Did you know you could mount your flat screen TV to a multitude of different wall surfaces, including wood studs, metal studs, brick and concrete? In this short article, we will explain everything you need to know!
What is a wall stud?
A stud is a vertical support member located behind your wall. The dry wall that makes up your walls are not free standing; Instead, they are supported by these vertical supports called Studs. In the United States, wall studs are usually 16inches from center-to-center. However, in some areas of the country wall studs are 24” apart center-to-center. To be 100% confident that the wall mount you purchase will work with your studs, refer to the “compatibility checklist” on each product webpage. This will provide back plate dimensions so you can make sure the back plate will span the width of your studs.
How do wall studs relate to TV mounting?
You should never attempt to mount to dry wall alone! By mounting your TV through the dry wall and into the stud you will achieve a much stronger anchor and your TV will be securely mounted. Our TV mounts will have pre-drilled holes in the mounting plate to accommodate studs that are 12, 16 and 24 inches apart. And some of our mounts can be mounted into a single stud.
How do I locate wall studs?
The easiest way to locate studs behind the wall is to use an electronic stud finder. You simply move these handheld devices along the wall and it indicates when there is a stud present behind the wall. We offer an inexpensive, high-quality stud finder here at ArmorMount. You can also use the old-fashioned “knock on the wall with your hand” technique. Most of the time you can hear space behind the wall indicating there is no stud present. When the sound changes (echo goes away), you know there is a stud behind your hand. This method does work but is often less accurate, you don’t want to have “oops” holes in your wall to fix later. Do yourself a favor and pickup a stud finder.
What types of surfaces can I mount my TV to?
Many! The most common surfaces for mounting are dry wall (sheetrock), brick and concrete. When dealing with brick and concrete there is no worrying about studs. You simply anchor the mount straight into the wall. Our mount kits come with all the hardware you will need to mount to dry wall, brick and concrete. Although uncommon, if your residence/business has metal studs in the wall you will need to pick up metal stud anchors at your local hardware store. Luckily, this will only cost you a few dollars.
There are many benefits to mounting your flat screen TV, we will cover the top 5 here.
1. Save Space
Placing the TV on a piece of furniture is not very practical. You will need to find yourself a suitable table, home entertainment stand or object to place under the screen. This table will undoubtedly take up more space in your living area. You also have to make sure you trust the stand to support your TV (big investment). Save yourself the trouble and space, mount your TV.
2. Achieve a Sleek Look
Hanging your TV on the wall adds to your rooms décor. You can hide your TV’s wires to create an ultra-clean and stylish look for your room. Most mounts leave your TV between 1 and 3 inches from the wall. People also create photo slideshows to play when nobody is watching TV, doing this essentially turns your TV into a really cool wall photo album. A great idea for entertaining guests!
3. Optimal Viewing Angle
Mounting your TV on the wall is not done arbitrarily. There is an optimal viewing angle for maximizing your viewing experience. The height chosen is meant to achieve an optimal viewing angle when watching the television. This is important to ensure you won’t develop neck or eye strain from watching at the wrong height. It also ensures your enjoying the full capability of your high definition screen. See How High should I Mount My Flatscreen TV for more on how to choose the proper height.
4. Mounting yourself is Easier than you Think
Mounting a Plasma or LCD TV is much simpler than you may think. The whole job can be completely in under an hour by 1-2 people… we recommend 2 people for heavier screens. All our kits come with complete hardware sets to meet the needs of almost all mounting scenarios. See our article on How to Mount a TV to the Wall for more information.
5. Flat Screens are meant to Mounted
LCD and Plasma TV’s are designed with Mounting in mind. These TV sets will have holes in the rear that are attachable to TV mounts by bolts. Almost all sets are VESA compatible but we will supply the proper adapter if your TV is not. Enter your TV brand and size on our homepage to find the proper mount for your TV. See our article TV VESA Compatibility, Explained for more information.
The optimal height to mount your flat screen will vary depending on the distance you will be watching the TV from, the room layout, and whether you’ll be sitting, standing or laying down while watching TV. But because no setup is alike, we recommend you sit or stand where you plan to watch and place post-it notes on the wall to denote the edges of the TV. Once you’ve found a position that is comfortable for your neck, you’ve found the optimal height for your situation. Note that most people mount their TV too high, such that they are looking upward at their TV. This is to be avoided as it will cause neck strain.
Here are some tips for common installation scenarios…
For most living room installations where you will be sitting while watching, the center of the TV will usually be 3-4 feet from the floor. Low Profile mounts will function well in this setting, as you will be looking at the TV directly at eye level. However, if you prefer the look of a higher installation or if you’re mounting over a fireplace, you will need a Tilting TV Mount. Tilting mounts will allow you to point the TV downward so you can still view the TV easily. The average height for most tilting mount scenarios is four to five feet off the floor.
If you think you’ll be watching TV from various angles (such as lying down in bed or standing up from various points a room), you should consider a Swivel TV Mount, as these mounts not only tilt downward but swivel left and right as well. Swivel mounts are also best for business or office environments where space is limited. Swivel mounts also provide the greatest flexibility to adapt to an ever changing environment. If you decide to re-model or change your store/business setup you can rest assured these mounts are fully adjustable and will not require moving. Like the Tilt TV Mounts, Swivel mounts will also typically be mounted about four to give feet from the floor.
