Whether you are buying a TV wall bracket or have just bought one, there are a lot of things that you need to know about selecting the right bracket and correct installation. Understanding the pitfall’s will help with hassle-free installation.
TV innovation is seemingly endless with new models being released every year incorporating the latest and greatest features and pin-sharp display technology. Most TV’s are now either LCD or OLED panels which have reduced the weight significantly over the Plasma’s of yesteryear making it an easier task to wall mount them.
Types of TV Bracket
There are many TV brackets types and styles available, some are very basic in design which can make them easier to fit such as the One For All TV Bracket
This type of bracket is great for very simple basic installation but does not have any type of tilt adjustment which can be useful for eliminating glare on the screen.
There are various types of TV wall brackets available:
- Full Motion
- Ultra Thin
- Under Cabinet
- Ceiling Drop Down
- Cabinet Lift
- Under-bed Lift
- Motorised Swivel
- Pull Down or Motorised Fireplace Mount
TV Bracket Choice
When selecting a TV wall bracket there are many factors that need to be considered. The size and model of your TV is a good place to start. Next the viewing location would come before deciding where you would like to place your TV.
Wall construction is also very important, is the wall capable of supporting the weight of your TV?
Are there any services such as electricity or pipework beneath the plaster?
Can you easily run the cables to the new TV location, do you have to consider cutting them into the wall or feeding the cables through a stud? Maybe surface concealment is the only option.
All modern TV’s have fixing holes located in the back panel to allow them to be mounted onto a stand or wall bracket, this is known as the VESA Mounting Interface Standard. The VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) standard defines the distance in millimetres between the four holes on the back of the TV for fixing to the wall mount bracket. This standard can vary for different size TV’s:
1. For TVs up to 32 inches is 200mm x 200 mm.
2. For TVs up to 60 inches is 400mm x 400mm.
3. For TVs larger than 60 inches the standard is 600mm x 400m
The VESA pattern on the back of your TV is a crucial factor to consider when selecting a suitable bracket.
Buyers should familiarise themselves with the installation process by reading both the television and bracket manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Not doing so could lead to injury or damage to the television. For safety reasons, you may need to call a professional installer or at the very least the help of friends or family.
Before to mounting a TV, you must check to ensure when drilling there are no electric cables, gas, heating or water pipes present. If fixing onto a plasterboard wall ensure you are attaching the bracket to a stud. You can check stud locations beneath plasterboard and ensure no other hazards are present by using a metal, voltage and stud detector
Depending on the TV wall mount used it is crucial that it is perfectly level, next, its time to fit the TV!
TV’s can be heavy, ensure you have help when fitting your TV to the wall as you will also need to attach the power cable and HDMI and/or TV/Satellite cables before hanging it onto the wall bracket, this is crucial when using fixed ultra-thin TV mounts where there is very limited space behind the TV. Always ensure the appropriate fixings have been used for the weight and bracket type. Click the button below for the Sanus – TV Safety Brochure