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TV Wall Mount Guide

So you have decided you are going to mount your awesome flat panel TV on the wall. We are about to help you make your decision a lot easier on where to mount your TV, which mount to go with, and ways for a clean installation.

 

Where to Mount

First you have to decide where you are going to mount the flat panel display. Do you want it in the center of the room where it only needs to face straight ahead? Above something where the TV will need to point slightly down? Want to be able to turn and rotate the display to face different areas or two adjoined rooms? This will help you decide whether to go with a low profile wall mount, tilting wall mount, or a tilting & swiveling wall mount.

    1. Low profile
    low profile wall mount

    This type of wall mount will make the TV hang only about an inch from the wall making it look very sleek at both sides of the TV. However, this mount doesn't tilt or swivel. It simply hangs on the wall facing straight like a picture.

    2. Tilting Wall Mount
    tilting wall mount

    Extends the TV about 2 to 4 inches from the wall. These mounts are designed to tilt from 0 up to 15 degrees up or down. This type of mount is great if you want to hang the TV up high and angle it down towards the seating areas.

    3. Tilting/Swiveling Wall Mount
    tilting/swiveling wall mount

    Can extend the TV from about 5 to 20 inches from the wall. These mounts can rotate the TV to the side and tilt up and down. Some are designed to rotate about 60 degrees to the side. These are typically dual armed in design. Others types are capable of panning completely from side to side with a single arm design. Ideal for a corner installation.

Planning

You're also going to have to decide where to put the cable/satellite box, DVD player, gaming system, etc in relation to the mounted TV. Some prefer to hide them in a cabinet, on a shelf, or even in a different room or closet (requires quite a bit more work and money)! Which ever you decide is completely up to you. However, make sure there is enough airflow where ever you choose to put your components to prevent overheating.

*Note: Mounting a TV is not for everyone and you're going to need more than one person to complete the task. You need to avoid any areas where you know there is electrical wiring or plumbing. You may want to consult a professional when installing the mount to insure a safe installation.

Will my TV Fit? What Does VESA Mean?

One common concern for people looking to buy a wall mount is whether the mounting holes on their TV will match the wall mount. A vast majority of mounts are VESA compliant. VESA is an industry standard hole pattern that most TV manufacturers have agreed to follow. Check out your TV manual for information on mounting patterns. It should say the exact VESA standard necessary for mounting, or generally state that it is VESA compliant.

To be 100% sure your TV is VESA compliant, you can measure the 4 holes on the back of your TV. Take both a verticle and horizontal measurement. This is considered your VESA standard. For example, VESA 75 x 75 means that your TVs mounting holes are 75mm apart vertically and horizontally.

If your TV is not compatible with VESA standards there are Wall Mount Adapter available for you.

Maximum weight

Make sure your TV is not too heavy for the mount! Most wall mounts specify the maximum weight supported for your mount to be safely installed.

Clean installation

Since you have decided to mount the TV on the wall in the first place, you're definitely going to want a clean installation. Some choose to hide the wires behind the wall. This is going to require some planning to figure out where the wall is hollow and how it's going to be fed to the components from the TV.

There are also some products available to help you with a clean installation.

* Hole-cover grommets for holes made for wiring from behind the TV (available for a few dollars each from most hardware stores).
* HDMI wall plates and Component Video & audio wall plates that will give your home theater a professionally installed look.

Cables

If you decide to feed the cables through the wall, I recommend CL2 rated cables. This will insure safety since CL2 rated cables have a slow burning outer jacket. It will also insure your house meets most fire codes.

Breakdown

Again, installation is not for everyone. There are some risks involved and you may want to hire a professional to do the work. This guide was intended to help in the planning process of buying a mount, where to install it, and ways for a clean install.

If you're wondering where to find the products mentioned in this article check out our TV Wall Mount section to find the best prices and quality.

I hope you now have a better understanding mounting that beautiful Flat panel TV!