There are 4 mounting holes on the back of your TV (see diagram below). The distance between these mounting holes determine the VESA compatibility of your TV, and therefore which mounts will fit. All of our tv wall mounts are VESA compliant. This means they will fit the vast majority of Flat Screen TVs out there! However, to be certain of compatibility, please consult the “Compatibility Checklist” portion of each product page on our website, or your TV product manual to ensure compliance.
How can I tell if my TV is VESA compliant?
Although the vast majority of TV’s are VESA compliant, there are some models that are not. Please consult your TV product manual for more information. Most manuals indicate the exact VESA standard necessary for mounting, or simply indicate the VESA mounts are supported in general. If this is the case, simply purchase a wall mount within the TV size guidelines of your TV.
What is VESA?
VESA is a set of standards for the manufacturing of flat screen televisions and PC monitors. Most manufacturers comply with this standard by adhering to an industry wide “hole pattern” on the back of their displays for mounting purposes.
How do I measure my TV’s VESA standard?
Look for the 4 mounting holes on the back of your flat screen television. Take both a horizontal and vertical measurement (in mm). This is your VESA Standard. A VESA hole pattern is measured in both horizontal and vertical distance between mounting holes. For example, VESA 75 x 75 means your TV mounting holes are 75mm apart horizontally and 75mm apart vertically.
Finding the mount to meet your needs is simple. We will give you some insight into the three major types of TV mounts.
Low Profile Mounts
Low Profile TV Mounts are also called flat mounts or flush mounts. This type of mount is recommended for people looking for a very sleek look. Most of these low profile mounts allow for about an inch of space between the wall and TV. There is no range of motion with these mounts, meaning the mount will not rotate or tilt. This type of mount is great for minimizing space in small rooms or entertainment enclosures. Keep in mind however, in order to access wires and inputs on the TV you may have to remove it from the wall first. If you are constantly plugging and unplugging different devices consider the Tilt or Swivel Mount, the latter giving you the most behind screen access.
Tilt TV Mounts do exactly what the name implies. They allow the TV to pitch downward, perfect for people looking to mount the TV higher than eye-level. This type of mount is ideal for retail stores, boardrooms and the bedroom for an optimal viewing angle while lying down. Different models have varied ranges of motion but the vast majority provide between 15 and 20 degrees of tilt. This is usually ample for most mounting situations. Check the specifications before buying.
Swivel TV Mounts are also called articulating mounts or cantilever mounts. These mounts are really great for all mounting scenarios. They offer the maximum flexibility in viewing angles and screen movement. The typical swivel mount allows the TV to be positioned anywhere from 5 to 20 inches from the wall. As the name implies, it can also rotate approximately 60 degrees in either direction. Most swivel mounts also give you the benefit of a Tilt Mount allowing you between 15 and 20 degrees of tilt. These mounts are perfect for rooms that are multi-purpose, allowing you to adjust the screen to match your location in the room. We also recommend these mounts for open air kitchens/living rooms to allow viewing from the adjacent room. Our best selling swivel tv mount can be viewed here.
First, you need to choose a location. Consider where the majority of your viewers will be sitting. The midline of the TV set should be around the eye-level of the viewer. While most TV’s are designed to be viewed at multiple angles, the best angle is always straight on. Next, if you’re mounting into drywall you need to locate your wall studs using a stud finder. If you’re mounting into brick or concrete you don’t need to worry. You can mount anywhere on the wall!
Now that you have your spot picked out draw where the midline of your TV will be on the wall. Try to make the line level with the ground, using a leveler is helpful. If you do not own one it is still OK, we will adjust for it later. Use pencil so you can erase the markings.
Next, hold up the mount’s wall plate to your midline. Pencil in where the holes in the wall plate will meet the wall so you know where to drill. Make sure all holes are equidistant from the floor to ensure you’re mounting level. Note: Most of our mounts allow the tv to be adjusted from side-to-side on the back plate, even after the back plate is secured to the wall.
Use the included hardware to anchor your mounting plate into the wall, be sure to line up the holes with the markings you previously made on the wall. If you’re mounting into Sheetrock, make sure you anchor into the wall studs. Test that the backplate can bear weight.
Lay down a clean towel on the floor and carefully place your LCD or Plasma screen face down on the towel exposing the back. Now you will attach the vertical mounting brackets to the rear of the TV. Sometimes the 4 mounting holes on the back of TV are not apparent at first. If they have removable caps covering them, use a flat-head screwdriver or other tool to pop them out. Use the included hardware to securely attach the mounting brackets to the TV. Make sure everything is tight and slowly pull up on the mount to verify it is secure and is bearing the weight of the TV.
Use the included hardware to attach the TV and mount to the mounting plate on the wall. You will most likely need a second person for this step depending on how heavy your TV is. Once securely attached, slowly release the TV allowing the mount to carry the weight. Congrats, you’re done!