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Choosing a TV Wall Mount
|Wall-mounting your TV can give you a really neat, clean look. You can hide the audio/video cables using a raceway, like the Wiremold cover above, or by routing them through your walls.|
Virtually all flat-panel LCD and plasma TVs include a pedestal stand. This works great if you're placing your TV on a table or cabinet. But one of the things that makes flat-panel TVs so appealing is their shallow depth and reasonably light weight, which allow them to be mounted on a wall. This creates a very clean, space-efficient look, and when the TV isn't on, it's barely noticeable.
Most TVs don't come with their own mounting hardware, so you'll have to purchase it separately. This article will explain the differences between various types of wall mounts, and recommend the right type for various installations. We'll also include some basic installation tips, but for more info, watch our video or read our in-depth guide about TV wall-mounting.
TV wall-mounts range from basic fixed-mount designs to those with nearly unlimited flexibility for positioning your TV. Think about what you want your bracket to be able to do. Do you want to be able to adjust the TV to get a better view from different seats? Would you like to be able to angle the TV for optimum viewing, yet also have it hug the wall when not in use? There are a variety of options to choose from.
Here are the basic mount types and the applications they're best suited for.
Finding the right wall mount for your TV
If you already have your TV, check the owner's manual for mounting guidelines. Some TVs require that you use a specific bracket, but most models have standard-spaced mounting holes in back that are compatible with a number of brackets. You can also use our mount locator to quickly find a compatible mount — you simply select the brand and model of your TV.
When you find a bracket that appears to be a good fit for your TV, be sure to check that your TV falls within the bracket's recommended range for screen size and weight. It's very important to choose a bracket that is designed to support your TV's weight.
Other mounting options
Here are a few more solutions for your TV and audio/video gear.