Tips For Mounting a Flat Screen TV

A variety of flat screen TV wall mounts are available at home appliance stores or on the Internet. Wall mounts are important accessories as they can really enhance your TV-viewing experience. If you get an incompatible TV wall mount or you fix one incorrectly, you may not have the best viewing experience and you do not want to risk having your TV fall onto the floor and breaking. The following are some easy tips that would help you find or fix a wall mount in the best possible manner.

Check Out the Specs

Before rushing to the store or clicking on the "add to shopping cart" button, make sure that you understand the wall-mount specifications of your TV. They're usually mentioned in the user manual of your flat screen TV. The specifications of the TV wall mount that you purchase or have should also be read thoroughly. The wall mount needs to match the screen size of the television.

Normally, a particular mount is ideal for holding a TV within a specified range of screen size. For example, some wall mounts have a 26-50 screen size, which means these mounts are ideal for holding a TV screen within the size range of 26 inches to 50 inches. Another aspect is the weight capacity. Make sure that the weight capacity is more than the actual weight of the TV.

Flat TV screens come with pre-drilled holes on the back. Caps made of plastic or some other material sometimes cover these holes behind the TV. You have to remove these caps before mounting the TV. Use a screwdriver or a small knife to remove the caps. An important aspect here is the distance between the holes. These will be located at the corners of either a square or a rectangle. The TV wall mount should have mounting holes at the same distance.

You can get an idea about this distance from the VESA (Video Electronics Standard Association) standard. For example, VESA 75 means the holes are at the corners of a square with a side 75 mm long. VESA 100/200 means the holes are at the corners of a rectangle with the sides 100 mm and 200 mm long. Check the VESA rating of your flat screen TV and make sure that the VESA standard of the wall mount is compatible with that of the TV.

Finding The Best Spot on the Wall

Aesthetic and interior decoration plays a part in finding the right place for mounting the flat screen TV. However, one has to give more importance to the viewing angle. You can see the best picture when the TV screen is at a direct, head-on angle. A sideways angle often spoils the picture clarity.

The height of the mount is also an important factor. The TV should be placed at a spot slightly higher than eye level. You can find an ideal location after some trial and error. Also, when finding a spot on the wall to place the flat wall mounts, you should make sure that it's devoid of any kind of glare. That would be bad.

Take your time and you'll be sure to be proud of your work. You'll enjoy watching shows, movies and sports in no time. Good luck with your project!