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Plasma TV Wall Mounts at a Glance

Updated on April 15, 2008
Photo Courtesy of Philips
Photo Courtesy of Philips

Choosing a TV Mount

This is an illustrated guide to TV mount styles.

TV Mounts are good for creating a professionally finished look for a flat panel TV. Clean lines and hidden cables are two prominent features of an LCD or Plasma TV installed with a TV wall mount.

A 20" LCD TV mounted to a white wall over a white country writing desk is one perfect vision of the simple life. Mounting a 42" Plasma in the midst of a home theater room full of silver speakers, rich leather, and plush carpet is affordable high tech chic.

Before you pick a Plasma TV Mount, take a few minutes to think about what is needed in your specific case.

Questions to ask might include:

  • What surfaces can I use for a TV mount?
  • How much does the screen weigh?
  • How much space is available?
  • How much screen movement is ideal?
  • What elevation is the screen going to be at?

VESA Pattern Illustration

Peerless Mount at Big Screen Center
Peerless Mount at Big Screen Center

Plasma TV Mounting Pattern

Check your TV screen's product manual for the words "VESA Compatible". VESA Compatible plasma TVs and monitors have an industry standard pattern of screw holes in the back that matches a wide variety of universal mounts.

VESA is an industry standard that guarantees accessory compatibility across different brands. If your screen is not VESA compatible, it may be necessary to buy an adapter plate (sold separately).

TV Mount Styles

Plasma TV mounts come in numerous different styles. Customers have their choice of mounts that tilt, pivot, stand on the floor, hang from the ceiling, and mount flush to the wall.

Each TV mount style has relative merits and drawbacks. These limitations usually follow the standard that as articulation and possible screen positions increase, maximum weight capacity decreases.

In its simplest form, a TV mount is a flat piece of metal with a pattern of holes drilled in it. As size and complexity increases, prices increase.

Listed below are the different plasma wall mount styles and the features of each one.

Articulating Wall Arm TV Mount - Maximum Post Installation Mobility

Articulating Wall Arm Plasma TV Mount

Usually able to support between 30-200 lbs. They hold a screen 3"-70" away from wall. Check individual models for specific details.

These Plasma TV mounts consist of an arm with 3 hinged points of articulation, one point at the base, the second point in the center, and the third point directly behind the mount plate. The screen can be moved, and the joints can be locked in different positions.


  • Wide varieties of configuration and viewing angles.

  • Available for many screen sizes and weights.

Freestanding TV Mount

Floor Stand Plasma Mount

Usually able to support between 130-150 lbs. Check individual models for specifics.

Floor stands are load bearing stands with legs or a base and a central point that extends up. At the top is an articulated joint that attaches to the mount plate.


  • High weight capacity.
  • No drilling or damage to walls.
  • Cable management in the hollow support column.
  • Several available types for different screen sizes and weights.

Dominate Any Part of a Room

Chief Mount Photo by Mount Center
Chief Mount Photo by Mount Center

Ceiling Plasma TV Mount

Usually able to support between 40-175 lbs. Check individual models for specifics. Popular for digital signage and TV installations in big box stores and airports because they take up zero floor space and wall space.

Ceiling mounts consist of a load bearing pole with an articulated joint that attaches to the mount plate, allowing the angle of the screen to be adjusted.


  • Similar to tilt wall mounts, though with lower weight capacity.
  • Cable management inside the extension column.
  • Manage height with optional adjustable extension column.
  • Attach two screens facing opposite directions with optional adapter plate.
  • 360° of rotation from a fixed position.

Photo Courtesy of Mount Center
Photo Courtesy of Mount Center

Pivoting Wall Arm Plasma Wall Mount

Usually able to support between 25-175 lbs. Holds screens 4"-10" away from wall. Check individual models for specific details.

Pivot mounts consist of a long arm capable of side to side movement and a jointed hinge on the mount plate that allows for various changes in angle.


  • Less expensive than articulating wall arm mounts, but not as much range of motion.

  • Fewer moving parts, which can mean greater durability.

Many Flat Wall Mount Styles

Flat Mounts have a Lower Profile

Flat Wall Plasma TV Mount

Usually able to support between 130-200 lbs. Holds screens 1"-2" away from wall. Check individual models for specific details. Flat Mounts have the lowest profile, or depth from wall, of all the TV wall mount styles.

Flat wall mounts are usually the lightest weight and lowest cost TV wall mount options because of their simplicity of design.

Flat wall mounts do not use an arm. The plasma screen TV affixes directly to a flat wall mount. Plasma screen TVs on flat wall mounts can be moved side to side, and the angle can be adjusted slightly.


  • High weight capacity and low cost.
  • Fewer viewing angles than other types of mount.
  • Lowest possible distance between screen and wall.

Photo Courtesy of Mount Center
Photo Courtesy of Mount Center

Tilt Wall Plasma TV Mount

Usually able to support between 80-280 lbs. Holds screen 2"-4" away from wall. Check individual models for specific details.

Tilt wall mounts are similar to flat wall mounts, but they are sloped at an angle so that the screen faces slightly downward.


  • Tilt mounts have the same advantages as a flat wall mount.
  • Up to +/-15 degrees of tilt to avoid glare.

  • Perfect for screens in stores or restaurants because they are designed to be installed above head level.


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      Some good advice there.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful post!


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