So you have just purchased a new flat-screen TV and now it's time to mount it on the wall. This might seem like a daunting task but at first in this how-to guide we have broken the process down into some easy-to-follow steps.
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Where to Place Your TV?
Many magazines show design plans that feature the TV over the fireplace. This sure does look great but it might not be the best position for you. One problem is that this means that the TV is mounted quite a bit higher than normal which can cause neck strain. Another potential issue is the fireplace itself. A real fireplace with a chimney won't have room for your wires and wall anchors. Some TVs also react poorly to the heat. If you are at all unsure about your TV's safety requirements, it might be wise to place the TV elsewhere.
If you can, choose an interior wall over an exterior wall. There won’t be as many obstructions for the electrical wiring. Make sure the interior wall you choose has a lot of free space, just in case you want to mount speakers sometime in the future. In general, it is also a good idea to keep the TV at eye level but this will differ from application to application. A rule-of-thumb for seated applications is that the center of the screen should be about 40”-45” from the floor.
If you are viewing TV primarily from bar height seating in the kitchen you will need a different height than if you are viewing a TV from your sofa in the living room. You will also need to consider factors such as power (is there an electrical outlet nearby?) as well as look for anything nearby that might cause glare.
What Type of TV Wall Mount?
Take a look at the different kinds and decide which one is for you:
Low Profile TV Mount Bracket
These mounts are also called flat or flush mount brackets. These TV mounts stay in place and do not allow the TV to be moved in any direction. They also sit about 1 inch from the wall which make them great for spots with low clearance.
A flat mount TV bracket offers a sleek designer look but it can be a little more difficult to install than other mounts. The fixed mount also means it can be hard to access the back of your TV to manage your input adjustments. If you need to make cable changes or other adjustments, you might need to take the TV off of the mount.
Tilt TV Mount Bracket
The ability to tilt your TV up or down can help to prevent glare and create a more comfortable viewing position. A tilt TV mount bracket allows about 15 to 20 degrees of tilt in either direction, although there are models on the market that allow for even more. This is a popular choice for TVs mounted higher up on the wall (including over the fireplace) A tilt TV mount is also a great choice for the bedroom.
Swivel TV Mount Bracket
For the ultimate in flexible TV viewing, a swivel TV mount is the way to go. These models sit a bit farther away from the wall than the other two styles but they also offer the most flexibility. If you need your TV to be viewed from multiple vantage points then this is the style for you. Because of their flexible nature, these are also offer easy access to the back panel allowing you to switch components in and out with ease.
There are a few different kinds of swivel mounts: articulating arm brackets, full motion brackets and cantilever brackets. They generally all do the same thing. It all depends on what look you prefer.
Other Types of TV Mounts
Looking for something a bit more unique? There are many other types of brackets and mounts on the market including ceiling TV mounts, projector mounts and DVD mounts.
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What Size of TV Mount to Choose?
The measurements of your TV will also dictate the type of TV mount that you can buy. It's extremely important to ensure that your mount is the correct size for the size and weight of your TV. If you are at all unsure, take the cautious route and speak to a professional before making your purchase.
Getting Ready to Install Your TV Mount
An average TV mount project will require the following tools:
Installing a Plasma or LCD TV Mount
It will probably take you between 1 and 2 hours to complete. The job will go a lot more smoothly if you have a friend or family member to help you. It's both safer and faster if you have one person to hold the bracket while the other one drills.
Before you start, make sure you read through the instructions of your mount and ensure you have all the proper tools and supplies.
This is a general guide to mounting your TV only. Your particular model might vary.
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