On the surface, it seems appropriate to mount a TV on the wall. It saves space and raises the screen so that the whole room can see it.
However, starting the process without a plan can quickly become a disaster. Help the process of installing your TV much better by answering these 7 questions first.
Do not Have a place for the components?
If you're like most people, you've connected multiple devices to your TV. Game consoles, cable boxes, DVRs and the like require a home near your TV to allow the cables to reach the TV's output ports. I solved this problem by installing a floating shelf under my TV.
Another idea is to put a bookshelf under the TV to contain all the equipment. Just drill a large hole in the back of the bookshelf to pull the cables through, if there is not one.
Do you have a cord-hiding plan?
The sleek look of a mounted TV can easily be destroyed by a jumble of cables pulling up the wall. Even if you do not connect a single device to your TV, you still have to fight with an ugly cable leading from your wall to the wall outlet. Are you alright with the television tail?
If not, there are a few solutions:
- You can have your cables installed in the wall (of course, by a specialist)
- Make a socket behind the TV so the cable is not needed dangle
- Acquire a cord hanger that disguises the cords, such as this cable cover or cable cover
Can your wall handle it?
The most important thing when installing a TV is whether your wall can hold it or not. Even the most modern, lightest TVs are a bit heavier than your biggest framed pieces. For this reason, the selected location requires a bolt (or two) to anchor the screws.
Use a Stud Finder to locate the pegs in your wall to determine where you can hang the TV. Do not try to use drywall anchors for hanging. Eventually, the anchors will be pulled through the drywall and your TV will land on the floor.
No Stud? Choose a different location with a deck where you need it.
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Do you have all the tools?
Make sure you have the tools to mount a TV on your wall. You need a bolt finder, a drill, a drill that is about as big as the mounting screws and a screwdriver bit. If you do not have the tools you need, and you do not want to invest in them, you can rent them at some hardware stores.
Are the connections accessible?
Check where the connections are to your TV. If the ports are on the back of the TV, you should buy a wall mount that can be telescoped out to give you better access to the back of the TV. This is especially important if you frequently add new devices to your TV. You do not want to unplug the TV every time you need access to the ports.
What is your angle?
Another way of looking at the wall mount is to look at it. If you want to tilt your TV according to your sitting position, you should choose an adjustable bracket that allows you to turn the TV to different angles. For example, my husband turns on the TV when the late afternoon sun comes through the window to reduce glare. In this case, we definitely needed an adjustable bracket.
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