want the ability to easily add and remove cables, in case you need to use the ports of the TV.
Selecting the correct TV and wall mount is not complicated, but things can go terribly wrong if you do not plan ahead and take into consideration all the important factors. Study the TV and the mount specification before buying these products. Check the location of installation before starting drilling the wall, select a wall mount with the features you need and, most of all, have a high quality of construction.
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