In a world obsessed with on-demand entertainment, there are few things more exciting than buying a brand new television, particularly if you're upgrading to a bigger and better screen. However, figuring out where to place that TV when you get it home can quickly put a spanner in the works. Televisions take up a […]
In a world obsessed with on-demand entertainment, there are few things more exciting than buying a brand new television, particularly if you’re upgrading to a bigger and better screen. However, figuring out where to place that TV when you get it home can quickly put a spanner in the works.
Televisions take up a lot of space – and for most people, it makes sense to use up some of that unused wall real-estate. TV wall mounts and LCD TV wall brackets can look great, minimize clutter, and can even enhance your viewing experience by providing the perfect angle – but DIY enthusiasm can be a serious downfall for proactive homeowners. The truth is that as simple as using a LCD TV mount may seem, tackling a project like this could leave you facing anything from a crooked TV to a huge hole in your wall – or worst of all, a smashed-up system.
From ensuring your wall is strong enough to carry the weight of a 60-inch screen, to figuring out how the accompanying cables will feed into the nearest socket, here are some of the challenges that you should be aware of before you jump into DIY mounting:
1. Securing your TV Wall Mount
Part of the challenge in flat panel TV installation is finding the perfect position in relation to the view and aesthetics. Another important consideration is whether there’s a sturdy wall stud available that can carry the weight of your device. Though stud-finders are available, they can be temperamental at best, often reading seams as studs, and messing up your DIY work.
If you can’t find a stud where you want to hang your TV, you’ll need to use a mounting plate, wall anchor, or stone wall TV bracket. Once again, this requires some careful planning and organization. Without expert help, you could hammer a hole into a hollow piece of wall, or secure a lopsided frame.
2. Finding that Sweet Spot
Once you’ve found a position that works well for your TV wall mount project, you’ll need to think about whether it’s going to give you a good viewing experience. The right height, angle, and location are essential. Placing your TV too high could literally end up being a pain in the neck. Here are a couple of basic rules to keep in mind:
- Never place your TV above too close to a fireplace – the heat from the fire can easily damage electronics.
- Avoid placing an LED TV Wall Bracket in positions where you’ll need to watch them from the side (otherwise, you won’t get a clear picture).
- Make sure that you’re comfortable when looking at the TV – not craning your neck or tilting your head.
3. VESA Confusion
If you’ve never heard of VESA mounting sizes, you’ll either need to start researching right away or invest in flat panel TV installation services. VESA sizes are the set standards that detail where the holes are placed in the back of your TV. If you want your system to be safely and securely anchored to the mount, you’ll need to make sure that your VESA specifications line up. See Flat Display Mounting Interface for details.
4. Making Your Mount Straight and Level
Some avid DIYers end up kicking themselves when they assume they’ve done everything perfectly, just to step back and realize that their newly-installed TV wall mount isn’t level. The problem with this is that adjusting your mounted TV isn’t as simple as straightening a crooked picture on the wall. Either you’ll have to start again from scratch, or you’ll need to inform your family and guests that they’ll need to watch television programs at an obscure angle for the foreseeable future.
Although tightening and loosening bolts can help you to adjust levels slightly, doing so also makes the system less secure. The bottom line is that achieving the perfect mount isn’t as simple as you might think.
5. Hiding Cords
A wall-mounted television can look fantastic, but tangled cords and wires are messy. Professionals can help you plan how to manage the wiring on your wall-mounted TV so you can get the best aesthetic impact in your chosen room. What’s more, organizing your cables properly reduces the risk associated with dangling electronics – a particularly important consideration if you have pets that might get caught in the wires.
The Danger of Poor Installation
Though taking a chance and installing a wall-mounted television yourself can seem like a quick and simple way to save money, in reality it is often not worth the hassle. Not only do you run the risk of an ugly, lopsided installation, but you also face the dangers that can come with a poorly secured mount. After all, in 2009, a two-year-old was fatally injured when a wall-mounted TV fell on him.
Installing your own TV wall mount bracket is possible, but why take the risk of DIY mistakes when you can hire professional and affordable wall mounting TV services offered by Silent Labors?
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