There are many different wall mounting systems on the market because every entertainment system is unique. Here are three steps to help you select a bracket that is compatible with your TV.
1. Pick the right size
TV brackets vary according to what kind of weight they can hold and the size of the TV. Some are graded for smaller screens, while others have the option of mounting both large and small TVs. Always check whether your bracket can handle the TV you just fell in love with. Despite advances in modern technology, TVs can still be quite heavy so the type of mount together with a quality installation is very important.
In some cases your TV might be relatively compact and not require a larger mounting bracket (these have more metal in them). Purchasing a bracket with a lower weight limit could be a great way to save money in the short term. But shelling out a bit extra on a higher quality bracket can sometimes be worth it in the long run. If you ever replace your TV with a larger one, it means your bracket is probably equipped to handle it.
Check the spacing of the bolts and make sure the pattern is compatible with the bracket. This spacing is dictated by the VESA standard and should support multiple sizes of TVs. It should specify these details on the side of the box.
2. Select single or multi directional
TV mounting brackets can be single or multi directional. There are pros and cons of both.
Some people don’t need to reposition their TV after it’s been mounted. A fixed, or stationary mount, will only face one direction, and is the easiest to install, being an efficient and cost effective solution. This is best when you have a dedicated viewing area and your eyes are level with the centre of the TV when seated. It’s an uncomplicated way to get your flat screen away from the furniture, which is especially helpful in small spaces.
Multidirectional mounts offer added flexibility. In some cases you can pull the TV out from the wall and swivel it for extra visibility. It can offer you the option of comfortably watching TV from a number of viewpoints including the dinner table or the lounge in your open plan living room. And when that late afternoon sun peeks through the windows, rotating your screen can take away the harsh glare.
After having a multi directional bracket installed, often customers will ask “why doesn’t my TV appear level anymore?” This is unfortunately one of the drawbacks to using a multi directional bracket, even after a quality install has taken place. Any movement can cause the TV to not appear level. If the TV doesn’t seem straight, simply rotate it slightly so that it’s straight again. Single directional, or fixed mounts, do not have this issue. If installed right the TV will always be nice and straight.
Most common wall mounts on the market:
- Low profile – typically the most inexpensive solution, quite flush with the wall but may not be compatible with flat panel TVs with a protruding back.
- Tilting – can be placed high on the wall, tilted downwards for better viewing or to reduce glare, similar to a fixed mount as the angle can be locked into place.
- Slim – ultra thin, helping the TV sit as close to the wall as possible, and can be stationary or tilting.
- Articulating/full motion – this bracket has a retractable arm, the TV can swivel using a cantilever mechanism, and it allows for viewing from nearly any part of the room.
- Swivel – these allow for some horizontal movement and sometimes tilting, similar to a low profile mount as they don’t have a retractable arm.
Specialised or ‘other’ types of mounts:
- Ceiling – typically used for mounting projectors, the bracket attaches to the ceiling instead of the wall
- Platform – designed for older models, the TV sits on a shelf held up by an arm attached to the wall or ceiling.
- Under cabinet – used for space saving in kitchens and cubicles, the screen (usually fairly compact) can be neatly flipped down for viewing or tucked away when not in use.
3. Do it right the first time
Make your purchase through a reliable source. Non-compliant TVs and brackets do exist on the market today. Do your research. Incompatible devices and hardware may require an adapter plate. Also, if extra holes are drilled in a bracket or it’s modified in any way it may void the warranty.
It’s vital to ensure you have the right hardware to meet your requirements. Some mounts have level adjustments to make those fine tune changes after the TV is on the wall. Commercial mounts often have a spot for a lock to prevent the TV from being stolen. The best mounts have more bolts and higher grade lag bolts, which are less likely to break when tightened to the wall. Cheap mounts often don’t measure up in quality.
Seating positions and TV placement are important factors when buying the right mount. A qualified installer will offer advice about placement and confirm you’ve chosen the right bracket for the room. They never compromise on safety and quality, giving you peace of mind for years to come.
Read more in our article about things to consider when your TV is mounted.