Mounting a TV to your wall can save a whole lot of space and this is why so many people are getting rid of their old TV stands and units. As well as this, it looks sleeker and less cluttered to have your flat screen TV on your wall, and can also reach a larger audience as every area of the room is likely to be able to see it. However, mounting a TV is not always straightforward and there are several factors that must be highlighted before attempting this.
Ensure you have a helping hand
With larger TVs in particular, the job is not recommended to be carried out by one person. As TVs tend to be heavy, you must have two people holding the TV whilst it is mounted onto the wall. This reduces any damage to the TV as well as the individual. To ensure that the job is done right, it is advised to call in a professional for this. Mikeharrisaerialandsatellite.co.uk have a team of professional engineers who would be more than happy to provide you with this service.
Chose the correct positioning
When it comes to positioning your TV in a room, first off, it is important to ensure you are aware of what type of wall this is going to be placed on. Most walls are brick and are able to hold and support a TV however, be aware of stud walls, a TV may be too heavy for the plasterboard fixings and as a result, may fall off the wall. It is important to try and avoid placing your TV above a fireplace as this could cause heat damage, or in a position where direct light hits, as this will interfere with viewing experience.
Read the instructions
If you are not a professional, the chances are you have had little to no experience in mounting a TV to your wall. If this is the case, please read the instructions! Instruction booklets can be lengthy documents, especially when they are for tech products. If you want the job carried out successfully, our key tip to you would be to ensure you read each instruction word for word to avoid any future issues arising.
The TV must be compatible with the wall bracket
Not all TVs fit in with one specific wall bracket and vice versa. There are three types of wall brackets including fixed, full-motion, and tilting brackets. It is vital to check the VESA size on your TV which demonstrates the distance between the four mounting holes on the back of the TV. The VESA size of the TV can then be compared to your chosen bracket to ensure that they interlink with one another. Buying a bracket that does not fit with your TV will ultimately be a waste of money. If you would prefer to avoid this risk, why not contact Mikeharrisaerialandsatellite.co.uk who can ensure the bracket will be selected and installed accordingly with your TV.
Ensure you have the correct tools
Mounting a TV requires much more than your new TV and a bracket. Listed below are a few of the key appliances needed:
- Power drill
- Spirit level
- Tape measure
- Stone drill bits
- Stud finder
- TV mounting screws
If you do not have the appliances to install the TV, it may be less expensive and less time-consuming to hire a professional. It is important to note that when selecting the TV mounting screws, you consider the length and width to ensure that these correspond with the TV and TV bracket.
Hide the cables
Once your TV is mounted onto your wall, it is important to make sure that there are no bold cables sticking out from the TV or hanging against the wall. The most common and recommended way to hide cables is by threading them through your wall. The easiest way to do this is by creating a hole near the TV bracket (that will be covered by the TV) and simply pushing the cables through. For cables with excess length, it is recommended to use standard or Velcro cable ties to keep the cables neat and closer together. This means that if you ever need to access them, you are not dealing with a tangled-up mess.