Getting a new HDTV is always exciting. Who does not like watching their shows, movies, and sports on a bigger and better screen? Of course, you are not just going to sit your new television on the ground in front of your couch — you need to mount it as well!
For many people, mounting their television is something that tends to get overlooked. After all, how complicated can it be to attach a TV to a wall? The reality is that there are a few considerations that should be made before mounting a TV. While the specific considerations will vary depending on your needs, there are a few common factors that everyone should take into account:
Whether you have a 32-inch screen or just purchased a 75 inch HDTV with a curved screen and all of the latest features, you want to figure out if putting the television at eye-level is feasible and optimal.
Figuring out eye-level is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is sit on your couch or chair, then have someone else use a tape measure to measure the distance between your eyes and the ground. If there are multiple couches that are at different heights, or if there is more than one person who will be watching the television on a regular basis, you can simply take the average distance and go from there!
If you have never mounted a television before, you might be surprised to find that there are a few different options available to you. The following are the three main categories, along with the best use-cases for each:
If this is your first time mounting a television onto your wall, it might be worthwhile to hire a professional to do it for you — or, at the very least ask a friend who has done it before to help you out. As a general rule of thumb, the more complicated a wall mount, the more likely it is that you’ll need someone to help you out — professional or otherwise. That means that basic fixed wall mounts are likely your best bet for a DIY project, while tilting and full motion mounts might justify a little assistance.
Whichever route you ultimately choose, make sure safety is your first consideration so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new HDTV!