TV wall mounts – the advantages and types

With TVs getting bigger and flatter by the day it seems like standard practice to mount them onto walls rather than finding somewhere for them to sit. There are a number of advantages of having a TV mounted on a wall, as well as a few different ways of ways of doing it.

It is a great way to save space, often buying a table or entertainment centre to hold your TV is unnecessary, it takes up valuable space and can be expensive. Also you’ll need to find a piece of furniture that will hold your TV, the bigger the TV, the bigger the furniture, and in turn the more space it will take up.

There is a certain visual appeal involved with wall mounting as well. All of the wires are hidden providing your living room with a smooth and sleek look. Wall mounting also provides optimum viewing angles. Because you can mount your TV virtually anywhere you can find a spot that puts the least strain on your neck and eyes. Some newer flat screen televisions are designed to be mounted; they will have holes in the back that are attachable to TV mounts with bolts. Mounting a TV isn’t as hard as you may think either; it is a one to two person job and you only need a handful of tools.

One of the best kinds of wall mounts is a low profile mount. These are also known as flat mounts and they are ideal for people who want a smooth look. The majority of low profile mounts allow for a one-inch space between the wall and the TV. These mounts sit flush to the wall and do not turn or tilt, they are great for smaller rooms. The main disadvantage of a flat mount is that it is hard to get access to the back of the TV, so if you’re the kind of person who would be plugging and unplugging various devices it might be worth considering a swivel or tilt mount.

A tilt mount allows the TV to be angled up or down, a useful feature if your TV is mounted higher than eye level. Different models have variations of tilt ranges, normally between 15-20 degrees. This type of mount is useful in boardrooms, retail stores and bedrooms. A swivel mount allows for the biggest range of screen movements and therefore viewing angles. They can turn 60 degrees left or right and come anywhere between 5-20 inches away from the wall. These mounts are ideal for kitchens and living rooms.

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