TV Wall Mount Installation
TV Wall Mounts
Choosing the Right Wall Mount
One of the most popular home theater trends in recent years has been mounting a flat panel TV on the wall. Thanks to the form factor of plasma and LCD TVs, there are a number of affordable mounting options available.
The first step in the TV wall mounting process is to choose the right wall mount for your TV and your living space. There are a variety of mount types - low profile TV mounts, tilt TV mounts and articulating TV wall mounts.
Low Profile TV Wall Mounts
A low profile TV mount puts the TV right up against the wall. So close, that you may have difficulty getting the wiring properly situated. These low profile mounts are good for situations when a clean install is a must due to the layout of the room. Additionally, low profile wall mounts look great with the newer and thinner LED-based LCD TVs. One thing to consider though is that there is no way to adjust the viewing angle of the TV after it is mounted on the wall.
Tilt TV Wall Mounts
Tilt TV mounts work much like the low profile mounts; however, they obviously cannot be placed as close to the wall as a low profile mount. As a result, you may end up with a couple of inches between the back of the TV and the wall. This is generally not a concern for most mounting situations. A tilt TV wall mount can usually adjust the vertical view angle up to about 15-degrees, which makes this a great mount for bedrooms and other non-traditional mounting spaces. The viewing angle can be adjusted on many models with the TV attached to the mount.
Articulating (or Swivel) TV Wall Mounts
Articulating wall mounts are the most versatile of all the wall mount types; however, they are also the bulkiest mount, which means there will be 3-4" of space minimum between your TV and the wall. Most newer articulating TV wall mounts allow you to adjust both the horizontal and vertical viewing angles. You also have the ability to pull the TV a couple of feet away from the wall using a sort of swing arm, which gives you maximum swivel ability when turning the TV to the left or right.
Preparing to Install the TV Wall Mount
After you have selected the appropriate wall mount for your installation, you need to be properly prepared. In order to prepare, you need to read the directions that came with your TV and your wall mount. Some directions are better than others, but you may still come across specific information that is important to your particular wall mount model or TV.
After you've read your directions, determine which tools you will need. A common set of tools for the installation of a TV wall mounts is as follows:
- Drill and 3/16″ bit
- Socket set
- Tape measure
- 2′ level
- A few nails
- Utility knife
Once you have made sure you have your tools together, make sure you have the appropriate hardware for mounting your TV. Additionally, be sure to know which cables you will need to hook up your TV and your other A/V components. Forgetting to buy the right cables can really cramp an installation process, particularly if you plan on hiding the cables inside the wall.
That's it. Now you are set to start the installation of your TV wall mount. Patience is crucial during installation. Set aside a morning or evening to take proper care of this project. While you will probably be able to complete the TV wall mount installation in under a couple of hours, you want to make sure you have enough time in case something doesn't go according to plan.
This concludes part one of my TV wall mount installation guide. In part two, I'll be walking you through steb-by-step and show you how to get your TV on the wall with no wires showing.