tv mount guide

This TV mount guide covers what you need to consider when shopping for the perfect tv mount.

It includes all the different types of TV mounts available, their capabilities, explains why a UL certified TV mount is better and also how to select a TV mount based on TV size and viewing distance.

So if you’re a total rookie or a seasoned installer, you’ll LOVE this guide since it covers all you need to know about TV mounts.

So, let’s get to it.

1. What’s a TV Mount?

A TV mount is the mounting equipment hardware necessary to install a TV on a mounting surface.

The truth is: mounting a TV using a TV mount provides several benefits

tv mount installed on the living room wall

So if you are trying to make the room more spacious by using a TV mount to install your tv on the wall, then rest assure a WALL MOUNT is all you need.

But how do you choose the right TV mount?

First, you need to decide which is the TV mount that is better for your type of installation.

Just evaluate if you need the TV to tilt or maybe to angle when it is “mounted on the wall.”

Next, understand the different options available if the layout of the room requires a specific mount.

Then, make sure that you purchase a TV mount that has a lifetime warranty.

Why is it important?

Well, if I’m mounting a TV on the wall is dangerous, then imagine if the TV mount fails!

So, for peace of mind, it is better to fully comprehend everything about wall mounts before safely mounting a TV.

Easy peasy.

2. Why A Tilting TV Mount To install The TV?

tilting tv mount

Use a tilting TV mount when a TV is installed high over a fireplace.

Tilt adjustment also provides for some control over the “glare” from windows or room lights that affect the image on the TV screen.

Typically, a tilting mount angles up and down +/- 0 to 30 degrees towards the viewer.

Pretty cool right?

(Note: You want to purchase a low profile tilting mount that is 0.7 inches from the back of the TV to the wall)

Why a low profile tilting mount?

Well, the closer the TV is to the wall, the better it looks.

In fact:

Most people that spend an excessive amount of money on a TV with the thinnest screen possible want their TV closer to the wall.

Which leads us to the next type of TV mount.

3. Get “Closer” To The Wall With a Flat TV Mount

This type of TV mount holds the TV FIXED against the wall.

And it keeps the TV “closer” to the wall than any other type of TV mount.

flat tv mount

Which means and cleaner and custom look for your room 🙂

But a flat TV mount creates a big problem:

You can’t adjust ’em!

And because of that, I recommend to install them only when the TV will be in the same position.

For example, a room where the TV viewing distance is always the same where the couch is positioned centrally in front of the TV.

4. When To Go For An Articulating TV Mount

An articulating TV mount allows an excellent range of adjustment for your TV.

In fact:

Articulating TV mounts ensure your TV delivers the best picture image.

Based on the three main components for a perfect image on the screen: TV size, viewing angle, and distance.

Plus, here is where it get interesting:

articulating tv mount

I highly recommend getting a full-motion mount for rooms where viewers sit in several locations.

And yes, even if you need to combat the glare that changes depending on the time of the day.

Additionally, this type of TV mount opens more possibilities for more creative TV mounting.

For example, making your TV flush with the custom built-in cabinets in the living room by extending the mount arms forward.

Or when the TV needs to be mounted into a corner because there is no other place to install it.

(Note: Remember to get audio and video cables that are long enough to reach your TV when the arms fully extend).

5. A Ceiling TV Mount Is “The Alternative”

When the only “The Alternative” is to mount your TV using a ceiling mount, it can save a lot of space in the room.

As it turns out, a ceiling TV mount and saving space provide a MUCH better solution to the most common problems mounting a TV.

ceiling tv mount

Think about this situation:

Your house has a patio with a pool, but when you are sitting, you want to enjoy your pool and also want to keep an eye on the football game.

Here is where a ceiling TV mount a great option because it allows you to install the tv from the ceiling and places it right where it’s needed.

Additionally, the pivoting arms provide fantastic “flexibility to angle” the TV regardless of the patio layout and pool design.

Here is the deal:

Mounting a TV using a ceiling mount isn’t much more challenging than installing a TV to wall using a full-motion mount.

Surprising right?

The only DIFFERENCE is that the mounting steps you need to follow will be on a ladder.

Sweet!

6. A Motorized TV Mount With A “Remote”

If you ever wondered if a motorized TV mount with a “remote” is way too much then let me reassure you.

There is nothing better than pressing a button and having the TV come out of a surface to display the perfect picture.

motorized tv mount

The truth is:

Adding a motorized TV mount to a “home automation system” and having the flexibility to control everything with a “Remote” has NO COMPARISON.

7. Use A Video Wall TV Mount For A BIG Display

Using a video wall tv mount to build a SUPERSIZED display that combines adjacent TV screens to reproduce the appearance of one large image.

Here is how it works:

Televisions don’t display content independently but instead having them act codependency in sequence to show one complete big image.

video wall tv mount

What’s the benefit?

It’s a matter of per-unit cost since “large” UHD TVs are costly at large sizes.

Additionally, a multi-screen layout with this kind of TV mount allows for configurations that aren’t merely possible with a single screen.

Which means:

In special situations where showing different video feedbacks at the same time is the only option, video wall TV mounts are the way to go.

Here are some examples:

  • Control rooms
  • Security rooms
  • Airports
  • Libraries
  • Retail stores
  • Stadiums
  • Aquariums
  • Universities

(Note: Most video wall tv mounts come in clusters that can handle 2, 4, 6, 9 or even 12 displays)

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8. Get A “MantleMount” For Your “Fireplace TV Mounting”

So what’s a “MantleMount” exactly?

A MantleMount is a TV mount that incorporates a mechanism comprised of springs and gas pistons that allows you to raise and lower a TV over a fireplace quickly.

Which means:

mantlemount

If “Fireplace TV Mounting” is the only option for the room.

And you are that type of person that believes that the best viewing experience is when your eyesight line aligns with the lower part of the TV that is above the fireplace.

(“Plus, you dread the idea of being on your favorite recliner and having to look up to get the optimum viewing angle”).

Then, I highly recommend that a MantleMount is what you need for your TV above the fireplace.

9. Use A Wall Mount With A “Lifetime Warranty”

A wall mount with a “Lifetime Warranty” is one that meets UL Standards.

UL Standards are essential since it guarantees UL’s extensive safety research and scientific expertise.

UL has more than a century of experience in the development of more than 1,500 Standards; UL is an accredited standards developer in the US and Canada.

In extending its global public safety mission, UL Standards partners with national standards bodies in countries around the world to build a SAFER, more sustainable world.

Additionally, a WALL MOUNT that meets UL Standards comes with a lifetime warranty and follow all the technical specifications recommended by the manufacturers.

There is no need to worry if your TV mount comes with a lifetime warranty, look for the UL Standards log on the box.

tv mount guarantee

Did I Forget Anything?

Like always I’d like to hear from you:

Which wall mount are you going to try to purchase and install?

Or maybe I didn’t mention in this TV mount guide a different TV mount that you have in mind?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.