If you’re planning to buy a new flat-panel TV or a plasma TV or you are thinking sticking your current screen on the wall, there are plenty of things to consider before you do it. Good thing I list down the things we need to do before mounting TV on your wall, these tips are from other people and some are my past experiences hanging my tv on a wall.
Here’s the 7 Tips on Mounting a TV on Your Wall, to help us avoid the same mistake other did when they mount their TV on their wall. Check it out to save time. These are best way to mount a TV, and these can help you to create that clean, no-wires look.
Ask someone to install it for you
When I purchased my Plasma TV from Amazon couple of months ago, I already knew that I will mount it on the wall. There was an installer living couple of blocks from my house, which can give me a discount installing my TV in a wall.
The good thing about asking someone to hang it for you is that you won’t messed your brand new TV, or old TV 🙂 They make sure my TV is safe and secured. He is also an electrician and knew the ins and outs of mounting tv on a wall, which is a good thing. He also gave me tips on how to solve heaps of problems that I would face if I install it myself.
Not all Wall Brackets are equal
There are actually three main types of wall-mounting brackets;
- One that sits falt on walls
- One that tilt up and down (moves a little bit)
- One that is fully maneuverable (absolutely flexible!)
If you know me, I always go for the cheapest! The flat-one-the-wall type, (silly me, I know!)
My living room is kinda dark during the day, so the tilting function isn’t required. However, I like to sit on different parts of the house and viewing angle is important to me. Which makes me sit on one chair, and so I re-decorate my living room because of this.
Another things is, if you are using HDMI cables, flat mounted brackets are so close to the wall and your cable won’t offer that much flexibility when you mount your TV. That’s a tight fit for HDMI to handle, you can use a mid-range bracket to fix this.
Know how you plan to use cables
It’s a good thing that you knew what you wanted cable-wise. All of the components that are running through your receiver, with a single HDMI cable to the TV. Particularly with a flat-mounted bracket like the one I am using. Once the TV is set up on the wall, it will take couple of minutes to get it down, fiddle around and get it back up again.
If you’re planning to buy a Blu-ray player in the coming months, pick up a cheap HDMI before mounting your tv on a wall. Prepare the cable by running it on the TV, if you think you would be switching connections every now and then, get the flexible bracket instead.
Hide those damn cables
Nine out of ten, cables are impossible to hide. Not without drilling a part of the wall or support beam, hide the cables and replaster the wall, do a paint job and things to make it like a brand new wall. This will cost you money, it’s always a good thing to run your cables either behind the wood wall (if you have one).
You can try to ask your installer on how you can hide those cables, maybe they can think of an alternative on hiding it away.
Eye-level is important
Of course this goes without saying, but having had an experienced installer come to stick my TV up on the wall meant that I didn’t have to stuff around guesstimating the optimum height for wall mounting my new plasma. For the curious, Paul revealed the secret of TV placement to me: 900mm. That’s the height the bottom of your TV should sit in relation to the ground. Any higher than that, and you’ll probably end up straining like you’re sitting in the front row of the cinema.
Ever feel that you’re neck is in pain after watching TV for a couple of minutes? This is because the height of the TV isn’t aligned to your eye-level. Having an experienced installer, they will know what is the perfect height your wall mounted TV will be.
The standard eye-level should be 900mm, this will vary on your sofa. If you have a huge cushion, you can adjust the height. But that’s the standard that the installed told me.
Installers will upsell you
This is really part of their job, and you should know what you wanted before you ask the installer to mount your TV. Good thing is that I already have what I need, from cables to bolts and tie-up wires. Most of the time, installer will upsell you with cables, HDMI cables and others. It’s best to ask them what would you need and buy it before the installer comes.
Mounting your TV is worth it!
Although I still need to complete my entertainment theater, I am glad that I mount my TV. Takes less space and it’s clean looking on my living room. Having a 50-in TV on a wall if really an eye-candy 🙂
I still think having an installer mount my TV is a good thing, I didn’t break my TV and I learned a lot from him! The work quality is superb and we did avoid any disaster that would happen if I installed it by myself. Having a professionals wall mount your TV is the way to go, if you are new to this, or having any doubt to your skill.
This advice are only to those having a hard time trying to wall mount their TV, I know I do 🙂 But for those who think they can get the job done, then go! Make sure you do the necessary precautions to avoid those disasters to your living room.
Check out this living room mounting a TV on your wall designs!
If you have other tips, let us know! The more tips we have, the better we can wall mount our TV 🙂 Leave those in the comments and I will ad them to the list!