How to Mount a Flat-Panel Television
With the rapid growth of flat-panel televisions, more and more people are choosing to purchase them and use them as a focal point of their entertainment system. Wall-mounted televisions are a great way to save space while still enjoying a perfect picture. If you have never installed a television, let alone mounted one to a wall, it may be trickier than you think. The first thing you will want to do is choose a wall mount that will best suit your needs.
Choosing a Wall Mount
Flat-panel televisions look best when mounted on the wall using a TV Wall mount. There are three different types of wall mounts to choose from. First, let’s discuss low-profile wall mounts. Sanus Systems has the ML11-B1 for 26”-46” Flat-panel televisions. Even though it is a super slim wall mount, it holds the bottom of the TV away from the wall for easy cable access. This type of mount is the easiest to install and won’t break the bank. Second, is a tilting wall mount. A tilting wall mount has a pivot in the middle of the installation bracket, which makes it possible to maintain a perfect viewing angle. These mounts enable you to tilt your television to minimize any glare while still maintaining a low-profile design. The Certified LCD Mounts brand designs multiple tilting wall mounts in a wide range of sizes to fit different TV’s. Last but not least, there are full-motion wall mounts. Full-motion allows the mounts to tilt, swivel, pan and extend from the wall. These particular wall mounts allow you to easily view the television from any angle in the room. Television wall mounts are made from high-grade construction materials for strength and durability. The wall mounts mentioned above can be used with any Plasma, LCD or LED Televisions.
Where do I mount my TV?
There are two points that you should take into consideration before placing the mount on the wall. First, the height of the television needs to be at eye level while you’re seated. Your TV needs to be at a comfortable viewing level to prevent eye strain for you or your guests. Where to mount the television is one of the most important steps in this process. If it is too high, it will be hard to view, same with it being too low. The best-looking picture is seen when you view the screen straight on. The second point is screen glare. Make sure the lighting in your room does not reflect off the television screen. This can be very distracting and the picture will not look its best.
How to Mount a Flat-Panel Television
There are many different steps that need to take place before mounting your flat-panel television. When mounting your new television, make sure there are at least two people to lift the television onto the wall mount and that the cables have been secured beforehand. If there are any safety locks or tabs, make sure that they are secure and fully functioning. If you decide to go with a tilting or full-motion wall mount, you can go ahead and adjust the television further until you find a suitable viewing angle.
How am I going to hide all these wires?
LCD, LED and Plasma televisions are meant to provide a sleek, sophisticated look to your room so hiding the wiring is necessary. There are a number of ways to conceal your A/V cables. One way to hide the wiring is to try and route them through the back of wall. This technique works well for the cosmetic look of any room but should only be done by someone with the technical skill. An easy way of masking unsightly wires is by using the Monster Cable Flatscreen CleanView, which is an on-wall cable management system. It attaches easily to the wall and it will neatly and effectively hide your cables along the walls.