You bought your new flat screen TV for the home (whether it is LCD, LED or plasma it makes no difference) or you simply decided it is time to hang the one you have on the wall, then get to work. It’s not a difficult thing to do, but it requires several considerations to make sure you’re not wrong.
A compatible tv bracket allows you to place the TV on the wall as if it were a painting, with no other possibilities. The TV will be completely fixed and will not be able to do anything, neither be oriented towards a particular point nor be inclined. Its use is recommended if you intend to position the TV at eye level when sitting.
Compatible tilting supports are the second choice. They are like the previous ones, but with the difference that they allow you to tilt the screen, sometimes only downwards and others both downwards and upwards.
Why do you need a “compatible” tilting bracket? Very simple, to prevent an excessive viewing angle from obscuring the view of the screen. The line of sight between your eyes and the TV screen should be perpendicular, so if you fix the TV at a certain height you need to allow it to tilt. The supports with one or two arms allow you to move the TV from the wall and turn it to view the image correctly, even to put them in complicated places such as the corners of the room. Depending on the length of the arm you can have multiple possibilities of movement, horizontally or vertically according to the mechanism mounted by the arm. But be careful with the dimensions and maximum weight allowed.
Screen Diagonal And Weight
As already mentioned, when choosing the ideal bracket for the TV, it is necessary to consider whether it should be fixed or moved. But we must also remember the screen size and weight. We could also use a stand for a 40 ″ TV with a 24 ″ one, but it does not mean that we can do the same in reverse, even if the fixing is compatible.
Each bracket is designed to support a certain weight. That’s why if I have to hang a 24 ″ display in the kitchen, the support will be different from a 55-inch one. The reason is simple, the system of fixing points to the wall must be suitable for the weight to be supported. Pay close attention to the maximum weight that the bracket supports and up to how many inches it can be used. This information must adapt to the characteristics of the TV.
The Separation Between Wall And TV
You thought of hanging the TV on the wall and enjoying it as if it were a painting. You bought a super-flat bracket, worked with the drill and fixed it to the wall, installed the TV and … noooo! Now you cannot connect the power cable, there is no space for the antenna connector, the scart and the other connectors collide.
This is what happens to many people and it’s no wonder. Remember to take into account the connections on the TV, their position, whether the cables will be perpendicular or parallel to the screen, what things will be connected and how much minimum space is needed between the wall and the TV. And not only the distance matters but the support plate also must not cover or prevent access to the connections on the back of the TV, which many times are inconvenient to reach already.
At this point, you should know everything it takes to choose the bracket you need, but now the best part is: mount it. Installing a wall-mount for the TV is not complicated, as long as the wall is strong enough to support the weight (therefore no plasterboard wall or similar) and use all the fixing points indicated by the manufacturer.
The Right Way To Find Out Compatibility Of A Tv Bracket
✔ Choose the right support for your TV, with the correct distance between the holes in the back that allows you to fix the bracket.
✔ The size in inches and weight must never exceed those recommended by the manufacturer of the support.
✔ If you intend to put the TV at a height that does not allow you to see it perpendicular to the screen, then choose a tilting bracket.
✔ If you want to place the TV in a corner or to view it from different points of view of the room, choose support with an adjustable arm.
✔ Remember the space between TV and wall, so that all cables can be connected without problems.
✔ Use all the fixing points indicated by the bracket manufacturer and make sure that the screws and dowels are the ones suitable to support the weight.