For many years, people have been mounting their televisions behind furniture to the wall to save floor space. That’s especially important these days as condos and apartments (and even some homes) get smaller and smaller.
As televisions get larger and larger, there is also a concern about making sure that the mounting mechanisms are secure, especially in areas of the country that are prone to earthquakes.
Our line of TV Lift Mechanisms (while often installed into cabinets) can actually be directly mounted to a wall. Want to hide your TV behind a sofa or other piece of furniture? Consider wall mounting it.
Here are a few tips for making sure you mount your television correctly.
First, can your wall handle the weight of the television? Most televisions these days are heavier than standard hanging pieces, so you will need to find the studs to anchor the screws. In some cases, you might need two studs. It’s relatively easy to locate them with a stud finder. We don’t recommend using drywall anchors for mounting televisions. Always be safe. When in doubt, check with a professional to make sure you’re mounting your television in the right spot. One caveat: if you plan to mount your television above a fireplace, many experts suggest finding a different location as some fireplaces don’t have the insulation to protect the electronics.
Next, make sure you have all the tools you’ll need for the job. In addition to the stud finder, you’ll need a drill, a drill bit that is about the size as the mount screws and a screwdriver bit. Check out the instructions for your mounting unit to be sure you have everything you need before your start the job.
The third thing you need is to think about the cords. Some people don’t like the look of a tangle of cables running up your wall. If you’re okay with a cord hanging down, press ahead. If you’d prefer to have a clean space, consider having the cord installed inside the wall (you’ll likely need to hire a pro to do this). You could also get a power outlet installed behind the television (again, time to get a pro). Finally, you could get something to hide the cord.
Like the cords, you’ll likely need to access the ports of your television. If they’re on the back of the TV, you may need to buy a wall mount that can telescope outward to give you access to the back. Imagine if you plan to add new electronic devices down the road and you have to take it down every time you need access. It’s a relatively easy, inexpensive fix that will help you avoid future headaches.
Finally – what’s the best viewing angle? You might be able to purchase an adjustable mount that lets you rotate the TV to different angles so you can maximize viewing pleasure.
See our line of TV Lift Mechanisms today.