The many different types of LCD TV mounts−from LCD TV wall mounts and pedestal stands to TV ceiling mounts−open a whole new world of flat-panel TV mounting possibilities otherwise impossible with the now almost obsolete CRT TVs and bulkier rear projection TVs.
In this second part of our LCD TV installation guide, we look at the various LCD mounts available on the market. In the process, we show you where best to use each of the different TV mounts while explaining the pros and cons of each.
1: Choosing the Proper LCD TV Mount for your TV installation job
The majority of flat-panel plasma and LCD/LED HDTVs come with a tabletop stand as a standard accessory. This in itself should do a fine job as long as you happen to have a suitable table or AV cabinet of the appropriate height where you can place your HDTV. Yet this is just one of the many mounting options available for today’s slim flat-panel TV.
The reality is that the slim profile of plasma and LCD TVs has given rise to a vast range of alternative TV mounts; these range from the modern-looking pedestal stand complete with shelf supports to take your AV gear, to TV ceiling mounts and wall-type tilting with articulated swivel-arm LCD TV mounts that take zero floor space and that are ideal when you have children running about.
LCD TV Mounts Basics: The VESA Standard
Irrespective of the mounting you opt for, you need to ensure that the LCD TV mount comes with a VESA compliant mounting hole pattern. This is the standard measurement for flat-panel TV mounts. Universal stands designed to fit various TV sizes normally come with multiple hole patters to fit the different spacing between mounting holes found on different size HDTVs.
The VESA mounting standard includes the VESA 50, 75 and 100, while larger models may use the VESA 200.
The number behind the VESA standard refers to the mounting hole pattern in millimeters. For example, an LCD TV mount designed to take VESA 100 compliant HDTVs will have four mounting holes placed at the corners of a 100mm by 100mm square.
The exception is the VESA 200, which comes either in VESA 200x100mm, or VESA 200x200mm hole pattern; most VESA 200 mounts come with both hole patterns.
Available Mounting options for your flat-panel HDTV
2: Pedestal Stands
Is floor space an issue? If not, then a possible option is the pedestal-type floor stand. It provides an ultra modern look that better fits flat-panel TVs than the standard ‘tabletop stand/cabinet’ combination.
This type of LCD TV mount does provide an easy mounting option for flat-panel televisions. It is the way to go especially if you have limited DIY skills since you do not need to drill any holes in walls.
Pedestal LCD TV mounts would normally enable you to hide all interconnecting cables inside the supporting column; most will also provide for height adjustment of the supporting bracket.
This mounting option is a great straightforward option for spaces without small children.
Mounting an LCD TV using a pedestal-type floor stand is no different from installing an ordinary TV. Just follow the instructions to assemble the various parts together using the provided Allen-key and/or spanner, and adjust the height of the supporting column and equipment shelves – if included, as necessary.
You would often need an extra pair of helping hands to lift and place the LCD HDTV on the stand. All that remains is to connect the inputs and outputs by following the installation instructions that come with the flat-panel TV and your AV gear.
3: SANUS SYSTEM Flat Panel TV Stand
There are various pedestal stands to choose from. Both pedestal stands featured here are high quality floor stands available from amazon. In particular, the SANUS SYSTEMS PFFP2-B Universal Flat Panel TV Stand featured here is one of our favorites as it comes in high-quality attractive platinum finish.
This SANUS flat-panel TV floor stand is presently selling at amazon for around $400. It is not among the cheapest mounts available online, but we think it represents good value for money.
The whole package includes the SANUS VMPL50S LCD TV mount – designed to accommodate flat-panel displays up to 50 inch, and two glass shelves to support an HDTV set-top box, a DVD, etc. Additional equipment shelves are available if required.
LCD TV Wall Mounts
These represent the most known TV mounting option. LCD TV mounts designed to hang your display on a wall are available in a large variety of models and come from many different brands. LCD wall mounts vary from the standard fixed-type wall mount to tilting mounts and articulated swivel-arm mounts.
The use of a tilting wall mount is ideal for hanging your LCD HDTV above eye level like when mounting the TV above the fireplace. It is also a most suitable option in a bedroom installation when you want to watch TV while lying in bed.
On the other hand, an articulated swivel-arm mount gives you more TV viewing flexibility as it lets you swing your flat-panel TV either side for better TV viewing from different angles.
All LCD wall mounts consist of two main parts, a back plate that mounts onto the wall, and a front plate with the VESA mounting hole pattern that is screwed onto the back panel of your LCD television. What happens in between these two plates determines whether the wall mount is fixed, tilting, etc.
