Choosing the right TV wall mount bracket

Wall mounting your TV can be a big decision. You need to choose the right mounting bracket for your TV and home and not necessarily the “best” one which some retail stores will try to sell you. If you haven’t looked already, you will see there are many different styles, brands and sizes out there. Let’s review some of the most important things you should look for.

  • WEIGHT – The wall bracket needs to safely support your TV. In your TV manual, look for the weight of your TV without the stand. Luckily you can search your model online these days and get this number. Now a good rule of thumb I like to use, is to double the weight when choosing a bracket. This gives you a comfortable margin of error and a safer feeling about having that TV on the wall.
  • VESA – This is a term you should get to know. Every flat screen TV comes with at least 4 holes that accept threaded bolts for attaching a wall bracket but that’s where the similarity ends. The holes can be many different combinations of sizes, depths and spaces apart. VESA is a metric distance measurement of millimeters between bolts horizontally and vertically. You will need to confirm the VESA pattern of your TV and find a matching bracket without it being too large. The closer the better but never smaller.
  • DISTANCE FROM WALL – A popular yet often overlooked number is how far the TV will be spaced from the wall. While many new model TV’s are ultra-slim and designed to cool even within a tight space, not all are suited to a slim profile, low distance from the wall. The closest you will get is around 20mm (¾ inch) and furthest could be 100mm (4 inches) plus the thickness of the TV. Before you choose ultra-slim, be sure the cable ports you wish to use on the TV are directed down or sideways as any rear facing ports will leave you with a TV resting lopsided on it’s cable plugs, not a good look and likely to damage something.
  • FLAT, TILT or SWIVEL – Perhaps the most personal choice you get to make is the ways in which the TV can be moved on the bracket. Flat refers to no movement at all, locked to the wall in a perfectly vertical position which happens to be the most secure. Tilting allows the TV to adjust viewing angles downwards when installed above viewing position and/or upwards to access cables. Swivel mounts, also referred to as full motion, allow the TV to be turned left or right while swinging on a mechanical arm(s). In order to turn a TV completely 90 degrees left/right, the arm length will need to be at least half the width of the TV plus a few inches. Swivel mounts also require solid building structures for attachment as the stress on the wall can be up to 3 times the weight of the TV.

While shopping for a wall mount bracket, here a just a few more points. Avoid any aluminum or mixed alloy metal brackets for a TV or monitor over 10kg. Steel is the preferred bracket material both for its strength and resisting flex under heavy loads. You will also need to check for wall stud spacing, looking to see if the bracket will center your TV where you would like it. Some brackets have wider wall plates with ability to slide left/right while others mount on a single stud and no adjustment.

Hopefully some of this will help you in your decision. Remember that a higher price does not always guarantee a better match to your TV and home. If you are unsure, call us to go over the options and help you with your installation.