Wall Mounted TV Basics If you've decided to invest in a flat screen TV, you've made an excellent decision. You probably have already researched things like image quality and resolution, which will significantly improve your television viewing experience. Knowing where you'll put your television is important, as well. It is, after all, a device you're likely going to spend many hours in front of. One of the best options for displaying your new flat screen TV is to wall mounts it.
Wall mounting has many advantages. It's a neat, clean look that complements almost every type of dĂŠcor. It also saves you space and reduces all sorts of clutter. You don't need a huge entertainment system to hold a large screen, when it can be placed safely up and out-of-the-way on the wall. It's also easier to reduce the risk of visible wires, because you can run the wires through the wall directly to the television. Finally, wall mounting is almost always the best choice for viewing comfort. You can easily mount the television at whatever height you find most ideal for long-term viewing.
In order to mount your television, you'll need to purchase an appropriate wall mount. The easiest way to do this is to buy one directly from the same manufacturer as your television. Most flat screen TV manufacturers produce, or at least endorse, specific mounts with which their televisions are compatible. These mounts are designed to support the weight of the television safely, utilizing the studs hidden behind your drywall. If you do choose a third-party wall mount, be sure that it's guaranteed to be compatible with your television.
Next, you'll need to consult both the wall mount instruction guide as well as your TV installation guide. What you're looking for, specifically, is a list of the necessary equipment to install and mount the television. Even that equipment which is supposed to be included should be double-checked. Make sure you have all of the required cables, hardware, and tools for installation and mounting before you begin.
Once you're certain you've prepared thoroughly, enlist the help of a friend. You'll find the process much harder (if not impossible) if you don't have someone to help you lift and steady the mount and television.
You'll now want to see if the TV has a removable stand. If so, go ahead and remove it, and attach the mounting bracket portion of the mount to the television. Use the bolts provided. If any are missing, contact the manufacturer for replacements. Then, set the TV out-of-the-way. You'll want to attach the wall mount to the wall prior to attaching it to the television mount bracket.
When attaching the wall bracket portion of the mount to the wall, double-check to make sure you're centering the holes over studs which can support the weight of the television. Use a level to be certain that your TV won't sit at an angle. After the wall bracket is securely mounted, proceed with your TV installation by sliding the TV (with mounting bracket) into the wall mount.