VESA Wall Mount Specifications – Why Does it Matter and What Is It?

A VESA wall mount is a popular choice when it comes to mounting your plasma or LCD television. VESA is a term that is widely used in the electronics industry, and is an acronym for the Video Electronics Standards Association. VESA is the international body that was founded during the 80s that establishes industry wide interfaces for different electronics, including televisions. One of these mounts is not manufactured by this body – but rather meets their installation standards.

The biggest advantage of the VESA wall mount has been mentioned above. Mounting your television on the wall allows you to increase your floor space; instead of having a bulky entertainment center or television taking up an entire wall in your den, living room, recreation room or bedroom, you can have the television mounted out of the way on the wall. You will also be able to hide most of the cords, cables and wires either in the wall behind the television, or behind the television itself, depending upon how you install your TV. Either way, a mounted television just looks better aesthetically than those that are taking up room on the floor.

A VESA wall mount will get your plasma or LCD television up off the floor and mounted onto the wall – which frees up floor space in the room where the television is going to be installed. VESA configurations are usually groups of four holes in varying layouts and are classified as VESA MIS-D, VESA MIS-E, or VESA MIS-F in square or rectangular patterns.

When you purchase your plasma or LCD wall mount, you will need to note on the package whether the mount is conforming with one or several of the different dimensions that are listed above, or whether it has hole patterns that fit non-VESA televisions. You can find the exact specifications for your particular model of plasma or LCD television mount in the instruction/owner manual that was packaged in with your television. You can also find out which VESA wall mount works with your television before you purchase it, or you can return to or call the dealer to find out this information after the sale. A quick check on the back of the screen can also help you determine which mounting configuration works with your set.