6 Things You Need To Know Before Mounting Your TV
1. What size is your TV?
It’s important to know the size of your TV so that the TV installer can accurately quote you for the job and bring the right tools. The size of the TV is generally on the box/packaging it came in, however if you don’t have that, you can measure the distance between the corners, as shown in the picture of a 32 inch TV below.
2. Should you buy your own wall mount or attachment to the wall? If so, which one?
Short answer: It depends. Buying your own mount may save you money but only if you buy one that can handle the size of your TV and is quality enough to withstand any long-term issues. If you’re unclear on mount quality, we recommend that you ask your installer to provide your mount.
As for the type of mount you want to buy, there are generally 3 different alternatives:
- Fixed/Standard will just stay in one spot and is unadjustable. If you only ever need it in one spot, then this is the one for you.
- Tilting Mount is vertically adjustable but you can’t shift it side-to-side.
- Full motion can adjust vertically and horizontally, meaning you can adjust it however you’d like.
A diagram of our motion possibilities and prices of the mounts are listed below.
3. What surface are you mounting the TV on?
There are many different surfaces that you can mount your TV, with the most common being drywall with wooden beams if you’re in a house. If you’re in an apartment building, your walls are probably drywall with metal beams or concrete walls. Other surfaces include brick, tile and stone which are generally more expensive to install on because they are harder to work with (installing above a fireplace also fits into this category). If you have one of the less common surfaces, like the ones listed above, you can usually figure out which surface yours visually (however if you’re still unclear, Google images and/or your TV installer can help).
4. Are you concealing your cords? If so, how?
This one is often not thought of until after the fact when a customer looks at their cords dangling from beneath their TV. If you would like to conceal your cords (which is highly recommended for the best look) there are two main options. Internal and External. Internal cord concealment looks the best but it is generally more expensive. This is due to having to run the cords behind the wall which can be tricky and also requires a special pass so that you won’t have an inflow of dust and cold air over the winter. External is cheaper but also doesn’t look as good as you can still see the cords at the bottom, and the attachment does not look as clean. Below are examples of no cord concealment compared to external concealment and internal concealment.
5. Do you know where you want to put connected devices?
Do you have a great stand where you plan on putting your cable box or gaming console? Great! If not, you may want to consider installing a shelf that can hold these devices, or hide these devices behind the tv for a cleaner look. There are also mounts that are great for hiding your devices, so definitely consult with your technician that you would like those provided if that is what you want.
6. Should I get a sound bar mounted as well?
Yes. Sound bars are great for enhancing tv sound quality and have become more and more necessary as TVs have thinned out (reducing the size of the speaker). If you are mounting a TV, sound bars should be mounted as well with the cables hidden along with the TV cables. When you buy a soundbar, there should be attachment brackets that come with them. If you still have them, our technicians can use them to mount it on the wall. If not, we can get you our sound bar mounts that go together with the TV mount.