When you have chosen your new TV, you will probably have to face another decision: what to do with it? Is it worth fixing it on the wall or is it better to use its support? With the old tube TVs, there was no option. With the new flat screens, there is the possibility of hanging them, as if it were a painting. What should you consider?
Advantages of hanging your TV
You save space: what once occupied the space supporting your TV is now minimised or eliminated completely, as modern TV wall mount options are low-profile or slimline, behind the TV, on the wall.
More security: if you have children or pets, or if you just do not want to risk accidentally knocking over the TV, fixing it to the wall may be the best option.
You can adjust the height: with a conventional TV stand, the height at which the screen is placed depends on it or the furniture you use. If you mount the television on the wall, you can choose the ideal height for you.
Choose the right wall support
Once you have decided that you want to hang your TV, it is necessary to choose a suitable support for it. Televisions that have been coming out in recent years use a standard, known as the VESA mounting standard, which will vary depending on the distance between the screws on the back of the device and that will be used to fix the TV to the mounting plate.
For example, if you have a TV compatible with VESA 100x100, this means that the distance between the holes is 100mm in the vertical and 100mm in the horizontal directions. You can check the VESA of the TV that you have bought in the manual or, if you do not already have it, you can always search for it online.
But the VESA standard says nothing about two other aspects to consider. The first is the weight. Each support includes a maximum recommended weight. Check the characteristics of your TV to know how much it weighs and choose a support that has a higher maximum supportable weight.
The second is quality. Cheap can be expensive! Choose a good support. It is useless to spend a large sum of money on a television to later repent buying a cheap TV wall support which later leads to the TV falling down – an expensive error! TV manufacturers usually recommend supports specially adapted for your TV model.
If we already know what support is appropriate, we will have to make a final decision: what kind of support to choose? This will vary depending on where we want to place the television.
There are different types:
- Fixed supports: if you want to watch TV frontally, this is the simplest option.
- Tilting supports: if you have to hang the TV above the recommended optimum height, these supports allow you to tilt the screen downwards.
- Supports with tilt and turn: if you want that, in addition to the sofa, the TV can be seen well from a table that you have on the side of the room, this type of support that turns may be the best option.
- Supports with articulated arms: even more versatility than the previous support since they allow angles of rotation of up to 90º.
- Integrated supports with furniture: if you can’t make holes in the wall and despite everything you want to hang the TV, this may be the best option.
Once the support has been chosen, the practical part begins: hanging the television. The first thing to do is choose the height at which it will be placed. This will depend on the height at which your eyes are at the time of watching TV. Calculate 2/3 of the vertical of the television, starting at the bottom. That point should be at the same height as your line of sight. Mark the final position with a pencil.
From here, it is necessary to follow the specific instructions for each support. Before carrying out the installation, as a precaution, check with a cable detector that there are none in the wall just where you are going to make the holes. Use a drill with the appropriate drill bit and dowels depending on the size of the fixing screws. With this, you will have fixed the first piece of the support. The second one will have to be fixed to the television.
Once you have the TV hung, it's time to connect the cables. Depending on the distance from the TV to the wall (beware of this: consult the minimum distance recommended by the manufacturer for the TV to properly cool), it will cost us more or less to connect them. If the TV's connectors are placed perpendicular to the screen, you will probably have to use cables with L-connectors.
Finally, you have to organise the cables. Here, there is a multitude of solutions: use cable management tubes or opt for cable ducts to hide them, among other options.
As you can see, there are many options when hanging your new TV on the wall. Our advice? Choose the mounting that best suits your needs and carefully follow the assembly instructions from the manufacturer.
Published by sandeep Malik