Flat screen and plasma TVs are just simply the best! The image quality is to die for and let’s not forget how much better it is to enjoy your favorite shows on a wide screen. The fact that you have bought a flat screen television means you have style and great taste. “The bigger the better,” isn’t that how they use to say it? However, with flat screen TVs comes the necessary wall brackets.
Most people love their televisions mounted on the wall, it gives your living room an impeccable class and it’s just easier to show it off to your friends and neighbors that way, but you have to be careful when doing it yourself. If you want to have a professional mount your TV for you, then go right ahead. It’s the safer option. But, as far as TV wall brackets and wall mounting are concerned, anybody can do it.
It’s truly not that complicated. It’s just like installing shelf brackets to mount any kind of shelving unit such as floating shelves. That being said, it does require a bit of care. You don’t want to bring your precious TV home only to break it on the first day because you got the mounting wrong. Here are five mistakes to avoid when mounting your flat screen TV.
TV Wall Brackets: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
Not choosing the right TV wall bracket
Most, if not all, TV’s come with their very own wall brackets. These are specifically designed to carry the weight of the device and support it when mounted on the wall. What some people choose to do is to go out and look for a different bracket for whatever reason they choose to give you. As much as you have your own aesthetic guidelines, you might want to carefully consider using the standard wall bracket that came with your TV. It has the right dimensions, the right screws, and was specifically built to accommodate your TV’s size and weight. So why complicate things? Getting a different one for whatever reason may pose problems when it comes to these parameters. All of them have to be met if your television is to be safe on the wall.
Not choosing the right wall
Actually, you can’t really change your entire wall just because you want to mount your TV. However, the least you can do is pay attention to what type of wall you’re choosing and see if it will require re-enforcing. Sheetrock walls need to be re-enforced, or you will most certainly see your TV hit the ground in a couple of days. See if your wall can accommodate and support the weight and check what type of nails or screws are needed according to the wall characteristics.
Not allowing for cable management
This is just a simple oversight, but it can be very frustrating. There are many wires that make your home entertainment system work just the way you like it. Your television will need power, which means a power cable, and it also needs to be connected to your home theatre, among other add-ons. So don’t forget to leave enough room for all these cables at the back of your TV. Some wall brackets have an allowance for this, whereas others don’t. It’s up to you to make sure that this aspect is not forgotten; otherwise you might have to repeat the whole mounting process.
Altering and adding components onto the wall bracket
The manufacturer always clearly stipulates what the bracket can hold. Adding on to this weight or altering the wall bracket in any way only opens you up to potential damage. Don’t play around with your TV bracket, simply install it as instructed and only place on it the allowed weight and components.
Not considering the right mount placement
Placing the TV on top of your fireplace can look very classy, but is often not practical. The glare from the fire will disrupt your view, the placement is often higher than you think and the heat generated by the fire is simply bad for your TV’s lifespan. You’ll just end up wanting to change the TV’s place, so choose the right area very carefully: not too close to the door and not in any area where there is a lot of movement.
Using the original TV wall brackets that come with your precious flat screen is often the best choice. Be sure to follow the instructions to the letter and don’t make any unnecessary adjustments to either the TV or the wall bracket.