Irrespective of the model and brand, the mounting process for an LCD TV mount is practically always the same. You just screw the back plate onto the wall, attach the front plate to your LCD TV, and then lower the whole LCD TV/front plate assembly into the rest of the wall mount. You would need help here. Models vary, so make sure you follow the installation guides that come with both your TV mount and LCD HDTV.
4: Fixed-type LCD Wall Mounts
These TV wall mounts take up the least amount of space in that they add no more than two inches to your flat-panel television set depth. The PDR Mounts fixed-type flat-panel TV wall mount displayed on the right adds just approximately 1.625 inches to the overall depth of your flat-panel HDTV.
These relatively simple wall mounts are also among the cheapest LCD TV mounts you can buy; the heavy-duty fixed-wall mount shown hear is presently selling online at under $65.
There is even more in favor to the standard fixed-type LCD TV wall mount. This is the easiest to install yourself; if you have ever hung a bathroom cabinet, you can handle the job. Aesthetically, this is also the LCD TV stand to use with the latest ultra-slim LED TVs. Some fixed-type TV mounts specifically designed for the latest inch-thin LED TVs add less than an inch to the TV overall depth; these better complement the thin profile of the latest LED TVs−making the LED TV look more like a picture than a TV once hanged on the wall.
But… Unless you have some restriction with the additional increase in depth resulting from the use of adjustable wall mounts, try to avoid using fixed LCD TV mounts. It is true that these are the easiest to install, and in the case of LED TVs, these provide a more aesthetically pleasing mounting solution.
However, once you lower your LCD TV in place, it would be difficult if not impossible to manage the inputs at the back of your television especially with slim-type fixed wall mounts. This is important as not all LCD HDTVs come with conveniently placed inputs. In most cases, you will have to remove the LCD TV from the wall bracket each time you need to pass a new cable.
5: Tilting and Articulated-Arm Wall Mounts
Tilting and swiveling wall mounts add a bit more depth to the overall wall mount than fixed-type LCD TV mounts. The tilting wall mount shown on the right is approximately 3-inches in depth as against the less than 2-inches for a standard fixed-type wall mount.
But these mounts leave your interconnecting options open as they will enable you to add more cables to support new gear later without having to remove the LCD display panel from the supporting bracket.
Tilting wall mounts provide for a change in the vertical angle of view (typically ±15 degrees) of the television depending on the viewer’s position. These LCD wall mounts are best suited where the ideal mounting height is not feasible.
A swiveling bracket allows also for a change in the horizontal viewing angle. This means tilting and swiveling/articulated arm LCD TV mounts have a further advantage. Through the proper adjustment of the LCD panel, it is possible to improve the viewing experience while minimizing glare problems.
Opting for a wall mount that allows for vertical and/or horizontal movement is the best way to go if the additional increase in overall depth is not a problem. Price wise, the additional expense for a tilting LCD TV mount with respect to a standard ‘fixed’ type wall mount is minimal, yet the convenience gained is significant.
6: Sanus Systems VMAA26S Universal 30″50″ Flat Panel Mounts
Articulated-arm LCD TV mounts provide for even better positioning of the LCD panel while maintaining all the benefits associated with tilting and swiveling mounts.
However, these types of wall mounts are somewhat more expensive than fixed or tilting LCD wall mounts. The SANUS stand shown here is selling at Amazon for just under $270. Still, this mount is good value for money considering its solid heavy-gauge steel construction. Furthermore, it comes in an attractive polished silver finish, and features tilt, swivel, pan, and extended motion adjustments.
7: Ceiling LCD TV Mounts
Last but not least, you can go for a ceiling TV mount; this is another good bedroom TV installation option.
However this is the most difficult to do it yourself. Unless you have exceptional DIY skills, we advise to leave this TV mounting option for the professional. Should you decide to handle the job yourself, ensure that you take the structural integrity of the ceiling into account.
Ceiling mounts are generally more expensive than fixed wall-type LCD TV mounts even though when it comes to online pricing, the price difference between the two types is not so pronounced. Just take the articulating LCD ceiling mount featured here; it is selling at amazon for less than $80; this is practically the price of a good quality fixed-type wall mount.
This silver finished ceiling mount from Vantage Point is both VESA 100 and VESA 200 compliant, and can support up to 100lbs, meaning that it can easily take one of the latest 65-inch LED or plasma TVs! It also features a 15-degree downward tilt mechanism for better positioning of the flat-panel TV.
1. When you purchase an LCD TV mount, purchase only from a reputable source.
2. Buying online offers a price advantage, but ensure you get a good return policy in case you discover that the selected mount is not suitable for your needs. Most major online stores−including amazon−do support appropriate policies in this respect.
3. When you buy an LCD TV mount, ensure that it fits your flat-panel TV. Check both the mounting hole pattern on the mount, and equally important, its load bearing capacity with respect to the weight of your flat-panel TV.