A flatscreen tv mounted on a blank wall

How To Choose The Right Mount For Your Flat Screen TV

Flat screen televisions can virtually go anywhere in your home. However, when you are going to buy a mount for your flat screen, there are few things to consider to make sure you get the right one.

Placement

Remember to consider the placement of your flat screen mount before you go and buy. Make sure to measure your space to ensure it will fit, but also consider your furniture placement as well. What’s the point in buying and mounting a television if not everyone will be able to see it? Take a moment and sit in the room you’ll be placing the television and think about where it will be best placed and make sure the mount is compatible in that place. Also, take note of any glare in the room during the day to make sure you chose a good place that won’t blind you or your guests while you’re watching your favorite shows. You’ll also want to make sure it isn’t too far away from the furniture so you and your guests will be able to hear the sound easily.

Studs

After you’ve chosen the correct place, make sure your wall has studs in that place to ensure your mount doesn’t do damage to your wall. Invest in a stud finder and check your walls before you buy a wall mount you won’t be able to use. Mark the places and measure so you can make sure the brackets of your new wall mount are compatible with this space as well.

Swivel

Do you want your television to be stationary, or do you want to be able to swivel and tilt it to allow for personalized viewing? Some mounts don’t swivel and some do, but before you buy you’ll need to decide which kind you want. If you want it to swivel around, make sure there is actually room for your television to tilt and swivel in the place you’ve decided to mount it.

Weight

Flat screen televisions look lightweight and slim, but they can actually weigh just as much or more than a bulky, box television. Make sure you buy a mount that will support the weight of your television or else you’ll have a disaster on your hands. Choosing the wrong mount can result in a broken television, a ruined mount or brackets, or holes in your drywall. Check the specs before you buy!

Last Updated: September 04, 2014