If you are in the market for a wall mount for your new TV or have a new installation that you'd like to use a wall mount with, then you have probably seen that there is a very wide selection to choose from. Which one is the right one for your TV? Well, in this article we hope to equip you with everything you need to find out just that, the right wall mount for your needs.
The first thing we should look at is going to be the TV itself. We are going to need to look at the weight of the TV (without its pedestal if it came with one) and whether or not the TV is VESA compatible. If the TV is VESA compatible, most modern TVs are, then we will need to look at the spacing of the mounting holes on the back of the TV. After we have established the weight and VESA pattern, we are going to want to look at the area that we are going to mount the TV on. First, we are going to want to find the studs, which are typically 16 inches apart, so that we can know just where we are going to drill out screws, and how much space we will have for the TV. Some people also have a certain look in mind, and want to find a way to keep a certain symmetry with their TV. This will only be necessary for walls that are using wooden or metal studs, concrete and sheet rock can generally be placed anywhere on the wall provided you use the proper anchors and screws. Once we have all of this information we can look at which mounts may suit us.
If you have never had to choose your own mount, or perhaps have never mounted a TV before, then you may be unfamiliar with VESA patterns, though if you know can skip this portion if you're familiar with it. VESA, Video Electronic Standards Association, is a company that helps to standardize and simplify electronic consumer peripheral choices. Our mounts use VESA's mounting pattern as their standard sizing. Despite being an American association, VESA uses metric measurements in their patterns and will come in a width by height format, for examples 50x50. If you are just measuring the inches for width and height then you can use this quick guide as a reference:
|VESA 50: 2"|
|VESA 75: 3"|
|VESA 100: 4"|
|VESA 200: 8"|
|VESA 400: 16"|
|VESA 800: 32"|
All of our mounts use VESA patterns, and knowing the VESA pattern on your TV is crucial to finding the right mount for it.
The weight of your TV is going to determine which mounts are going to work with it. You want to make sure that your TV weighs less than the listed maximum weight capacity of the mount. A lighter TV will not usually have trouble with a strong mount, but a heavy TV paired with a weaker mount can cause a lot of issues. If the TV is too heavy for the mount it can cause the mount tear off of the wall, sometimes damaging the mounted TV, the wall, and any one near it at the time it falls. We usually recommend that you plan accordingly for the weigh of your TV and select a mount that can carry far more than the TV you are seeking to mount.
Types of Mounts
There are three types of mounts that we offer, Fixed, Tilt, and Full Motion. After selecting the area you want to mount your TV in, you will want to consider what, if any, extra restrictions may apply. Will I need to angle my TV up or down, or perhaps turn it left or right? Will I need the mount to just stay in one place and never move? We carry mounts for most needs, and we'll explain them here.
The Fixed wall mount is often considered the basic mount. This mount does not move in any direction and it meant to stay perfectly still and in on position. You may want to use this mount if the TV is going to be in a central location in which you won't need to angle or tilt it to comfortably view it. This mount also tends to be the least expensive of the three mount types, and can often hold the heaviest TVs with greater ease. These mounts will often have the smallest gap between the TV and the wall, and can be favored for their low profiles in comparison to the other two. The trade off comes in the amount of space they leave for cables and devices to be plugged in behind them, with some mounts leaving as little as .75 inches between the mount and the wall.
Tilt wall mounts are very similar to fixed wall mounts in that they do not move from the position they are mounted. These mounts do not move from their mounted position, but are able to be angled downward, and sometimes upward, a certain amount of degrees to allow for a better viewing angle. These mounts are often used when one does not want to have to TV mounted at direct eye level. These mounts tend to be very sturdy, and are sometimes used instead of fixed wall mounts because of the space they provide behind the TV. These mounts can be locked into place, preventing unwanted tilting, if there is no desire to tilt the mount or to keep the from tilting at all.
Full Motion mounts, sometimes called swivel mounts, give the TV a wide range of motion going left and right, coming out from the wall, and often tilting up or down. These mounts tend to give the widest variety of options allowing them to be used in many situations that the other two wouldn't work as well in. Unlike the Fixed and Tilt mounts, the full motion mount does not mount the TV directly to the wall plate, but instead mounts to a plate or railing that is attached to a plate at the end of one or two arms. Because of the articulating arm(s), which gives it the ability to swivel and extend, we often put lower weight limitations on these mounts. These mounts will always have several inches between the wall and TV when the TV has been pushed back against the wall, so they are not often considered for low profile set ups, but many of the mounts will be able to give you an angle of up to 90 degree, enabling installation in a corner without sacrificing the comfort of having the TV facing you.
As previously stated, all of our wall mounts will have specifications that they will meet. Most of our mounts will have a chart under the Full Specs tab of their product page to show just what specifications they each have. Here's an example:
Using this specification sheet, you should be able to find out all of the details of the mount, and using the weight and VESA pattern of the TV, you should be able to find out if it will be a good fit for your TV.