A modern and contemporary style is more frequently featured in most homes at present, especially within the UK. The sales of new build homes are skyrocketing so it is no surprise as to why homeowners adopt a stylish and sleek approach when designing their homes, especially if their new buildalready adopts several modern features. So why keep your flat screen TV on a TV unit or cabinet, this is becoming old-fashioned and nowadays, it has become more popular to mount your TV onto your wall. As TVs become thinner and lighter, it is also a whole lot easier to attach your TV to your wall, and space is utilised in the process. Wall mounting a TV is not always an easy task, so here we will run you through a quick guide on what to consider before and when mounting your TV.
Ask for help
Before you start the process of wall mounting a TV, ensure that you have an extra helping hand! TVs can be large, heavy devices and although they have been manufactured to be a lot lighter as the years have gone on, older flat-screen TVs can still hold a great amount of weight. If you live at home by yourself and have no assistance with the task, we believe that this would be extremely difficult and we would encourage contacting the professionals. Click here for TV wall mounting services.
Read the instructions
Instructions can be a daunting and strenuous thought, especially since they provide an overload of content that most people have no interest whatsoever in reading. However, believe it or not, this paper document can be very helpful in helping you set up your TV. You do not need to read every section of small print however, grasp the basics otherwise, worst-case scenario, your TV may end up off the wall.
Check that you have the right equipment
Most likely, your instruction manual should display the key pieces of equipment you may need to carry out the task but just to highlight, you will need to ensure that you have extra equipment such as a power drill, spirit level, pencils, screwdriver, stud finder, and TV mounting screws. We have only highlighted a few fundamental pieces of equipment and you may need more; this is why we highlight the importance of reading the instructions beforehand. You would hate to begin mounting your TV and then realise it can’t be finished due to lack of equipment.
Choose the right wall bracket
Purchasing a wall bracket is not as easy as a google search and choosing the first and least expensive bracket you see. Wall brackets are a lot more complex than that. They come in a few different designs and three different styles including a fixed bracket, a titled bracket, and a full-motion bracket. You must consider what ability you would prefer your bracket to have. A fixed bracket is pretty self-explanatory, the bracket is secured onto the wall with the TV attached with no ability to move or adjust, it is fixed. A tilted and full-motion brackets both can move. The tilted bracket simply tilts up and down to suit your eye level, whereas the full-motion bracket offers the most flexibility allowing you to swivel the TV around to a certain extent to different directions of the room. A full-motion bracket would suit you well if your TV did not have the option of being placed directly in front of your bed. If placed on the wall next to your bed, you can simply adjust the bracket to face you reducing any neck or eye strain to the viewer.
On the note of brackets, please make sure that you select a bracket that links accordingly with the four VESA holes on the back of your TV. To do this, simply measure your TV’s VESA pattern before selecting the wall mount.
You should have already considered the wall positioning when selecting your TV and before the wall mounting process however, we would like to accentuate the importance of positioning. Do not select a TV that is too big for your wall or room dynamics, even if you want the largest TV in the store, this will look too large against a smaller wall and could potentially cause eye strain to viewers. Alongside this, confirm that the wall you have selected for the TV is strong enough to hold the TV. Brick walls are perfect to mount a TV on however if you choose to mount your TV on a stud wall, you may require special plasterboard fixings so it is best to do further research on this. Click here to contact a professional to ensure this job is done correctly to avoid mounting failure.
Hide the cables & enjoy
Once your TV is fixed to the wall, you are all set to watch. The only issue now is dealing with the cables. Most homeowners prefer to thread their cables through the back of their TV and into a hole in the wall however, an alternative solution is to order a cord cover kit online or in-store and shield the cables against the wall under the plastic panelling cover. Now that your TV wall mounting task is complete, enjoy!