Wall Mounts Types For Your TV Installation
Wall mounts come in three basic types: flat (or low-profile), tilting and full-motion mounts.
There are some more advanced types, as well, but are little more than variations on the themes found in the three
basic types. These include a pivoting or swivel mount (commonly a part of a full-motion mount), and a telescoping
mount. And, the most advanced and expensive models available will provide two or more of these functions in one
The flat wall mount is what one would expect – a stationary mount on which
the brackets that are affixed to the back of the television attach and anchor it the wall. The greatest
advantages of this type of bracket are its relative ease of installation and low cost. The disadvantages,
however, are significant. For one, once the TV is mounted it will not move. It will not tilt, nor will it move
up and down or side to side. It will hang on the wall just as a picture would. This leads to the second
disadvantage – difficulty in installing and uninstalling other thing in the back of the TV. If the job is more
than just plugging in the TV, the TV will probably have to be taken down and the desired cables affixed before
it placed back on the wall.
The tilt mount is a step up from the flat mount, and provides the ability for the TV to be
tilted up and down (although not shifted up and down, elevation-wise, as the full-motion mount allows). This will
provide options on how close or far away seating is placed, if the TV is initially mounted higher up, and will also
make it easier to handle cables leading into and out of the back of the set.
The full-motion mount allows the TV to be moved up and down and from side to side on a bracketed
track of sorts, as well as pivot on the horizontal axis on an arm that connects to the mount. This can be helpful
in living room set-ups where furniture rearrangement is frequent, as well as with smaller televisions might be used
in a kitchen, office or workshop. The arm allows the TV to be adjusted so it has several different angles of view
from anywhere in a room.
In addition to these functions, a mount may also be telescoping, so it can be pushed flat against a wall, or brought forward on
an extending arm. This is perhaps one of the most expensive features one will find on a mount, but is a great
addition for televisions that are also used for gaming, or serve as monitors for computing or looking at
Most wall mounts are categorized and priced by the screen size of the TV
they are designed to mount, and increase in price as the size of the television goes up. Buyers may notice that
a specific type of mount may be suitable for a range of sizes in television screens, such as 13” – 19” mounts.
It is extremely important that the buyer respect these dimensions, as well as the type of TV that is being
For instance, if a person does not know that plasma TVs are typically heavier than LCD TVs, and
decides to mount a 23” plasma TV using a mount that is designed for LCD TVs within a range of 13” – 19” the
combined miscalculations could result in a broken television set.
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