Choosing a TV Wall Mount
Know your television wall mount options
Mounting your television on the wall is a secure way to enjoy your favorite shows and movies, and it's also a great way to save space if you're in cramped quarters. However, there's much more to consider than just purchasing the cheapest television brackets you can find and getting to work. You need to take a wide range of factors into account, including weight maximums, screen size support, and the type of equipment you need to complete the TV wall mount installation.
Factors to Consider in a Flat Screen TV Mount
Beyond the price of your flat screen TV mount, you should also take a close look at:
- Weight requirements. To get the right wall mount, you need to know how much your television weighs and be sure to select a mount that is capable of supporting at least that much weight. If you're not sure how much your television weighs, it's easy to find out -- just look up the make and model number online, and find its weight through the manufacturer's website or another site that lists technical specifications for your television.
- Screen size support. In addition to weight, you need to make sure your television brackets or wall mount unit is designed to support your television's screen size. Otherwise, you risk introducing instability to the system. Bear in mind that television screen sizes are measured diagonally, from the top corner on one side to the bottom corner on the other side.
- Additional equipment and accessories. You'll probably want to avoid purchasing a TV wall mount that requires you to buy any tools or installation devices you don't already own. You can get TV mount kits that include all the hardware and tools you'll need to complete the installation on your own, without needing to buy anything else.
It's a good idea to get someone to give you a hand when mounting your television. An extra set of hands will come in very handy while you're trying to position the TV inside the television brackets or wall mount, and you won't have to worry about damaging your equipment or needing to hold the TV in place while making adjustments on your own.
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