How to wall-mount a flat screen TV
Because a flat screen TV doesn’t have a bulky picture tube, it’s possible to mount it on the wall just like a painting. As well as that you can also buy stylish TV supports, which also conceal the cables. Different types of mounting systems are available – for example fixed and adjustable, so you first need to decide what kind you want to use.
Before drilling holes in the wall, first make sure there are no water or gas pipes or electric cables at the place where you intend to drill. Special electronic detectors are available to find the positions of any hidden pipes or cables.
Marking the right position
Decide where you want to mount your TV. You can place it flat against the wall, or you can make it adjustable by rotation or tilting. That can be useful to find the best viewing angle from different positions (for example from the kitchen).
Finding the right height
The standard rule is that the bottom edge of a flat-screen TV should be 50 to 60 cm above the floor. Of course that also depends on your own situation. It’s a good idea to take a piece of cardboard of about the same size as your TV and hold it against the wall. Then look at it from different sitting positions. When you’re happy with the position, you can mount your flat screen TV at the same height.
Can the brackets support the weight?
Only buy brackets that are suitable for the size and weight of your flat-screen TV (check the specifications of the bracket). Read the manual of your flat screen and compare the data. Use good-quality wall plugs and screws, and use all the screw holes provided in the bracket.
Distance from the wall
You can mount your flat-screen TV close to the wall, although that means you won’t be able to adjust the position of the screen. Remember that a flat-screen TV produces heat, and a bigger gap between the screen and the wall allows better ventilation. That also means less chance of dark convection stains caused by dust deposits on the wall, and it also allows you to adjust the angle of the screen horizontally and vertically.
Measure the VESA mount size
To choose the right wall-mounting bracket, measure the distance between the screw holes at the back of your flat-screen TV. The most common sizes are 10 x 10 cm and 20 x 10 cm center-to-center.
Hide the cables
As well as the power cord and the antenna cable, several other cables are often used to connect your flat screen TV to other equipment – for example DVD players, game consoles, satellite receivers and digital set-top boxes. These units are often located in a floor-standing cabinet, so you’ll have to find the best way to route the cables to the TV. A good way to do this is by using a cable duct to guide the cables neatly and hide them from view. Another option is to use a TV support with a shelf to support the equipment.
TipWould you prefer to avoid using an unsightly cable duct? Then you could consider installing a false wall on which you mount your flat-screen TV. If you make the false wall out of panels fitted to a framework of wooden beams, then you can use the space behind it for the cables. Another option could be to run the cables through the room behind the TV, if your home layout allows that.