With the way prices have been dropping for flat screen TVs, now is the time to upgrade. When it comes to mounting your brand new flat panel TV, you have a few options to consider. Here is a helpful guide outlining the most popular types of TV wall mounts you have to choose from and a couple of suggestions for you to consider.
When it comes to choosing the right TV mount for your set, you need to first decide where in your home it’s going to go. In order to determine the best location for your TV, you need to make sure that the desired wall has a couple of sturdy studs. While most flat panel TVs today are fairly light weight, you don’t want to risk damaging an expensive piece of equipment by hanging it on a weak wall. There are three styles of TV mount to consider when making your choice.
- Flat Wall Mounts: Flat wall mounts are the most basic type of TV wall mount. Once installed, your TV will hang on the wall like a piece of wall art. This type of wall mount is best suited for the bedroom or somewhere where you won’t need to adjust the height or tilt of the TV screen. Peerless, Chief and OmniMount all make perfectly reliable and very sturdy flat wall mounts.
- Tilt Wall Mounts: Tilt wall mounts are a slight upgrade from the basic flat wall mount, in that you are able to tilt your TV up or down for better viewing. It’s important that you check the features on the packaging before you buy a tilting wall mount, as they may vary. Some tilt wall mounts allow you to adjust the degree of tilt while the TV is mounted, while others require that you remove the screen before making any adjustments. Premier Mounts and Peerless both make reliable tilting wall mounts for you to consider.
- Wall Arm Mounts: As far as TV wall mounts go, a wall arm mount is as good as it gets. An articulating arm gives you ultimate versatility, allowing you to not only tilt your TV up and down, but also to move the TV from side to side as well as bringing it closer to you. Wall Arm Mounts are perfect for gaming, when you need to have the screen closer than you would while watching TV.
There are less popular styles of mounts, such as electric or ceiling mounts, but those tend to be substantially heavier and more complicated to install, often requiring professional installation help.
Whether you are upgrading your television from a standard set to a new flat panel or if you are retro-fitting an older TV to a new mount, you need to make sure that both the TV and mount are compatible. Your local retailer should be able to tell you which TVs work best with which mounts or you can check the manufacturer’s website for an accurate list. An important fact to remember is that even a mount that is deemed Universal still may not be compatible with every single television that falls within its size range.